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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

Some folks do not require 24-hour care but cannot live alone; they need affordable, private housing that also provides opportunities for socialization and companionship. For these individuals, congregate living arrangements may be ideal.

Congregate Housing is designed so that each resident has a private bedroom, shared kitchen and dining facilities, with some sites offering a private ½ bath. These congregate living spaces are usually located within public housing facilities, and are affordable for people with limited incomes. A Congregate Coordinator helps to determine if Congregate Housing is an appropriate option and assists with arranging home care services within the congregate site. A well balanced home-style meal is standard, and provided to residents daily. Typically 30% of an individual’s income covers rent and utilities.

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.