- Jewish Family & Children's Service
Long Term Care Ombudsman
1430 Main Street
Phone: 781 647-5327
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is a free service provided to nursing home residents and their families in the suburban areas west of Boston including Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. A corps of trained volunteers and program staff visits residents in 30 nursing homes on a weekly basis.
JF&CS has been under contract with Springwell, the west suburban Aging Service Access Point, to administer the program since 1983. It is part of a network of ombudsman programs in Massachusetts that are federally mandated and funded by the Older Americans Act
For more information on Ombudsman programs across the state, please call Age Info at 800-243-4636 or view Massachusetts Long Term Care Ombudsman. For specific consumer information on choosing a nursing home or rest home, please click here.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Phone: 617 624-6000
Click here to view the Nursing Home Report Card and the Nursing Home Satisfiction Survey.
- Community Resource Information Inc.
Community Resource Information Inc. provides information about many federal and state funded programs. Click here for information on housing programs for seniors in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association
460 Totten Pond Road
Phone: 781 622-5999
Fax: 781 622-5979
There are descriptions of each assisted living residence in alphabetical order, listing the services and amenities included. Inclusion in this directory does not represent any form of accreditation by Mass-ALFA. The residence listings with full pages are members.
- Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
One Beacon Street
Phone: (617) 854-1000
Fax: (617) 854-1091
MassHousing is an independent authority that was created by the Massachusetts state legislature in 1966 to finance the creation and preservation of affordable housing. They make loans to real estate developers and apartment complex owners to build new units or rehabilitate exisiting ones. MassHousing does not manage the properties so any contact would be made to the direct management or property company.
For the purpose of this listing, we direct you to the MassHousing Rental Housing List. Properties are arranged by city/town and contain the following information: site address, management company, and apartments by number of bedrooms and type (family, elderly, accessable).
Call the number above for your own copy or print out from link.
- MIT Workplace Center
The Family Caregiver Handbook
Phone: 617 253-7996
Fax: 617 452-2199
The Family Caregiver Handbook: Finding Elder Care Resources in Massachusetts has a chapter on Housing Resources in the State of Massachusetts.
- The Executive Office of Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place
The Office of Elder Affairs offers a free 29-page Consumer Guide for assisted livings. The table of contents will help you determine what part of this document you wish to explore.
The Office of Elder Affairs certifies Assisted Living Residences in Massachusetts and offers the Assisted Living Ombudsman Program to provide advocacy, information, and complaint resolution to consumers. Please click here for more information on Assisted Livings in Massachusetts.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) are available in Massachusetts. The Office Of Elder Affairs does not oversee CCRC's because they are not required to obtain assisted living certification. Elder Affairs has dedicated a sub-category on their website to guide consumers. Click here to learn about financial considerations, health service options and a list of settings in Massachusetts.
The Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and local housing authorities manage some Supportive Housing settings in state funded public elderly/disabled housing environments. Click here to read more about the these "assisted living like" settings.
The Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and local housing authorities manage some Congregate Housing settings in the state. Click here to read more about these options and services provided. This list is not exhaustive of options in the state as some are managed by free standing organizations.
Councils on Aging (COA) in a town often will provide local listings of resources. Councils on Aging also have wonderful programing, often an outreach worker, office hours for a SHINE counselor, volunteer opportunities and transportation services. The EOEA has a listing of all Councils on Aging in the state. Click here for this list.
- The Pioneer Network
The Pioneer Network is a group of elders, family members, healthcare professionals, researchers, advocates, and others working to transform traditional institutions and practices for the elderly into communities in which each person's capacities and individuality are affirmed and developed.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Care Financing Administration
Nursing Home Checklist
Before you visit a nursing home or rehabiliation center, please look at this Nursing Home Checklist, print it, and bring it with you. This guide will help you know what to look for while you are visiting. The checklist is in section 4, pages 27 through 32 .Please click here to view the Nursing Home Checklist.