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The average cost of assisted living in the county is $5,735 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 15 assisted living facilities in Worcester County and 25 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Worcester County, MA
A tradition of service and compassion spanning over 40 years, Dodge Park Rest Home provides exemplary assisted living, memory and nursing care for seniors in the Worchester area.
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Living at Shrewsbury Crossings in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts means seniors stay independent because of our 24-hour personal care in a socially active, dignified residential setting.
_________________________________________ A family owned and operated assisted living community in Leominster Massachusetts that offers a variety of care levels in a beautiful, loving, safe and comfortable home for active seniors is Manor On The Hill. Our community is nestled on…
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Leominster Crossings provides the best of both worlds--the ability for seniors to remain independent in their own apartment, knowing that help is available 24 hours a day.
Built on the site of a former family estate, Tatnuck Park offers thoughtfully designed apartments and amenities, providing a comfortable, familiar feeling of home.
Sunrise of Leominster is a charming senior living community centrally located with quick access to downtown shops, restaurants and services, as well as nearby Fort Devens.
We offer a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you every day. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence.Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities and beautiful setting…
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Blaire House Assisted Living is a family-owned and operated, new senior living residence built within an integrated care community, including; sub-acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, adult day health care, home care and senior transportation. As your needs change overtime, we can…
Senior living has never been so luxurious! Atria Draper Place offers many features, from spacious homes and outstanding care to restaurant-style meals and compassionate staff.
At The Overlook, you will find pristine New England countryside that is the perfect setting for a relaxing retirement. Settled on 450 acres of nature-filled grounds, you can relax, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the good things in life.…
Christopher Heights is an affordable assisted living community offering private apartments in a beautiful home-like setting. Dining At Christopher Heights you will enjoy three chef prepared meals served each day in our sunny dining rooms. In addition to the entree…
Leominster Crossings is an independent assisted living facility located on Route 13. There is a courtyard and patio for outdoor entertainment. The activities room is located on the first floor which houses a baby grand piano. The residents are not within walking distance to shopping and restaurants; however, there are ...Read more Benchmark Senior Living at Leominster Crossings reviews
My mom is living at Benchmark Senior Living at Shrewsbury Crossings, and it's fabulous. The initial impression we got when we visited was from the curb appeal. We met with the administrator who was phenomenal and explained everything. The cleanliness and just everything I know that my mom would be pleased with was ther...Read more Benchmark Senior Living at Shrewsbury Crossings reviews
Benchmark Senior Living at Shrewsbury Crossings was very nicely designed and beautiful. It was a gloomy day when we went, but it was very bright in there and very nice. We had a nice lunch there. They showed us rooms that were very nice. The people were a little older there than at the other place we saw. My sister is ...Read more Benchmark Senior Living at Shrewsbury Crossings reviews
I like Tatnuck Park at Worcester. I thought it was very nice and really liked the location. They go on town trips to CVS or Wal-Mart and do activities inside like barbecues. They had a barbecue for Cinco de Mayo, which we were invited to attend. It was very nice. They were getting ready to go on bus trips somewhere, so...Read more Tatnuck Park at Worcester reviews
Sunrise of Leominster is a unique facility since it offers both reminiscence and independent programs for its seniors. There are one and two bedroom apartments available for self-sufficient independent residents as well as the reminiscence neighborhood for those of whom suffer from Alzheimer's disease. I witnessed the...Read more Sunrise of Leominster reviews
My mom’s care with Dodge Park has been outstanding. When she first came in 3 years ago, she was on a wheelchair. They got her out of the wheelchair and back on her feet. She’s been better, happier, healthier and more active compared when she was in the other facility. The people are very loving and caring and everyone ...Read more Oasis At Dodge Park reviews
Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study documents average monthly senior care costs throughout the country. The study shows that at $5,735, assisted living in Worcester County is significantly more expensive than the national average of $4,000 but only slightly above the state average of $5,495.
