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Get Pricing & Availability for Assisted Living in Boston, MA

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Roughly 11.8% of Boston’s population is aged 65 and older. Health care costs in the city are nearly 20% lower than the national average, meaning older adults with chronic medical conditions can expect to pay less for coinsurance and out-of-pocket expenses. Although the overall cost of living in Boston is more than 60% above the national average, tax advantages may offset some of the added expense. Unlike many other states, Massachusetts doesn’t tax income from public pensions or Social Security, giving seniors increased spending power.

Seniors who require assisted living care can expect to pay an average of $6,819 per month in Boston. While this is higher than the national average, Massachusetts’ SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) Program and MassHealth Medicaid may cover much or some of the costs for older adults.

This guide reviews the average monthly costs of assisted living in Boston and introduces seniors to valuable resources to help them save money.

The Cost of Assisted Living and Care in Boston

According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Boston is $6,819.

Assisted living costs in Boston are $319 more than the Massachusetts average of $6,500 and $2,319 higher than the national median of $4,500. Assisted living rates tend to be lower in other areas of Massachusetts. Seniors in Springfield pay the lowest assisted living rates in the region at $5,048, while their counterparts in Worcester pay $5,685 for this level of care. In Brockton, New Bedford and Fall River, assisted living costs $6,063 per month, which is higher than the national median but lower than both the Boston average and the statewide median.

  • Boston: $6,819
  • Massachusetts: $6,500
  • United States: $4,500
  • Springfield: $5,048
  • Worcester: $5,685
  • Brockton/New Bedford/Fall River: $6,063

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Boston, MA

Adult day health care is the least expensive senior care option in Boston at $1,614 per month. Basic in-home care costs $6,292 per month, and home health care, which includes light medical care, costs $6,244. Assisted living is a little more expensive at $6,819 and is for those who require more supervision than in-home care provides. Nursing home care is the priciest senior care option in Boston. A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs $13,155 and a private room costs $14,402.

  • In-Home Care: $6,292
  • Home Health Care: $6,244
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,614
  • Assisted Living Facility: $6,819
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $13,155
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $14,402

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Boston, MA

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Boston, MA

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Massachusetts.

Free Resources for Seniors in Boston, MA

Boston seniors can take advantage of several programs to save money, get assistance with various daily living activities and find options for paying for care.




Central Boston Elder Services

(617) 277-7416

In cooperation with corporate donors, the City of Boston sponsors this program to deliver free and low-cost services to seniors with demonstrated financial, physical and mental needs. Through the program, seniors receive case managers who get to know them and then match them with the services most likely to benefit them. The case managers make the arrangements and then check in with seniors to ensure the services are adequate.

Age Strong Commission

(617) 635-4366

One of Massachusetts’ Councils on Aging, this commission provides free transportation services for Boston area seniors. The commission also provides free financial, budgeting and long-term care counseling. Older adults who qualify for programs, such as food stamps, can get help with applying from the commission’s network of volunteers.

BCYF Golden Age Senior Center

(617) 635-5175

The BCYF Golden Age Senior Center network organizes activities and delivers services for seniors. Any older adult in the Boston area can join for free and participate in events such as bingo, book clubs, crocheting, Pokeno and walking clubs. The senior centers also provide discounted taxi coupons, free health screenings, housing referrals and a free lunch program.

South Boston Neighborhood House Senior Program

(617) 268-1619

The South Boston Neighborhood House Senior Program provides recreational, exercise, educational and social activities that encourage physical fitness and keep older adults from feeling isolated. At the center, seniors can also speak with a counselor for help with SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) insurance coverage or referrals for public assistance, in-home care and long-term care services.

Greater Boston Legal Services

(617) 371-1234

Greater Boston Legal Services is a team of more than 60 attorneys who provide free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of the Boston metropolitan area. Seniors can get legal help dealing with cases of elder abuse, government benefits, health care and nursing home rights, fraud and scams.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Boston, MA

Assisted Living Communities in Boston are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Boston, MA

Landmark at Longwood

Kind staff, cozy apartments and recently renovated common areas are some of the reasons seniors enjoy calling this assisted living community home. The facility offers a range of care, from assistance with daily tasks to medication management, physical and speech therapy and 24-7 supervision. To keep their wits sharp, residents can take part in some of the organized activities or join a book or hobby club. Socialization is encouraged, whether while watching TV in a dedicated TV room or outdoors in the garden and patio area. There is a general store and beauty parlor on-site for residents' needs. Transportation for off-site events, shopping trips and medical appointments is provided. Small pets are welcome.

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  • Facility offers a range of care, from assistance with daily tasks to medication management, physical and speech therapy and 24-7 supervision.
  • Facility boast a general store and beauty parlor on-site for residents' needs.

Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown

Talent shows, chair massages and creative crafts are just some of the activities on the calendar at Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown. This assisted living community offers a blend of award-winning green space and helping hands for seniors that can still live primarily independently. Residents decide on the weekly menu that is served restaurant-style in the communal dining room. Fitness classes help seniors stay active and moving, while resident groups and classes provide opportunities to enjoy a hobby or learn something new. There are a hydration room, meditation center and computer nook, all available to residents throughout the day.

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  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Amenities include, meditation center, hydration room, and computer nooks.

Susan Bailis Assisted Living

Residents of Susan Bailis Assisted Living, nestled in Boston's historic South End neighborhood, have easy access to Tufts Medical Center and many high-end shops. Several cozy floor plans are available; they all have walk-in showers, kitchenettes and other homelike features. Residents can get pampered in the beauty salon, challenge their friends to a card game in the community room or relax with a new book in the library. Additional on-site amenities include patios, gardens and computer stations. Residents and their guests can park their cars in the monitored, heated garage.

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  • All floor plans have walk-in showers, kitchenettes, and other homelike features.
  • On-site amenities include patios, gardens and computer stations.

Standish Village

Standish Village is nestled in Boston's historic Lower Mills neighborhood, just a few minutes away from Carney Hospital. Each assisted living apartment has a large bathroom, ample storage space and an in-unit kitchenette. Some floor plans have granite countertops, oversized windows and other high-end features. Standish Village has many common areas, including a community room, game room and hallway nooks. For fresh air, residents can head to the patio or rooftop deck. In the elegant dining room, residents are served fresh, healthy meals based on a Mediterranean diet; for special events, residents can reserve the private dining room.

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  • Each apartment has a large bathroom, ample storage space and an in-unit kitchenette.
  • Healthy Mediterranean diet based meals served fresh.

Compass on the Bay Assisted Living

Recognized by Assisted Living Today as one of the top 20 assisted living communities in Massachusetts, Compass on the Bay provides individualized care services and research-based treatment for seniors in a home-like environment with beautiful views of Carson Beach and Dorchester Bay. The facility is brightly lit and features private apartments, intimate community rooms and accessible outdoor garden spaces. Its single-story design makes it easy for seniors to navigate independently and helps residents feel a sense of belonging and community. A wide range of daily activities are offered that build confidence and encourage relationships between residents, including yoga classes, educational seminars, art lessons and a weekly baking group. The facility also hosts frequent special events, live entertainment performances and scheduled group outings to local restaurants and attractions.

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  • Individualized care services and research-based treatment for seniors in a home-like environment.
  • Wide range of daily activities are offered, including yoga classes, educational seminars, art lessons and a weekly baking group.

Brookdale Quincy Bay

Seniors moving into Brookdale Quincy Bay can choose accommodations, from studio to 2-bedroom apartments. Each unit is equipped with a kitchenette, or seniors may choose to eat their meals in the community dining room. Compassionate staff is available 24/7 to help with mobility and other daily living needs, and a skilled nurse is on hand during business hours. Residents have access to a garden and patio, computer room, and a library, and there is Wi-Fi available in each room. To help develop friendships, Brookdale organizes games, hobby groups, and fitness classes, as well as group trips off-site. Parking is available for those that drive, and for those that don't, Brookdale has transportation.

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  • 24/7 available staffing.
  • On-site amenities include, garden patios, computer room, and library, as well as, WIFI access.

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle offers different assisted living service plans that cater to each resident's individuality. Basic services include assistance for personal needs and medication management, as well as the privacy of one-bedroom or studio apartments. The Live Now, Live Well program promotes fun and fitness through a robust calendar of programs, which include a wide array of recreational activities, as well as religious services. The adjacent Jewish Community Center Early Learning Center helps cultivate a sense of purpose among residents, allowing them to volunteer as classroom grandparents to preschool kids. Additionally, Chestnut Park's relationship with Showa Boston, a Japanese language and culture center, provides engaging intercultural exchanges with visiting university students.

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  • Individually catered care and services offered to each resident.
  • Facility offers fitness programs as well as diverse cultivational experiences.

Atria Marina Place

Atria Marina Place is located just south of Boston in North Quincy's upscale Marina Bay neighborhood. With kitchenettes, walk-in showers and individual thermostat control, seniors can feel comfortable in their apartments; varied floor plans are available. Pets are welcome, and seniors may enjoy exploring the walking paths, patios, gazebos and other outdoor areas with their furry friends. Podiatry, rehabilitation and other medical services are conveniently available on-site. We featured Atria Marina Place in Boston's top 10 because of their award-winning culinary team. Varied menus are served restaurant-style in the elegant dining room, but residents can also enjoy casual meals in the pub. Special diets, such as vegetarian or no-salt-added, can be accommodated.

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  • Pet-friendly facility.
  • Various menu options ranging from casual to elegant to special dietary meal plans.

Wingate Residences at Boylston Place

Seniors who choose Wingate Residences for assisted living accommodations have apartment-style options that range from a studio to a two-bedroom, all of which have individual kitchens, housekeeping and linen services and access to a concierge 24 hours a day. Attentive caregivers are available for daily living and mobility assistance, and skilled nurses are on staff around-the-clock. Nutritious meals are served restaurant-style in the community dining room, with optional room service. Planned activities and games help residents make new friends, while group outings encourage them to explore the area. Transportation is provided for medical appointments and shopping, and parking is available for those who still drive. Small pets are welcome.

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  • Housekeeping, linen services, and concierge access is available 24 hours a day.
  • Nutritious meals served restaurant-style or via room service.

Evans Park at Newton Corner

Evans Park at Newton Corner seeks to create a meaningful experience for its senior residents through human connection. With an emphasis on each residents' individuality, the dedicated staff work to provide comfort through a range of personal services while preserving independence to promote overall well-being. Services range from help with everyday tasks, such as laundry and housekeeping, to more complex needs, including one-on-one companionship, behavioral support and mealtime assistance. Residents can enjoy the facility's many amenities, such as a games and activities lounge, fitness room and library. Its signature Live Now, Live Well program encourages seniors to stay active through activities such as exercise classes, games, book discussions and art workshops, and to remain engaged with the community through organized group outings and volunteer opportunities.

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  • Services offered include, help with everyday tasks, laundry, housekeeping, or more complex needs, such as behavioral support or meal assistance.
  • Residents can enjoy the facility's many amenities, such as a games and activities lounge, fitness room and library.