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Types of Supported-Living Communities

Independent Living (IL)
Residents can care for themselves; amenities may include chore worker services and social engagements. 

Assisted-Living Communities (ALFs)
For those who benefit from some support (often one hour per day) for personal care or chore services. Amenities often include restaurant-style dining, social gatherings, and both on- and off-site activities. Many communities offer a kitchenette with some units.

Memory Care Units (MCUs)
Include specialized staff and activities for those with dementia, increased staff-to-resident ratio, and dementia-specific environment/safety features; some ALFs have MCUs.

Skilled-Nursing/Long-Term Care Facilities (SNFs)
For people who need 24/7 skilled-level nursing/medical care.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRCs)
Retirement communities that can accommodate all levels of care on one site, so residents can move between levels as needs increase or decrease.

    To start your search, consider these options:

    2 Sisters Senior Living Advisors (for profit)
    Phone: (617) 701-7007

    Councils On Aging
    Find your local COA by clicking here.

    A Place for Mom (for profit)
    Phone: (866) 819-3127

    Massachusetts Assisted-Living Association
    Phone: (781) 622-5999

    Massachusetts Extended Senior-Care Association
    Phone: (617) 558-0202

    Senior Advisor (for profit)
    Phone: (800) 805-3621

    Click here to learn about hiring a Geriatric Care Manager.