With the exception of Pittsfield ($4,200) and Springfield ($4,950), assisted living prices throughout Massachusetts are above $5,000 per month. Costs are highest in Boston ($5,850), the largest city in the state.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Worcester County, so data for Worcester, the county seat, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Senior care costs in Worcester County range from $1,441 a month for adult day health services up to $11,710 per month for care in a semiprivate room in a nursing home. Assisted living costs $5,735 per month, while in-home care costs between $4,767 and $5,148 for 44 hours of weekly care.
When calculating the true cost of remaining at home it’s important to factor in the ongoing expenses involved. Seniors who opt to stay in their home continue to pay for groceries, utilities and property taxes on top of their care costs, while these day-to-day living expenses are included with assisted living care.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Low-income seniors in Worcester County may qualify for free health coverage through MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program funded by the federal and state government.
MassHealth provides a variety of benefits, including doctor visits, home health care, nursing facility care and hospital services. Additional benefits, such as dental and vision care, case management, physiotherapy and preventative health programs, may be offered through state-specific waivers.
For free MassHealth coverage with access to long-term care services, seniors must have a monthly income of $2,313 or less and own no more than $2,000 in countable assets. If only one spouse in a married couple requires care, any income earned by the community spouse is disregarded.
Certain assets are not counted under Medicaid rules, such as a home worth no more than $878,000 that the applicant and/or their spouse use as their principal residence.
Personal Care Attendant Program
Seniors with permanent disabilities who qualify for MassHealth coverage may be eligible for self-directed personal care services through the MassHealth Personal Care Attendant program.
The PCA is available to seniors who need help performing at least two activities of daily living. Seniors may be assigned up to 50 hours of personal care services weekly depending on their medical needs, and PCA participants can hire friends and family members to provide care giving services.
Moving Forward Plan Waivers
The Moving Forward Plan waivers are home and community-based waivers designed to help fragile seniors return to the community from an institutional setting, such as a nursing home.
To qualify, seniors aged 65 or older must have been in a nursing facility for at least 90 days, qualify for MassHealth coverage and be able to live in a community setting, such as assisted living, with MFP supports.
MFP services are assigned on a case-by-case basis and may include personal care, community support, a homemaker, rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing care.
For more information on MassHealth, the PCA and the MFP waivers, contact MassHealth Customer Service Center at (800) 841-2900.
Massachusetts State Supplement Program
Seniors aged 65 and older who qualify for federal Supplemental Security Income benefits may be eligible for additional cash assistance through the Massachusetts State Supplement Program. Some seniors who don’t qualify for SSI due to excess income may be eligible for SSP benefits.
SSP benefits are based on the applicant’s income and living arrangements, and recipients who receive SSI benefits are paid the SSP benefits on the same day.
For more information contact the SSP client assistance line at (877) 863-1128.
Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly
Seniors who have been certified by the State as needing the level of care provided in a nursing home may qualify for enrollment in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
PACE is a managed care model that provides client-centered medical, social and wellness services that allow seniors to receive care in a noninstitutional setting, such as their home or an assisted living facility.
PACE services are delivered through an interdisciplinary team consisting of physicians, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, activation workers and personal care workers. Each participant is provided with personalized services based on their individual care plan, and most PACE programs and benefits are delivered at the local PACE center.
To qualify for PACE, seniors must:
Once seniors enroll in PACE, all MassHealth services are provided through PACE-affiliated caregivers. Seniors are free to leave PACE at any time.
For more information, contact Summit ElderCare, the PACE provider for Worcester County, at (877) 837-9009.
The Worcester Senior Center provides seniors with a wide range of fitness classes, art workshops, technology lessons and drop-in groups designed to promote wellness and community connections. The center also hosts special events, such as health fairs, blood pressure screening clinics and holiday celebrations.
Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence St., Worcester, MA 01604
Veterans and survivors can contact the Veterans Services Division to learn about local, state and federal benefit programs, submit claims applications and file appeals. Assistance is also available through the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services.
Outpatient VA health services are available at the Worcester VA Clinic, a part of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System.
Veterans Service Division
455 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608
Worcester VA Clinic
605 Lincoln St., Worcester, MA 01605-1901
Seniors and their caregivers who need information on local resources and services can contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at Elder Services of Worcester Area. In Worcester, the Center for Living and Working is the local ADRC member agency.
Center for Living and Working, Inc.
484 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608
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