Springfield, Massachusetts, started out as a settlement in the Connecticut Colony but later defected to join the Massachusetts Colony. Originally founded in 1636 as a plantation, Springfield has grown into a city of 155,000 people, 12% of whom are aged 65 or older. Kiplinger calls Springfield a great place to retire, and the town has plenty of perks for aging citizens. Those who no longer drive can get around on the local buses for half fare, and there are four senior centers run by Springfield's Elder Affairs organization.
Downtown residents can walk to five museums centered around a square on State Street. These Springfield museums include the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Titanic Museum.
Housing in the town is a whopping 129% lower than the state average and 20% lower than the national average. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2018, aging citizens pay an average of $4,950 per month for assisted living, which is cheaper than the state average of $5,495.
Read our list of the 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Springfield to learn more.
The Wellington at Springfield
942 Grayson Drive
Springfield, MA 01119
The Wellington at Springfield ranks among the best assisted living facilities with its thoughtfully designed community features that support a safe, secure and comfortable environment. Apartments offer homelike amenities such as full-size kitchens, dishwashers, stackable washers and dryers and are equipped with safety features such as walk-in showers, bathroom handrails, emergency call buttons, smoke alarms and sprinklers. Wide hallways allow easy navigation for residents in wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Residents can fill up their days at the well-stocked library, activity area, exercise room and spacious outdoor areas, while the 24-hour staff is available to deliver round-the-clock care assistance. Health care is provided by licensed nurses and a visiting physician.
74 Walnut Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Mason Wright is a senior living community in Springfield, Massachusetts, offering independent living, assisted living and memory care services. Its stated goal is "to provide quality housing and daily living services to support the dignity and independence of seniors without regard for their ability to pay." Mason Wright is donor-supported and has been serving seniors for over 100 years, though the current 90-apartment facility was built in the late 1990s. Both one-bedroom and studio apartments are available. Residents enjoy an array of fun planned activities including fitness classes, trivia games, religious services, cooking club, music programs and a monthly birthday bash.
Landmark at Monastery Heights
110 Monastery Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
Originally built as a monastery, Landmark at Monastery Heights retains much of its old charm with the stone building, stained glass windows and large wooden doors and windows. Completely restored as a senior living community, it features uniquely laid-out apartments, a historical dining room and a country-style kitchen, all nestled on 18 acres of beautiful grounds. These features come with assisted living services that include daily safety checks, personal care assistance and medication monitoring. Residents have access to extra services such as pharmacy delivery, visiting nurse agencies and laboratory services. With its historical charm and expert services, the facility makes it one of the area's best.
460 West Street, Ste 1
Ludlow, MA 01056
Keystone Commons provides seniors in Western Massachusetts with affordable independent living, assisted living and memory care. We included Keystone Commons because it ranks highly for consistent and exceptional care. The facility's Life Enrichment Program offers over 150 fitness, social and cultural activities each month. Residents live in large one or two-bedroom apartments and enjoy specialized care, such as Alzheimer's and dementia management.
The Reserve at East Longmeadow
741 Parker Street
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
The Reserve at East Longmeadow is located between the Pine Knoll Recreation Area and Pine Knoll Golf Course, which makes it easy for seniors to have a fun day of golfing with friends or a day spent watching the wildlife at the park. Residents can enjoy the restaurant-style dining three times a day or get a snack from the bistro, ice cream parlor or coffee shop. The Reserve at East Longmeadow has an activities schedule which includes things like a daily rosary, sing-alongs, trivia nights and happy hours, and it also hosts themed events throughout the year, including senior prom, tropical nights and an Italian festival.
Orchard Valley at Wilbraham
2387 Boston Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Orchard Valley at Wilbraham is located just south of Boston Road, which connects to I-90 and I-291 for easy traveling. This facility includes a private dining area where residents can entertain visiting friends and family, and the library has a wide range of books for residents to enjoy along with computer stations and internet access to help them stay connected to extended family. Residents can choose to take advantage of the facility's laundry service or use the laundry rooms on their own, and there is also a fitness room, wellness center, lounge and parking available on-site.
780 Converse Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Ruth's House is a welcoming senior community in Longmeadow, just south of the city of Springfield. It is a part of the JGS Lifecare Campus of Care, a Jewish organization that welcomes seniors of all faiths. With landscaped grounds and comfortable dining and social areas, Ruth's House is a caring community those seeking assisted living or memory care. Ruth's House has 77 recently renovated apartments in its assisted living area. The memory care area, called the Garden Level, is a secured area specially designed for seniors with early to mid-stage memory issues. Professionally trained staff members, including on-site nurses, are available 24 hours a day.
Suffield by the River
7 Canal Road
Suffield, CT 06078
Suffield by the River is located on the Connecticut River, where residents can enjoy the scenic views and take walks along the water with friends. In-room kitchens provide seniors with an easy way to cook a meal for family when they come to visit, or they can enjoy three meals a day in the shared dining room with neighbors. Cable is provided in the residents' room for TV and movies, and fire detectors, emergency alert pendants and monitors, smoke detectors and an emergency call system are present for safety and residents' peace of mind. Scheduled transportation is also available to help seniors get to medical appointments or the grocery store.
East Village Place
50 Benton Dr, East
Longmeadow, MA 01028
East Village Place is a retirement community that offers assisted living and memory care services in a location that is minutes from shops and restaurants in Springfield. Compassionate caregivers provide assistance with medication management and personal hygiene, and transportation is available for medical appointments. A full-service beauty/barbershop helps residents look their best and the library is stocked with recent titles for resident bookworms to enjoy. The community's Newport Pub is a great place to meet for Happy Hour, and The Coop coffee shop lets seniors sip their favorite brew.
The Arbors at Chicopee
929 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
Located off Memorial Drive, The Arbors at Chicopee offers residents convenient access to local shopping centers and parks. Wall-to-wall carpeting, a walk-in shower and spacious living rooms with a modern design provide a homelike feel, and common areas give seniors plenty of places to socialize and interact with neighbors. Planned weekly shopping trips make it easy for residents to get into town for groceries and gift-buying or just a change of scenery. Seniors can enjoy a book from the library in the community living room by the fireplace or out on the patio. Daily exercise and fitness programs are available for all residents to encourage an active lifestyle.