Massachusetts Retirement Community
Introduction to retirement living


The Sudbury River meanders through one of the most scenic and accessible sections of New England - Metrowest Boston. And living near the center of this bucolic area, halfway between downtown Boston and Worcester, many residents in our "Meadows" apartments enjoy the beautiful landscaped grounds and country surroundings. There is even a family of protected white deer, which frequently visits from the adjacent state park.

One of the most dramatic changes in Boston area assisted living in recent years has been the greatly increasing numbers of seniors who are foregoing moving to Florida, or who are returning to their local roots. In many cases they just want to be nearer to that familiar New England way of life. Certainly also it seems that more and more are returning to be closer to their children, grandchildren and other family members and close friends.

As we live longer, and as baby boomers are now reaching retirement age, the availability of the right accommodations for new enrollments will likely become more difficult. A key attraction for the 159 independent living units of The Meadows Apartments, at New Horizons in Marlborough, is the priority access they receive to higher levels of service if Meadows residents later need more help with the activities of daily living.

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"Meadows Estates" is part of one of Boston's finest independent and assisted living retirement communities (CCRCs). Only 13 miles west of I-95, Boston's main circumferential highway, New Horizons Retirement Community is just north of U.S. Route 20, in Marlborough, MA. Come and visit this wonderful friendly place, where more than 400 seniors already enjoy good living. Serving Concord, Sudbury, Marlborough and Framingham areas.

There are very few things more important to the full enjoyment of our retirement years than good health, companionship, and comfort in the place we choose to live. Better Massachusetts retirement communities such as The Meadows offer a country inn-like atmosphere at a cost that is typically much less than the cost of living alone in a home. It is also among the lowest cost, high-quality senior housing in Massachusetts.


Both Meadows apartment buildings for seniors in MA are designed for the fully independent active senior. Sharing a beautiful 40-acre campus immediately adjacent to New Horizons, and surrounded by more than 100 acres of wooded conservation land, these spacious one and two bedroom units include generous common areas, in-unit washer / dryers, fully applianced kitchens, and large tiled baths.

Every day, the choices we make determine the quality of our lives. As we grow older, it is often desirable to alter our housing arrangements while adapting to our changing circumstances. Locating a Massachusetts retirement community that provides a caring, convenient environment, and meets our personal needs, becomes more important with each passing year. 


The Meadows is so much more than a housing development for seniors. Instead, it is a beautiful community where programs, recreation, and services are designed specifically for individuals. Our large indoor heated swimming pool is only one of the many features which so many residents use to maintain their vitality and their interest in continuing to live a full daily life. Living here will enable many to age-in-place and postpone or avoid altogether any need to move in with family members or to a nursing home in later years.

Continuing Care Boston Retirement Community

This Boston area retirement community is proud to offer a very attractive living arrangement for active individuals or couples who still want to live completely on their own, but who want the convenience of knowing that help is nearby if needed. Similarly, other parts of our adjacent New Horizons Massachusetts assisted living community are ideal for those who need some level of assistance with their daily responsibilities.


Superb home-cooked meals perhaps do the most for our fine reputation, because the exquisite dining rooms just always seem to become the center of everyone's attention. Meadows residents may take daily breakfast or gourmet dinner, or both. There is no assigned seating and your guests are welcome at all times. Meal quality, variety, nutrition and overall appeal become extraordinarily important as we enjoy our later years. There are typically three dinner choices each evening. 

All Meadows apartments for seniors in Massachusetts are fully private, with very nice oversized bathrooms, generous full kitchens, and lots of large windows. There is abundant free parking for all, and a very efficient private bus that many residents use for their local-area shopping trips, etc. Of course, many services may also be brought "to the door" for those residents who wish. Local firms like Domino's and Papa Gino's, for instance, come into The Meadows retirement homes in Massachusetts just like they come to every other neighborhood in town. 


All units are serviced with full telephone, cable, and Internet capability. There is a special office on-site for visiting physicians, dental practitioners and other professionals. New Horizons also enjoys a "preferred provider" arrangement with Marlborough Hospital / U. Mass Medical Center. Onsite emergency response licensed nurse services are available to Meadows residents through our certified on-site home health agency.

Traditional monthly activities are available, with special emphasis on health and fitness in a state of the art on-site health club. There is also a network of walking trails through the adjacent woodlands. All residents of The Meadows are guaranteed priority access to New Horizons' comprehensive continuum of care, if the need should arise.


Enjoy a unique combination of independent living arrangements with ready access to a wide variety of medical and social services if they are ever needed. Through constant attention to the needs of its residents, The Meadows' fine, experienced staff provides warm and comfortable homes for those who can live independently, and the nearby availability of extra personalized support for those who may later need assistance. Residents may select exactly the program that is right for them.

Often, a critical issue faced by a new resident is a sense of lost familiarity and independence -- and uncertainty about whether these vital aspects of living will ever be regained.


With that in mind, New Horizons built a home for all residents. No two apartments are identical. A "cookie cutter" approach would have lessened that individuality. Indeed, a real start-up marketing challenge was obliging the visitor who asked to see "all the different types of apartments available." There were just so many then, and there is still a very nice selection available.

The Meadows does not advertise extravagant furnishings, or an overly formal or exclusive image. Yes, this is a beautiful, well-adapted community with comprehensive amenities, but people are paramount. We focus on each resident's happiness and comfort, in ways they remember from their own unique pasts.


The Meadows retirement apartments in MA are characterized by their overwhelming charm - much like that found in a cozy New England country inn.  Set on 40 gorgeous acres, the entire community is infused with a pleasant calm and friendliness. For many of our residents, The Meadows is not just a new home; it is a new way of life, and a better way of living.

All Meadows units have their own independently controlled heating and air conditioning systems, with heavily insulated walls. All of the new Meadows apartments earned the "Energy Star" award in 2003 sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many units have balconies or patios opening to our quaint country campus surrounded by more than 100 acres of prime conservation land. Grazing deer are frequent visitors from the abutting woodlands.


To aid in providing a quick response in the event of an emergency, a receptionist is scheduled at New Horizon's front desk 24 hours a day, and there is an operations manager on-site seven days a week. At least one Licensed or Registered Nurse is scheduled on-campus, 24-hours, every day, in addition to various other round the clock staff in the adjacent buildings of New Horizons.

In 1993 Cummings Properties Marlborough, Inc. purchased the entire campus of the former Madonna Hall School for Girls from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. New Horizons Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) opened in 1994. The facility was completely renovated and substantially enlarged, adding many special features and amenities to foster convenience, comfort, and aesthetic appeal.


Although New Horizons is fully private, not-for-profit, and entirely nondenominational, it is one of few retirement communities anywhere to offer both daily Catholic Mass, in our own beautiful 140-seat chapel, and regular on-site Protestant and Jewish services as well.  Many Jewish residents enjoy their Friday evening meal together as part of New Horizons' weekly Shabbat observance. Click here for an extensive group of unsolicited and very revealing comments received from residents and from family members.

The Meadows retirement apartments for Boston area seniors consist of two four-story buildings and three smaller buildings. They have a total of 159 oversized apartments for fully independent seniors, opened in 2002. Unlike most similar size buildings, which tend to be wood-framed construction, the two larger Meadows buildings are both steel-framed, with all poured-concrete floors. Most of the remaining New Horizons buildings have completely fireproof poured-concrete construction throughout, including their roofs. All buildings are fully sprinklered as well.


Meadows buildings are easy to get around, and all residents have access to an elegant indoor walking path inside New Horizons. Five times around the interior carpeted hallway of the "hex" is one mile!

Also available, adjacent to this remarkable country campus, are two separate specialized facilities; one for residents living with Alzheimer's disease, and the other for residents with mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression. Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Inc. serves 44 residents with a variety of dementia related issues, while Robbie's Place, operated by accommodates 22 residents facing mental health issues. Priority access is available for residents in The Meadows apartments or in New Horizons who may later need the care offered by either program.

The large majority of Meadows residents have their own automobiles and drive regularly, but many also use the New Horizons bus for downtown Marlborough shopping trips, etc. Busy Bee Transportation is also a popular and low-cost option for seniors wanting to take a break from driving.


This delightful Boston area assisted living community, which first opened in September, 1994, is affiliated with the highly successful Cummings Properties organization of Woburn, Massachusetts. The entire campus is owned by Cummings Foundation, Inc., a private operating foundation with a charitable mission.

In a major feature story on Sunday April 28, 2002, Metrowest Daily News wrote glowingly about The Meadows. CNC Real Estate Editor Susan Brickman described the place as feeling "more like a big, friendly club, with a formal lobby opening to a turned staircase, a gas fireplace with a marble surround in the lobby sitting area, and large one-and-two-bedroom apartments that are all unique."


Brickman went on to write of the friendly atmosphere of The Meadows and its residents: "The camaraderie, the laughter, the uninterrupted chattering of the residents in the dining room was proof enough [of that]." Very few of the residents knew any other residents before moving in to The Meadows, but friendships there tend to develop very quickly.

John O'Reilly, formerly of The Meadows, told the paper he was one of the first residents in the first Meadows building. "I went out with my daughter who wanted to get me out of her house," he quipped, "and we had three places in mind. But we didn't get any further than here. We liked what we saw."

"It's still a secret," he added, "its too good to spoil. And where else can I go and have this many women around me?," O'Reilly concluded with a grin.

