As part of the Boston metropolitan area, Andover is connected to the largest city in Massachusetts where the population is composed of more than 5,000 seniors ages 65 and older. Steeped in history and culture, Andover is ideal for seniors looking to experience the events, places and education the city offers. From the Andover Center for History and Culture to the North Andover Historical Society, retirees here will find many opportunities to engage with and enjoy Andover’s rich history. Proximity to Boston means a plethora of activities and events are readily available. From taking in a Broadway show or dance production at the Boston Theater to all-day shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, there are many ways to enjoy this metropolis, throughout all the seasons.
Assisted living communities provide help with everyday activities while also delivering social resources that allow seniors to make new friends in their retirement years. In Andover, the average monthly cost of assisted living care is $6,819, which is slightly higher than the Massachusetts average and significantly higher than the U.S. average.
In the following guide, we’ll take a look at the relative prices of assisted living care across Massachusetts and some of its New England neighbors. You’ll also find a short list of free senior support programs run by government agencies and nonprofit groups.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Andover
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Massachusetts. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying For Assisted Living in Andover
Monthly costs for assisted living in Andover total $6,819, as reported by Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2021.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Andover
Andover’s price is roughly $300 higher than the Massachusetts monthly average of $6,500. The statewide average is $2,000 above the U.S. average of $4,500.
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At an average of $7,000 monthly, Barnstable Town is the only Massachusetts city that reports a higher price than Andover. Worcester is roughly $1,130 cheaper than Andover at $5,685 per month, while Springfield is roughly $1,770 cheaper. The state’s lowest reported price is Pittsfield’s $2,084 — approximately $4,700 below Andover’s cost. In New York’s capital, Albany, seniors pay $5,269 a month, and in the Connecticut capital of Hartford, the average is $5,225 a month. The price in Manchester, NH, $8,061, is roughly $1,200 more expensive than that of Andover.
NOTE: Data for Andover was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Boston, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Andover
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
Responsible for carrying out the guidance received from Andover’s Council on Aging, Andover Elder Services (AES) oversees all senior programs and services offered in Andover. In addition to transportation to medical appointments or shopping trips, AES offers mental health counseling, monthly fitness and wellness classes as well as Senior Connections, a day program for those seeking stimulation in a structured environment. AES runs the Andover Senior Center, which provides games, socialization, coffee hour and more.
Dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to bring senior veterans and their loved ones the benefits and services to which they are entitled, Andover Senior Services offers benefits counseling and connects veterans with local services. A directory listing of local veteran resources is available, as well as a page offering a brief explanation of each local benefit and service. These include direct financial aid, hospital and medical aid, home loans and widow’s pensions.
Andover senior veterans and their dependents are also eligible to receive comprehensive medical care at the VA Boston Healthcare System (BHS). Consisting of three Boston area divisions, the VA BHS provides a wide range of care including dental services, dermatology, endocrinology and primary care. Geriatrics clinics are also available at all three divisions.
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) is a government initiative designed to promote the well-being and independence of seniors. By partnering with 25 regional, nonprofit elder services, the EOEA can provide access to quality aging services. Caregiver support is available, as are options counseling and information about housing options. EOEA is also responsible for the implementation of the Age-Friendly Massachusetts Plan, which seeks to help elders thrive in their communities. Andover is listed as an “emerging age-friendly community” while Boston is designated an “active age-friendly community.”
Andover Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Andover area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.