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Nestled along the banks of the scenic Connecticut River in western Massachusetts, Chicopee is a midsize city that was founded in 1890. Of the 55,560 people who now call Chicopee home, over 18% are seniors aged 65 and older.
Seniors seeking assisted living care in a New England city that’s large enough to offer plenty of urban amenities while still retaining its historic, small-town charm may want to take a look at Chicopee. The city is filled with independent shops, taverns and restaurants, and the surrounding mountains make a stunning backdrop to Chicopee’s skyline. Winters here are usually brisk and snowy, while summers tend to be warm and comfortable. There are a number of health care facilities nearby, including Holyoke Medical Center’s Chicopee Outpatient Services, and Baystate Medical Center, a 716-bed academic hospital in neighboring Springfield.
According to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average assisted living rate in Chicopee is $5,750 per month. Given that the statewide median is $6,085, assisted living care in Chicopee is relatively affordable in comparison to other locations in Massachusetts.
Note: Information for Chicopee was not available, so data from the nearest city, Springfield, was used.
This guide provides a look at the 10 best assisted living facilities in the Chicopee area.
River Mills Assisted Living at Chicopee Falls
Opened in 2019, River Mills Assisted Living at Chicopee Falls is a bright, modern assisted living facility that combines affordability with exceptional care. Each private suite includes a bathroom with a walk-in shower, a kitchenette and plenty of storage space, and there's a private dining room that can be reserved for family celebrations. The spacious landscaped patio provides residents with a safe space to enjoy time outdoors during the summer months, and indoor common areas include a salon, pub, library, fitness center and games room.
The Arbors at Chicopee
Owned and operated by the same family for more than two decades, The Arbors at Chicopee is an established senior living facility where residents enjoy personalized support from a team of dedicated caregivers. Nursing staff are on-site 7 days a week, and each senior receives a wearable emergency alert pendant they can use to call for assistance from anywhere on the campus. Weekly housekeeping and linen services are included, and residents have access to the services and programs offered at the local senior center.
The Wellington at Springfield
The Wellington at Springfield is a welcoming, supportive senior living community staffed by mature caregivers. There's a robust education and recreation program designed to help residents retain their independence, expand their social circle and explore their hobbies and interests. Seniors can get pampered in the on-site beauty salon, and the piano lounge is a popular gathering place. Regular book club meetings are held in the library, and hearty, home-style meals are served in the tastefully decorated dining room.
Prosper Life Care at Monastery Heights
Located in a beautifully restored Catholic monastery, Prosper Life Care at Monastery Heights is a unique assisted living community. The idyllic setting features a private chapel, stunning architecture and breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley. Catholic Mass is celebrated each Monday, and pastoral care is available to all residents. Seniors can shop for treats and personal care products at the country store, and transportation to nearby medical appointments and special events is included. We featured this facility on our 10-best list because it's been voted the Best Assisted Living Community in Springfield for close to a decade.
Nestled in a country setting just north of I-90, Keystone Commons offers independent and assisted living services as well as a specialized memory care program. Residents enjoy peaceful views of the nearby woods while dining on freshly prepared meals in the restaurant-style dining room. On-site rehabilitation therapies are available, and recreational amenities include a fitness center, library and activity center stocked with games and crafting supplies. Each private apartment home features either a balcony or patio, and caregivers work under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse.
The Reserve at East Longmeadow
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood close to I-91, The Reserve at East Longmeadow is a comfortable assisted living and memory care community. Daily programming focuses on promoting physical, cognitive and spiritual wellness through group and individual activities such as fitness classes, crafting workshops with local schoolchildren, and excursions to nearby restaurants and attractions. Residents enjoy unlimited access to a variety of amenities including a spacious movie theater, games room, computer area and cafe.
Orchard Valley at Wilbraham
Orchard Valley at Wilbraham is situated just south of Route 20 near the Spec Pond Recreation Area. This spacious, two-story senior living community is known for being bright, cheery and inviting. Companion animals are welcome, and on-site amenities include a well-equipped fitness center, spa, hair salon and library. When the weather is favorable, residents can relax on the spacious patios and stroll the landscaped walking paths. During the winter months, the fireside living room is a great place to visit with friends and neighbors.
Situated on the 23-acre JCS Lifecare campus, Ruth's House is a 64-suite assisted living facility where residents enjoy three kosher meals plus snacks daily, a wide range of cultural events, and worship services led by the on-site rabbi. The dedicated Life Enrichment team ensures that residents always have a number of fun and engaging activities to look forward to, and the comprehensive on-site services include wellness programs, certified music therapy sessions and assistance with activities of daily living. We included Ruth's House on this 10-best list because it offers a range of services to meet the cultural and spiritual needs of Jewish seniors.
The Arbors at Westfield
Family-owned and operated, The Arbors at Westfield is a warm, inviting senior living facility located close to Route 91 and the Mass Pike. The 24-hour staff provides personalized care based on each resident’s unique needs, and on-site healthcare visits can be scheduled. The local state rep often drops by for coffee hour, and the restaurant-style meals are cooked in-house using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This veteran-friendly community also hosts a number of events each year to honor those who've served.
Mason Wright is an established, 90-suite senior living community that's known for providing exceptional care. Each studio and one-bedroom assisted living suite features a private bathroom, individual climate controls, a kitchenette and large windows with custom blinds. Daily life enrichment programming includes a number of intergenerational activities with local scout troops, elementary and high schools, and children from the on-site early learning center. Licensed certified nursing assistants are always happy to lend a hand, and a registered nurse is on-site daily. We included Mason Wright on this 10-best list because this is one of the few senior living facilities to include children and youth from the local area in daily activities and special events.