The Meadows is located on 40 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands, and is surrounded by deeded conservation land. Abundant animal-life, including wild turkeys, foxes and deer frequent the property. The Meadows is a rental community with no endowment, and typically no occupancy commitment beyond two full months.


For those over age 65, who are fully independent in all respects, consider "The Meadows." This fine 159 unit supplement to the continuum of care at New Horizons offers units from 900 to more than 1,950 square feet in two large buildings, and three smaller buildings, directly adjacent to New Horizons. The Meadows "cottages" program reserves 24 apartments for residents who are at least 62 years of age at move-in. Exceptions to the age requirements are made for persons with a physical disability, and for one of two residents sharing an apartment.

The Meadows, at 370 Hemenway Street, Marlborough, MA, is located just off US Route 20 at the end of Wilson Street. It is 13 miles west of Route 128 (Interstate 95) and, about halfway between downtown Boston and east Worcester.

Both New Horizons are strictly not-for-profit communities owned by Cummings Foundation, a $1.2 billion net worth charitable foundation, founded in 1986 by William S. and Joyce M. Cummings. New Horizons in Marlborough has grown steadily under the same Executive Director since before its opening in 1992.

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New Horizons is an equal opportunity community and does not discriminate either in its acceptance of residents, hiring practices, or promotions or treatment of any resident or employee, or in its affiliation with outside individuals or firms because of any person's race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or religion. Similarly, no employee, company, or outside contractor affiliated with The Meadows or New Horizons shall discriminate in the conduct of the Company's business against any person for any of the same reasons. 


Massachusetts Senior Living
For Boston Assisted Living, or Massachusetts Assisted Living, click on New Horizons, a 500-resident Massachusetts Retirement Community. Learn why so many seniors living in Massachusetts choose New Horizons for independent senior living in Massachusetts, assisted living in Massachusetts or independent and assisted living in Massachusetts.

Boston Independent Senior Apartment Living
For "very independent" senior living in Massachusetts, New Horizons retirement communities also include the very beautiful Meadows senior living apartments located just outside Boston, in Marlborough. These MA senior living apartments near Boston feature spacious apartments on a beautiful 40-acre campus adjacent to magnificent conservation land. They also include a daily breakfast buffet or full four-course dinner in one of several fine dining rooms. With so many options available, The Meadows is one of the premier retirement communities in the Metrowest Boston, and all of New England.

Massachusetts retirement living near Boston
Consider The Meadows senior living apartments for Boston area seniors. This large MA affordable retirement community is a member of MassALFA - Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association. The Meadows offers easy access and is on the same campus as New Horizons' independent and assisted living residence in Marlborough, MA.

Affordable assisted living
Meadows Estates offers lower costs and better value retirement options. This strictly not-for-profit assisted living residence is known for its caring staff, gracious dining and worthwhile activities. Enjoy what many call the finest senior community in Massachusetts.

High value options for senior living in a wonderful caring place where seniors come to begin really living again. Special programs to assist seniors with anxieties on an affordable 40-acre continuing care community with a short waiting list. Enjoy the best senior care assisted living. Special religious accommodations for Jewish, Protestant and Catholic assisted living residents, plus independent accommodations for retirement living.


Central Massachusetts
Ayer Assisted Living
Christopher Heights assisted living Of Webster
Christopher Heights assisted living Of Worcester
Coleman House assisted living
Corcoran House assisted living
Draper Place assisted living
Ducharme Estates assisted living
Eisenberg Assisted Living Residence
The Elms At Briarwood assisted living
Hampton Suites assisted living At Southgate
Hearthside assisted living At Baldwinville
Leominster Crossings assisted living
The Lodge At Eddy Pond assisted living
Manor On The Hill assisted living
Notre Dame Du Lac assisted living
Oak Ledge Terrace assisted living
Rivercourt Residences assisted living
Shrewsbury Crossings assisted living
Sunrise Assisted Living Of Leominster
Tatnuck Park assisted living At Worcester
Whitcomb House assisted living
Whitney Place assisted living At Northborough
Whitney Place assisted living At Northbridge
Whitney Place assisted living At Westborough
The Woods assisted living At Eddy Pond

Greater Boston
The BayView assisted living
Boylston Place assisted living at Chestnut Hill
Cadbury Commons assisted living
The Cambridge Homes assisted living
Chestnut Park assisted living at Cleveland Circle
Edelweiss Village assisted living
The Foley Senior Residences assisted living
Goddard House In Brookline assisted living
John F. Kennedy Apartments assisted living
The Landmark at Longwood assisted living
Neville Place at Fresh Pond assisted living
Providence House Senior Living Community
Rogerson House assisted living
Springhouse assisted living
Standish Village at Lower Mills assisted living
Sunrise Assisted Living of Arlington assisted living
Susan S. Bailis Community
Visiting Nurse Community
Winter Valley Residences, Inc.
Youville House assisted living
Cabot Park Village assisted living
Center Communities of Brookline assisted living
McCrohon House assisted living
Milton Residences for the Elderly assisted living
Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown assisted living

