In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Boston area, our team of researchers sorted through 73 communities using our unique methodology. Our team:

  • Spent over 31 hours researching assisted living communities in Boston
  • Interviewed 15 facility staff members
  • Read more than 165 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 21 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Boston is $5,850, which is slightly higher than the state average of $5,495 and significantly higher than the national average of $4,000.

Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Boston, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 73 communities in the Boston area.

Assisted Living Research Institute Trusted Communities

The Assisted Living Research Institute spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Boston area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Brightview Arlington
90
Studio, 1BR
Assisted Living, Memory Care
$6,900
Brightview Arlington is an assisted living community located in Arlington, Massachusetts. Featuring comprehensive support services along the continuum of care, this facility is great for seniors who may need a little extra help with activities of daily living and want to be able to age in place. Brightview Arlington offers many services and amenities to help residents make the most of retirement. Residents can receive personal care support, medication management, nutrition assistance, and escort services to and from dinner. A 24-hour emergency call system monitored by on-site staff provides added peace of mind. Accommodations include well-appointed apartment homes that are equipped with full bathrooms and kitchenettes. Weekly housekeeping and laundry services are provided so residents may focus on social and educational events. Residents also enjoy three delicious meals prepared restaurant-style with table service, adding a luxurious feel to retirement living.
What Residents are Saying:
Family members and residents alike appreciate the atmosphere at Brightview Arlington, with one reviewer stating, “Brightview is a vibrant community that provides numerous activities and events for their residents, which allows them a better quality of life in their twilight years.”
4.7
(3) Reviews
1 Symmes Rd, Arlington, MA 02474
Brookdale Quincy Bay
Cadbury Commons
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare
Fenno House
Goddard House Assisted Living
Landmark at Longwood
Life Care Center of Stoneham
New Horizons at Choate
Providence House Assisted Living
Sophia Snow Place
Springhouse Senior Living
Sunrise of Arlington
Sunrise of Lynnfield
The Gables at Winchester
The Residence at Melrose Station
The Residence at Watertown Square
Visiting Nurse Assisted Living Community
Wingate Residences at Boylston Place
Youville House Assisted Living
Zelma Lacey House

Our Methodology

At the Assisted Living Research Institute, our goal is to tackle the challenges that come with aging by combining real-world expertise with data-driven metrics and the latest research methodologies. To accomplish this, our team of industry experts and in-house researchers joined forces to develop a methodology that uncovers the best assisted living communities in a given location. We search for facilities that use science-backed best practices and the latest therapies in caring for their residents, and those that have the most amenities and opportunities for residents to live an active, independent lifestyle.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available
amenities.

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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