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Assisted Living FAQs


What is Assisted Living?

From the Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association:

Assisted living is a special combination of housing and personalized support services designed to meet the needs - both scheduled and unscheduled-of those who require help with activities of daily living (A.D.L.s). Activities of daily living include tasks related to bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and other similar personal care needs.

Assisted living is a residential option that promotes self-direction and participation in decisions regarding care and services. As a model of supportive housing, assisted living emphasizes independence, individuality, privacy, dignity, and choice. The assisted living package of services can be tailored to meet consumer needs and preferences.

Are meals provided?

From Nick Polinsky, Executive Chef

The dining service department provides three meals to our residents every day, seven days a week in our dining areas. We feature a restaurant-style menu, which changes seasonally and is adjusted during the course of the year to allow for resident suggestions.

What is your care philosophy for the Olmsted Memory Support Program?

From Viola Baker, Olmsted Place Resident Care Manager:

We use a Habilitation Therapy approach to better understand an individual's experience with Alzheimer’s Disease. At Goddard House Assisted Living, we focus on each individual’s strengths and abilities. We learn each person’s life story and listen to individual needs and preferences. We apply the lessons of friendship to compassionately offer a sense of community, comfort and security.

Before a resident moves to the Olmsted program, a full assessment of the person’s cognitive state, mood, physical capacities and spiritual history is completed and developed into a care plan. The staff in each Olmsted neighborhood welcomes the resident and family as they become part of our community.

Do residents keep their own doctors?

From Delaney Blute, Resident Care Manager

Residents can keep their own doctor or have the option to select one of two medical practices whose doctors and nurse practitioners regularly see residents onsite at Goddard House Assisted Living. These practices are affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

We also have a podiatrist, optometrist and dentist who make house calls to our residents.

How do I pay for assisted living?

From John Moniz, Executive Director:

Assisted Living is predominantly paid for under a rental model rather than a “buy in” or purchase model, and is usually paid for with a resident’s funds.

We are also fortunate to offer 20 of our apartments to residents under a number of affordable programs. Our affordable programs are primarily used by residents who have lived at Goddard House Assisted Living for several years by paying privately. These programs allow residents to stay at Goddard House even if their assets have been depleted.

Can you tell me specifically what is included in the regular monthly fee?

Along with your own private apartment, Goddard House Assisted Living includes:

  • Three chef-prepared meals daily, served in our intimate dining rooms.
  • In the traditional assisted living program, we provide one-on-one assistance for one hour a day with daily living care such as medication reminders or assistance with bathing or dressing. In the Olmsted Memory Support Program, we provide assistance as needed within the assisted living level of care.
  • Daily activities and programs including fitness, music, discussions and classes such as; art, cooking and crafts. Residents can lead events and suggest new activities.
  • Trips to local shops, restaurants, museums, historic sites and outdoor destinations such as the Arnold Arboretum, and scenic oceanside locations. Residents have the opportunity to suggest destinations and initiate programs.
  • Weekly housekeeping in resident apartments.
What happens if additional care is needed in traditional assisted living?

Goddard House Assisted Living personal care attendants are available to provide additional personal care. Please contact us for pricing information. When a resident can benefit from supplemental care in more than hour-long blocks of time, a private caregiver is the best option. There are a number of home health care agencies with licensed employees and supervisory staff that provide these services.

What separates Goddard House Assisted Living from other assisted living communities?

Every assisted living community is unique. We are sponsored by Goddard House, a not-for-profit organization with a history of over 160 years of serving elders in Massachusetts. Our extraordinary Brookline location is just down the street from the Boston’s renowned Longwood Medical Area with some of the finest hospitals in the U.S. Also nearby are world class cultural, academic, historical, sports and research institutions.  Goddard House is adjacent to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace park system.

Brookline, itself, is a huge resource. It’s exciting to seniors to live adjacent to Boston while having a safe place to live and a small town feel. Goddard House Assisted Living maintains connections to many community groups so there is a strong sense of active community engagement in this vital and diverse, elder-friendly community.  Brookline is one of six out of over 300 Massachusetts communities considered a Blue Zone, with the highest ranking for healthy aging, in a 2014 statewide survey by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative.