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Search MA Assisted Living Residences

Mass-ALA-SearchIcon This search will help you find assisted living residences in Massachusetts that meet your unique needs. Since every residence is different, Mass-ALA encourages you to speak with and visit each residence individually to see if it is a good fit for you or your loved one. In addition to this search engine, Mass-ALA has a number of tools and resources that can help you search including a glossary of terms, list of helpful links, Consumer Guide, and Resource Guide.

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Residence Features

What is your price range ToolTip

Most assisted living residences bill on a monthly basis. In Massachusetts, monthly fees range from approximately $2,000 to more than $7,000. Because special care units and programs for people with memory loss and/or dementia provide additional staffing and services, they are typically at the high end of the fee range.

Are you looking for special care for someone who has memory loss, Alzheimer's Disease and/or some other form of dementia. ToolTip

Many assisted living residences offer settings that can meet the needs of people living with memory loss. In Massachusetts, these settings are referred to as special care. Some residences offer only special care, while other residences offer both special care and traditional assisted living for residents who do not have memory loss. All special care programs offer environments that nurture self-esteem and enhance quality of life.

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Communities marked "housing with services" are not MA certified assisted living residences.
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What size residence are you looking for ToolTip

Assisted living residences in Massachusetts range from having 3 apartments in the residence to over 180 apartments in the residence. There is no single blueprint for an assisted living residence, because consumersí preferences and needs vary.

What Services and Amenities are you looking for?

Mass-ALA-SearchIconTypical services include help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting; up to three meals a day; emergency call/response systems and housekeeping services. Additionally, many assisted living residences offer amenities such as a small store, a barber/ beauty shop, an exercise room, banking, and other similar conveniences. Below,you can search by services and amenities that are often requested by seniors and their families.

Self-Administered Medication Management (SAMM) ToolTip

Self-Administered Medication Management (SAMM): Self-Administered Medication Management ("SAMM") is when an individual who has completed Personal Care Service Training, a practitioner or a licensed or registered nurse assists a resident to self-administer medication. This is done by reminding the resident to take medication, checking the package to insure the name on the package is the resident's, observing the resident while he/she take the medication, and documenting in writing the resident's actions regarding the medication.

Limited Medication Administration (LMA) ToolTip

Limited Medication Administration (LMA): Limited Medication Administration ("LMA") is an optional service provided by some assisted living residences, often for an additional fee. LMA allows for the administration of non-injectable medications to a resident by a family member, medical practitioner, or a registered or licensed nurse.

Respite Care ToolTip

Respite Care: Short term care provided in furnished apartments.


Residence Security

Guest Suite

Room Refrigerator

Computer / Internet


Pets Allowed


Financing Options

Mass-ALA-SearchIconMost people in Massachusetts pay privately for assisted living. However, there are some programs that offer coverage for assisted living. Learn more about financing options and public funds for assisted living in Massachusetts and learn the definitions for the types of financing listed below.

Medicaid / Mass-Health

  • Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC)
  • Senior Care Option (SCO)
  • Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

Housing Programs

  • Section 8 Housing Program
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Shelter Plus Care Subsides

Residence Based Affordable Options

  • Companion Suites/Optional Shared Suites
  • Financial Scholarships
  • Limited Subsides

Supplemental Security Income (SSI-G)

Veterans' Benefits

Long Term Care Insurance

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