about living at The Meadows
is New Horizons?
Owned by the third largest private
foundation in Massachusetts, New Horizons in its own right has a high
net worth and no mortgages or other long-term debt of any sort. Its
executive director, Robert O'Connor, has been in this position since
the community first opened in 1994.
to The Meadows?
The Meadows apartments serve seniors who want the convenience
and camaraderie of a true community with either a fully independent
lifestyle or one with modest homemaking support. Some residents still
work regularly, but the large majority are retired. Many are local area
residents who are simply looking for an easier lifestyle, and a less
expensive, less stressful way of living than in a large free-standing
house. Many have moved to Massachusetts from other parts of the country
to be nearer to family members.
Where is The Meadows?
The Meadows is located on a 40-acre country campus, approximately
27 miles west of Boston. We are 13 miles west of Routes 128/I-95 via
U.S. Route 20, and about three miles west of Longfellow's historic Wayside
Inn. The complex is at the end of Wilson Street, about a half-mile north
of U.S. Route 20.
All of The Meadows buildings are owned by Cummings Foundation,
Inc. of Woburn, MA. (See www.CummingsFoundation.org.)
They are actually operated by the staff of New Horizons at Marlborough,
LLC, of which Robert O'Connor is the executive director.
is The Meadows?
Altogether, The Meadows has 162 apartments. Of these, 138 were
completed in 2002 in two brand new, four-story fire resistant, steel-framed
buildings. There are an additional 24 apartments in three buildings
called "The Cottages," which were fully renovated in 1995.
Is The Meadows
The Foundation is a heavily endowed, not-for-profit private operating
foundation with a charitable mission. It is financially very strong
and conservative. Significantly, there is no debt or mortgage of any
kind on any part of The Meadows or New Horizons, and Cummings
Foundation's net worth is greater than $600 million.
Why is there
an Entrance Fee at The Meadows?
With a fully refundable Entrance Fee, there is considerably less risk
of any residents defaulting on their obligations to the community. Then,
because uncollected fees are almost non-existent, rates are lower for
all residents. The entire $30,000 fee is 100 percent refundable within
90 days after the resident leaves. Interest earned by The Meadows
on these fees also helps to keep monthly fees lower. (Instead of
receiving taxable interest on this Entrance Fee, the person making the
deposit receives a reduction in monthly fees equal to $3,000 per year.)
access to medical help if needed?
While The Meadows is really intended for people who do not need
ongoing aid or personal assistance through New Horizons, emergency assistance
is typically available. New Horizons generally has at least one licensed
nurse on duty 24/7, who will respond to The Meadows if called
in an emergency.
are apartments at The Meadows?
Most people are surprised that our apartments are as large as they are.
Units generally range in size from 700 to 2,000 square feet, with those
in 370 Hemenway typically the largest. The Cottages are generally 500-900
full kitchens in most apartments?
Most apartments have fully equipped kitchens including dishwashers and
disposals. Some apartments even have extra large eat-in kitchens.
the construction of the main Meadows buildings?
The two largest buildings consist mainly of fire-resistant, steel-framed
buildings with all concrete floors. The interior construction is done
with gypsum board (sheet rock) over steel studs on the lower three floors.
There is wood framing around the exterior perimeter of the fourth floor
buildings energy efficient?
The Meadows were built with great attention to insulation and
energy efficiency. Both buildings have been awarded the "Energy
Star" designation by the United States Department of Environmental
Protection, which was regularly on-site during the entire construction
the meal options?
Breakfast is available daily in the Breakfast Club for residents of
370 Hemenway Street, while three delicious meals are served each day
for full-service program participants of 420 Hemenway Street.
occasional meals be purchased if desired?
Residents of The Cottages may purchase a monthly breakfast plan to dine
in the Breakfast Club or pay at each visit.
Are pets allowed?
Pets can be a very important part of many people's lives, so one well-behaved
pet is permissible at The Meadows.
any religious affiliation?
No. The Meadows is entirely non-sectarian in all respects. Daily
Catholic Mass and weekly Protestant and Jewish services, however, are
offered within the New Horizons building, and Meadows residents are
always welcome. There is also a Catholic church directly across the
street, and a Mormon church one block west on Hemenway Street.
are the on-campus religious services?
Residents from 420 Hemenway Street can reach 400 without going outdoors,
by way of a fully enclosed bridge between the two buildings. Residents
of 370 Hemenway Street travel outdoors just about a hundred feet to
enter the 400 building.
volunteer opportunities available to residents?
There are many volunteer opportunities including our nearby public elementary
school, where Meadows residents sometimes enjoy going into the classroom
to read to young students.
How is the
There is abundant free parking conveniently located near each building.
Limited garage parking at 420 Hemenway Street is available at modest
cost, for those who so desire. Our efficient Snow Team thoroughly clears
lots after storms and brushes off resident vehicles.
is the nearby area?
The Meadows is located 13 miles west of Routes 128/I-95 in an
area of upscale, single-family homes. There are more than 100 acres
of abutting woodlands, and a pleasant walking trail, which meanders
more than a mile to Marlborough Country Club. This is a well-rated public
golf course where Meadows residents are also very welcome.
Is it practical
to meet some of the other residents?
We strongly encourage prospective residents to visit and personally
meet with the many current residents. Come for a complimentary meal
to really experience the feeling of friendly camaraderie, which seems
always to prevail among our very interesting and diverse residents.
of exercise equipment is available?
There is a large, very comfortable fitness center and an aerobics room
on the ground floor of 420. Featuring pleasant views over Broadmeadow
Valley, the center has stationary bikes, weights, a rowing machine,
and an inclined walking/running machine. The aerobics room features
a springwood floor, large wall mirrors, and a ballet bar. For those
who never want to miss their daily walk, five times around the indoor
"hex" at 400 Hemenway is a good one-mile walk.
different apartment types are there?
No two are identical!
The variety of units include one, two,
and even three-bedroom units, with one, one and a half, or two bathrooms.
Some feature skylights, balconies, patios, or a combination. Availability
varies, so be sure to inform the Reservations Team of your preferences.
Every unit has its own thermostat for both heating and air conditioning
needs that the resident controls. All windows are typically operable,
and some units are available with balconies, overlooking the abutting
conservation lands on all three sides.
the Full-Service Program?
Residents of 420 Hemenway receive a comprehensive package of hospitality
services under the title of the Full-Service Program. Specifically,
the services include three meals daily, weekly light housekeeping with
flat linen service, campus activity enrollment (fitness, transportation,
and social programs) and community services support with basic maintenance
help regarding TVs, telephones, thermostats, and toilets.