North of Boston
Ashland Farm at North Andover assisted living
Assisted Living Center – Salisbury
The Atrium at Drum Hill assisted living
The Atrium at Veronica Drive assisted living
Bertram House of Swampscott assisted living
Billerica Crossings assisted living
Blaire House of Tewksbury assisted living
Brighton Gardens assisted living of the North Shore
Chelmsford Crossings assisted living
Cohen Florence Levine Estates assisted living
Country Club Heights assisted living
Elizabeth Calsey House assisted living
Elizabeth Calsey House at Lions Mouth Road
The Gables at Winchester assisted living
The Grace Morgan House assisted living
Harborlight House assisted living
Haverhill Crossings assisted living
Hearthstone Alzheimer Care assisted living
Heritage at Danvers assisted living
The Herrick House assisted living
The John Bertram House assisted living
The Landmark at Oceanview assisted living
Longmeadow Place assisted living
Longwood Place at Reading assisted living
Maplewood Place assisted living
Marland Place assisted living
Meadow Lodge at Drum Hill assisted living
Merrimack Place assisted living
MI Residential Community assisted living
The Pines of Tewksbury assisted living
Prospect House assisted living
Sunrise Assisted Living at Gardner Park assisted living
Woodbridge assisted living
Youville Place assisted living

South of Boston
Allerton House assisted living at Central Park
Allerton House assisted living at Hancock Park
Allerton House assisted living at Harbor Park
Allerton House assisted living at the Village at Duxbury
Assisted Living at Fenno House
The Atrium assisted living at Faxon Woods
Brighton Gardens assisted living of Dedham
Emmanuel House Residence assisted living
Glen at Grove Manor Estates assisted living
Grove Manor Estates assisted living
Hearthstone Alzheimer Care assisted living
Heights Crossing assisted living
Marina Place assisted living
New England Friends Home assisted living
River Bay Club assisted living
Sunrise Assisted Living of Cohasset
Sunrise Assisted Living of Norwood
Traditions of Dedham assisted living
New Pond Village assisted living

Southeastern MA & the Islands
Alden Place assisted living
The Arbors at Taunton assisted living
Atria Woodbriar assisted living
Canterbury Woods assisted living
The Cedars Assisted Living assisted living
Christopher Heights of Attleboro assisted living
Decatur House assisted living
EPOCH Assisted Living of Brewster
EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton
Forge Hill Senior Living Community assisted living
Harbor Point at Centerville assisted living
The Henrietta Brewer House assisted living
Heritage at Dartmouth assisted living
Heritage at Falmouth assisted living
The Inn at Silver Lake assisted living
The Landmark at Fall River assisted living
Long Hill assisted living
Plymouth Crossings assisted living
Pocasset Place Assisted & Independent Living
Sunrise Assisted Living of Dartmouth assisted living
Sunrise Assisted Living of Plymouth assisted living
Swan Brook assisted living
Thirwood Place assisted living
Victorian Mansion assisted living
The Victorian of Chatham assisted living
The Village at Willow Crossings assisted living
Whaler's Cove assisted living
Whitehall Estate assisted living

West of Boston
Avery Crossings assisted living
Brigham House assisted living
Carmel Terrace assisted living
Concord Park assisted living
Dorothy Frances Home assisted living
Evans Park at Newton Corner assisted living
The Falls at Cordingly Dam assisted living
Golden Pond assisted living
Hearthstone Alzheimer Care assisted living
Heritage at Framingham assisted living
The Inn at Robbins Brook assisted living
New Horizons at Marlborough assisted living
Norumbega Point assisted living at Weston
Orchard Hill at Sudbury assisted living
Scandinavian Living Center assisted living
Sunrise Assisted Living of Wayland
Sunrise Assisted Living of Weston
Traditions of Wayland assisted living
The Village at Farm Pond assisted living
Waltham Crossings assisted living
Whitney Place at Natick assisted living

Western Massachusetts

American Inn for Retirement Living
The Arbors at Amherst assisted living
The Arbors at Chicopee assisted living
Cameron House Assisted Living Community
East Village Place assisted living
EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne
Glenmeadow Retirement Community
The Landmark at Monastery Heights assisted living
Mason-Wright Retirement Community
Orchard Valley at Wilbraham assisted living
Pinehill at Kimball Farms assisted living
Reeds Landing assisted living
Rockridge Retirment Community assisted living
Rockwell Victorian assisted living
Rosewood Homestyle Assisted Living
Ruth's House assisted living
Sarawood assisted living
Side by Side assisted living
Sugar Hill Senior Living Community