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Page Reviewed / Updated – December 30, 2022
Marlborough is a city in Middlesex County, approximately 20 minutes from Worcester and 40 minutes from Boston. Just over 10% of its 41,800 residents are aged 65 and older, which is below the country’s average of 16.8%. Residents have more personal space as the population per square mile is just over 2,000, which is significantly below the national average for urban areas of 2,534. As a result, the less attractive aspects of busy cities, such as traffic jams, aren’t as common.
Despite its below-average senior population, Marlborough has much to offer seniors. The cost of living is below the norm for Massachusetts, including health care, and property crime is notably lower than the U.S. average. By the region’s standards, the climate is relatively senior-friendly, with highs of 83 degrees in the summer (although winter can get to a chilly 15 degrees). Seniors may also enjoy the quaint downtown area, parks and beaches by Ft. Meadow Lake.
Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey found the average fee for assisted living in Marlborough is $5,685 per month. This is higher than the country’s average of $4,500 but generally aligned with New England’s costs. For example, nearby Boston averages a fee of $6,819.
For those considering retirement in Marlborough, we have compiled a list of the area’s top 10 assisted living communities.
Christopher Heights of Marlborough
Christopher Heights of Marlborough is centrally located, meaning shops, restaurants and several houses of worship are within walking distance. Stevens Park and Williams Lake are also a short walk away, and it's a two-minute journey to Marlborough Hospital. Staff encourage residents to be as independent as possible but also assist with activities of daily living and organize pursuits residents can join in every day, such as bingo. Meals are chef-prepared and served in the dining room, but residents can eat in their rooms if they prefer. There are several lounge areas where residents can socialize and watch live events, such as visiting musicians.
Whitney Place at Westborough
Whitney Place at Westborough is well-placed for local amenities, such as medical care, dentistry, restaurants and banks — all of which are within walking distance. It's also close to several parks. Staff are awake and on-site around the clock to assist with daily living activities, such as dressing, managing medications and responding to emergencies. The facility's programs reflect its commitment to residents' physical/mental/emotional/spiritual wellness. They include regular excursions to museums and theaters, cooking demonstrations, pet therapy and Wii sports. There's an on-site beauty salon/barbershop, tai-chi and courtyards with walking paths.
Brookdale Cushing Park
Brookdale Cushing Park sits in a peaceful part of Framingham between Farm Pond and a reservoir. Its landscaped grounds are adorned with mature trees and several walking paths, while nearby amenities include retail stores, restaurants and churches. MetroWest Medical Center is less than 5 minutes away. Residents' homes are studio and 1 or 2-bedroom apartments, all with kitchenettes, private bathrooms and emergency call systems. Staff is on-site around the clock to help with activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing. For recreation, there's a library, billiards, a theater and an arts and crafts studio. Meals are served three times daily in the dining room.
Mary Ann Morse at Heritage
Mary Ann Morse at Heritage is conveniently located close to restaurants and banks while also being sheltered by mature trees within its landscaped grounds. The community is less than 10 minutes from MetroWest Medical Center. The nonprofit's all-inclusive monthly fees include 24/7 ADL care from trained caregivers, rooms with useful utilities, such as cable and Wi-Fi, and weekly cleaning and linen laundering by housekeepers. It also covers the daily exercise program and wellness checks, such as blood pressure testing, and transportation for shopping and appointments. The beautiful outdoor spaces include porches, patios and a raised garden.
The Branches of Framingham
The Branches of Framingham makes our list after U.S. News and World Report rated it one of the best assisted living facilities in Massachusetts for 2022-23. It sits within carefully tended grounds circled by trees, is conveniently close to the Massachusetts Turnpike and is about eight minutes from MetroWest Medical Center. Seniors reside in studios and one-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms. Dining options include three meals daily in the dining room, casual eating in the bistro and snacks in the cafe. The hair salon also offers beauty treatments. The fitness center holds regular classes, and residents often join in with arts and crafts classes.
The Residence At Orchard Grove
The Residence at Orchard Grove is located in a peaceful area within a few minutes of Shrewsbury's stores, banks and restaurants. Its proximity to the Boston Turnpike reduces the journey to Worcester's St. Vincent Hospital to around 16 minutes. All residents receive a personalized care plan and around-the-clock assistance with activities of daily living from trained caregivers, which includes medication management and oxygen assistance. Staff also facilitate various activities to maintain mental and physical fitness, such as resistance band training, book clubs and cardio drumming. There are regular housekeeping, linen and laundry services and complimentary transportation.
The Branches of Marlboro
The Branches of Marlboro is on Route 85, making it easy to quickly access Marlborough's restaurants, parks, stores and banks. It's also less than five minutes from Marlborough Hospital. The facility's assisted living residents can choose from studios or 1-bedroom apartments, all with private bathrooms and emergency call systems. Staff provides personalized care 24/7, which can include assistance with daily living. Chefs design seasonal menus that cater to some diets, with meals served in the dining room (which can also be used for private events). The community's many amenities include a fitness center, library, bistro and a computer room with internet access.
We've included Corcoran House in this list because it's within walking distance of numerous restaurants, houses of worship and banks. The facility is also across the road from Central Park and only minutes from Clinton Hospital. Residents' studio apartments come in varying styles and shapes, and all have kitchens and private bathrooms with walk-in showers. Staff organizes many events in the facility's common rooms, including musical concerts and visits from guest speakers. The beauty salon/barbershop ensures residents can always look their best, and plenty of exercise programs are available. For outdoor recreation, there are patios and gardens with paths.
Golden Pond Assisted Living
Golden Pond Assisted Living sits within a secluded residential community in the Berry Acres Conservation Area. It's only a few minutes from I-495, significantly reducing driving times to nearby cities for residents and visiting families. Among the reasons it makes our list is the facility's position as the 2021 Best of the Best MetroWest Award winner for assisted living. The community's focal point is The Promenade, which boasts a movie theater, arts and wellness centers and a chapel. It also hosts social events and contains an apothecary. Living spaces include studios with patios and loft-style apartments with private bathrooms and kitchens.
Orchard Hill - Sudbury
Orchard Hill sits on an elevated position within 10 acres of landscaped grounds that include an apple orchard. There are restaurants and stores nearby, and Marlborough is only 15 minutes away. Staffing is 24 hours and includes help with daily living functions, such as bathing and dressing, for up to 45 minutes daily. Residents also receive a 24-hour emergency response pendant system. Three freshly-prepared meals are served daily in the dining room, and the activities program includes exercise classes, games and educational events.