This mid-sized New England community in the coastal region of Massachusetts, with over 100 assisted living facilities within twenty miles of downtown, offers the pleasures of a laid back lifestyle while living a simple life. In Brockton, one can walk along historic Main Street and visit the shops, museums, and coffee shops. World-renowned health care facilities are minutes away in the city of Boston and are accessible by public transportation.
The City of Brocton was settled in 1700 and incorporated in 1821. Located in the heart of the textile industries, Brockton rose to be the biggest makers of shoes in the U.S. until the mid-20th century. Among the many amenities is the Fuller Craft Museum, dedicated to contemporary crafts and providing classes for those who want to learn how to work with different materials and designs. The Brockton Historical Society operates several museums dedicated to Rocky Marciano, Thomas Edison, firefighting, and shoes housed in a complex called “The Homestead”. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra provides music year-round. D.W. Field Park, inspired by the designs of Frederick Law Olmsted, has an 18 hole golf course, baseball and soccer fields, and tennis and basketball courts mixed in with nature trails, meadowlands and a lake. At Campanelli Stadium, one can enjoy watching some of the best collegiate baseball players in the country when the Brockton Rox plays during the summer.
For those who live an active lifestyle, the Atlantic Ocean is less than an hour way. One can drive or take the train into Boston. There is hiking, boating, fishing, and picnicking at the Ames Nowell State Park. The West Meadow Wildlife Reservation offers fresh water wetlands where one can see many types of migratory birds. The Brockton Brightfield project is one of the largest arrays of solar panels in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts has a variable tax rate depending how money is earned. Wages, interest and dividends and long term capital gains are taxed at a much lower rate than short-term capital gains and short- and long-term capital gains made on collectibles. Anyone making over $8,000 must file a state tax return. One may be eligible to deduct some of their assisted living costs.
Expenses are higher in Massachusetts than in many other places in the U.S. A private one bedroom room in an assisted living facility will cost about $6000 per month. A similar room in a Nursing Home will cost around $12,500 per month. Facilities offering day time senior care charge about $870 monthly. The costs for in home residential senior care average from $3,500 to $4,400; depending on the level of elderly care needed. Senior apartments that offer independent living arrangements range from the low $800’s to several thousand dollars. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) are an option for those who wish to stay in one location for the rest of their lives. These facilities normally have an entrance fee in addition to monthly charges.
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