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Many adults find the responsibility of owning a home difficult to manage as they get older. They want to remain living in their community, but in an environment that can support their individual needs and abilities.

If an older adult is thinking about downsizing, moving into housing, or joining an active community, start by calling the Age Information Department. We can provide you with information about different housing options, and assistance in securing the right choice for the older adult.

If you are seeking support to stay in your own home, our staff can assist with providing information for things like: home repair and maintenance, reverse mortgages, and estate protection assistance.

Types of Housing Options

In recent years, the housing options for older adults have expanded. These include, but aren’t limited to: assisted living, congregate housing, elder housing, rest homes & nursing homes, and supportive housing.

Assisted Living
This housing option combines private apartment-style living with assistance available for daily activities such as personal care, meal preparation, and housekeeping. The professional staff on-site provide 24-hour monitoring and support to residents. Assisted living facilities must be certified by the state of Massachusetts.

Congregate Housing
An alternative living environment that integrates supportive services and offers the choice of independent living for people who cannot live alone but do not require 24-hour care. This option provides opportunities for socialization and companionship as well as supportive services for those who qualify.

Congregate units are usually located within public housing facilities with each resident having a private bedroom and sharing the kitchen, dining and/or bathing facilities. Some sites offer a private half bath. Rent for these apartments is 30% of the applicant’s income and also includes heat and electricity. Most sites offer a meal program as well for an additional cost to the congregate resident. An Elder Services Congregate Coordinator helps to determine if Congregate Housing is an appropriate option and will assist with arranging home care services at the congregate site.

Elder Housing
Managed by local housing authorities or private companies, adult housing complexes may offer public subsidies to eligible residents to assist with the cost of their rent. Supportive services may be arranged for individuals in need of assistance.

Supportive Housing
A Supportive Housing Coordinator establishes services in supportive housing that enrich the living environment for residents. Services are geared to both individuals and the general population. The coordinator is housed on-site to ensure easy access for residents seeking assistance and individual attention.