Cost of Assisted Living in Massachusetts
According to the 2012 A Place for Mom Senior Living Costs Survey, the median monthly cost to live in an assisted living one bedroom apartment in Massachusetts is $4,472.
Best Cities for Successful Aging 2012
Boston Massachusetts: Ranked #1 for ages 80+. Excellent health care and access to top notch medical professionals. Downside – the cost of living is high and the price of assisted living is among the highest in the nation. (Best Cities for Successful Aging Index: Milken Institute July 2012 )
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Assisted Living Rules and Regulations in Massachusetts
Assisted Living Terms Used in Massachusetts
Assisted Living Residence
Assisted Living License Types
- All residences must have a standard license.
- There is a Special Care Residence certification for facilities who have special needs residents including those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Required Training for Staff
- All staff members must complete at least 7 hours of orientation before beginning active employment.
- Direct care staff must complete an additional 54 hours of training which must include personal hygiene, medication administration, nutrition, family dynamics, loss, death and dying and home safety.
- Every staff member is required to complete at least ten hours of in service training each year.
Each facility must provide sufficient 24 hour on-site staff to meet the needs of all residents, including emergency needs.
Residents must receive a disclosure statement that includes terms surrounding extra service charges.
Inspections are performed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and performed at least once every two years.
Private Payment Laws
A private payment may not exceed the amount of one month’s rent. The deposit must be maintained in a separate bank account.
Eviction Laws and Resident Protections
- Facilities have the right to evict residents who are in need of skilled nursing care.
- Residents are guaranteed certain rights under the Residents Rights including the right to privacy, the right to refuse treatment and the right to participate in group activities.
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