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Page Reviewed / Updated – May 6, 2023

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Melrose is an upscale community close to the heart of the greater Boston metro area. Home to over 29,000 people, nearly 19% of the area’s residents are seniors aged 65 and over. Melrose is a stone’s toss from the river, Harvard Yard and some of the best shopping and entertainment on the East Coast. Seniors may take special interest in the nearby reservoir and green space for casual strolls and outdoor recreational activities.

Melrose has a relatively high cost of living, which is offset by the exceptionally low local crime rate and easy access to world-class dining and shopping downtown. The community is close to Boston’s prestigious medical centers, including St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Boston Medical Center, both of which have advanced senior health services and accept Medicare and Medicaid.

The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey puts the average cost of assisted living in Melrose at $6,819 a month. This is $319 more each month than the $6,500 average seniors pay in Massachusetts at large, and both figures are well above the $4,500 national average cost for similar care. Assisted living prices drop precipitously farther west in the state, with seniors in Pittsfield paying an average of just $2,084 a month.

Note: Data for Melrose was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Boston, was used instead. 

This guide lists 10 of the best assisted living communities in Melrose. Its aim is to help seniors and their loved ones pick a great place for them to live.

The Residence at Melrose Station

The Residence at Melrose Station has studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments for up to 92 residents, aged 55 and over. Small pets are allowed in this community, and all of the common areas have advanced interactive technology built into them, such as Amazon Echo running Alexa. Amenities include several living rooms, a library, bistro, country kitchen, theater and a full-service salon. The landscaped grounds are protected by a security fence and regular guard patrol. Fitness classes at The Residence are held several times a week in the fitness center, as are yoga and senior aerobics classes.

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Windsor Place of Wilmington

Windsor Place of Wilmington has a place on this list because of its exceptionally low staff-to-resident ratio of 1:6. The 105 residents of this facility share a beauty salon and barbershop, party space, garden and covered outdoor patio area. There's a general store for convenient shopping trips for personal items, and a spacious TV room for movie night and sporting events. The community's studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are all wired for basic cable and high-speed internet. Rooms also have private bathrooms, individual climate controls and their own kitchenettes.

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Sunrise of Lynnfield

Sunrise of Lynnfield is one of our top picks for the 10 best assisted living communities in Melrose because of its 2022-23 award for Best Assisted Living in U.S. News and World Report's Best Senior Living report. The community hosts several activity rooms and social areas for residents to enjoy each others' company, a bistro that serves snacks throughout the day and free Wi-Fi available throughout the facility. At this pet-friendly community, residents get weekly housekeeping and personal laundry service at no additional cost.

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  • Monthly wellness visits by the staff nurse
  • Electronic health record system and family engagement app

Atria Longmeadow Place

The seniors who live in Atria Longmeadow Place's studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments get three chef-inspired meals a day in the restaurant-style dining room, plus in-room kitchens and kitchenettes for preparing meals at home. In the main part of the community, seniors can go for a swim in the pool, attend religious services in the chapel, including Shabbat service, or exercise in the well-equipped fitness center. New residents can bring their pets when they move into Atria Longmeadow Place, and there's plenty of room to walk them on the surrounding trails.

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Sunrise of Burlington MA

Sunrise of Burlington serves all-day dining in its family-style dining room, with room service available at no additional cost when residents feel like staying in for meals. This facility has a beauty salon and barbershop, party space, coffee shop, TV room and a computer room with modern equipment and tech help on request. Residents with personal vehicles have free parking on the property, as do their guests, who are welcome at meals or for overnight visits. Financing advice and VA benefits consultation are available from trained expert advisors.

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Holiday Maplewood Place

Holiday Maplewood Place has a nurse on staff who provides monthly check-in service, as well as a skilled staff that helps out with medication management, physical and occupational therapy and memory care services to provide continuity of care for residents whose needs have evolved beyond assisted living. There's a large and well-equipped fitness center for routine exercise and therapy sessions, a garden and patio area outdoors for casual get-togethers and a beauty salon and barbershop to help keep residents looking and feeling their best.

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  • Special meals include diabetic, low-salt and vegetarian
  • In-room kitchens and kitchenettes

The Residence at Pearl Street

The residents who thrive in The Residence at Pearl Street's luxurious resort-style environment have a wide variety of amenities to make their stay as enjoyable as possible. There's a movie theater in the main building, not far from the concierge desk and library. Fitness classes and therapy sessions are regularly held in the exercise room, and every morning sees residents walking and jogging on the landscaped trails that wind around the community. Back indoors from the chilly morning air, residents can relax in the spa or get a mani/pedi at the full-service salon.

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The Residence at Watertown Square

The professional chefs who work in The Residence at Watertown Square's country-style kitchen prepare three meals a day, plus snacks for anyone who wants to stop by. Residents can share meals in the restaurant-style dining room or call down for room service if they'd prefer the privacy of eating at home. This community is protected by a security fence that's patrolled by private guards, and residents have access to the emergency call system throughout the property, courtesy of Amazon Echo and the Alexa interface in every shared area. The concierge at the front desk can book complimentary personal transportation on demand.

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The Residence at Vinnin Square

The Residence at Vinnin Square keeps residents engaged with a full schedule of group and personalized activities. There are fitness classes in the gym, water sports in the pool and spa area, movie nights in the community theater and all-day meals and snacks in the restaurant-style dining room. Casual afternoons can be shared in the bistro and coffee shop, or residents might challenge themselves to a brisk walk around the landscaped garden trails. Staff and security are on duty 24/7 to keep residents safe and to look after their needs.

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Providence House Assisted Living

Providence House Assisted Living wing of the community earns a spot on our list for exceptional care and welcoming community. It's pet-free and offers all-inclusive laundry, linen and housekeeping service, a staff nurse for medication and care management and physical therapy in the large fitness center, where residents can go to work out on their own. Providence House's imposing red-brick structure wraps around a semi-enclosed courtyard with a vast green lawn that's ideal for long walks, games of bocce or just sitting and enjoying the company.

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