Assisted living facilities, often known as ALF communities, cater to active seniors who might need a little help with “activities of daily living,” or ADLs. Sometimes an ALF can include assisted living and independent senior apartments under one roof. For seniors who may not require the full services available at a skilled nursing rehabilitation center (SNF) or continued care retirement community (CCRC), ALFs offer a great option by providing the skilled help they need to stay active and enjoy life to the fullest extent possible. Since every senior citizen is a unique person, ALFs offer help with many ADLs all of which he or she may not need in order to enjoy their active lifestyle. Some “behind-the-scenes” assistance can include meeting personal hygiene and a wide variety of health needs. Other ADL assistance can include chauffeured transportation to health care facilities or recreational/entertainment venues, administering scheduled medication, cooking, and housekeeping. Some elderly ALF residents may only temporarily need assisted living services while recovering from surgery or an illness. These seniors may reside in an ALF for a short time before undergoing in home residential senior care or returning to their independent living apartment to complete their recovery.
Brookline, Massachusetts has, since its founding in the 19th Century been known as a quiet, leafy refuge from the stress and dangers of urban Boston, which it borders. Although there are only a few ALFs within Brookline proper, the greater Boston Metro Area is one of the most desireable in the United States for seniors. From hospitals to ALFs and senior services, the resources in Greater Boston are quite comprehensive. Costs of ALFs in Brookline fall within the lower range of costs found in the Greater Boston area, which is about $2,550 to $8,224, with $4,000 the average. In Brookline itself, Goddard House and Ruth Cowin House are two ALFs catering to seniors with varied incomes. More expensive ALF options are available in Boston and other nearby communities. Medicare and Medicaid may help with some of the costs associated with aspects of ALF residency. Veterans benefits also cover aspects of ALF expenses.
For visiting seniors, Brookline, Massachusetts offers many great cultural amenities and entertainment options. The Brookline Senior Center (617-730-2770) is a great resource for seniors who want to find out what’s going on. Brookline Adult and Community Education Program (617-730-2700) offers many interesting courses in computers, exercise, arts and crafts, music, writing and more as well as field trips. Generations – All About Elders (529 Boylston Street, Brookline) provides a wide range of information on senior services in and around Brookline.
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum displays “the oldest car collection in the United States” and hosts picnics, concerts and parties. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, JFK’s boyhood home restored to its 1917 appearance, offers tours. Seniors, family and friends enjoy gathering at Emerson Park for the summer lawn concert series.
Seniors can rest assured that many top-rated hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities are minutes away. The highly-trained professional staff at Brookline Hospital offer social, pharmacy, outpatient services and a state-of-the-art trauma facility.
Seniors and their families wishing to find out more about the comprehensive senior residential and service options in and around Brookline will find a wealth of information at SeniorLiving.Org.