Our goal is to provide you with the valuable residential care or rest home information you are looking for. MARCH (Massachusetts Association of Residential Care Homes) represents more than 90 facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To learn more, we encourage you to read the stories of residents who are living fulfilling lives in one of Massachusetts’ rest homes.
Residential Care Homes - An Alternative for Some
“I have thrived since moving to Hale House. I could barely walk up to Boylston Street when I moved here. I have gotten so much stronger. I used to just lie in bed all day. Now I walk up to the library and go for coffee without any trouble. Independence is really a trap; you are dependent on the environment. I was living independently but not well. The rich environment of Hale House has energized the joy with which I welcome my days and the friendship opportunities that they bring. Community activities unfold like magic; a full range of speakers, visiting school children, quality music, Scrabble, cards and film.”
“Rest homes are little gems. They impart a feeling of care and dignity and a warm family like feelings. There is nothing institutional about them.”
“Rest homes offer more services for ½ to ⅓ the cost of a nursing home or assisted living facility. Individuals can function at a higher level with the supports of nurses, social workers and activity staff. Rest homes are a close knit community. It is far better than being isolated, without supports. There is a degree of independence allowed in a rest home that makes for a better quality of life.”
“It’s nice to know that if in the middle of the nights, I need help, it is only a push of the button away.”
“You get everything you want and everything you need.”
“This home has the best dining experience.”
“I feel secure.”
“This is a good place for the therapy and support services I need.”
MARCH (Massachusetts Association of Residential Care Homes), established in 1991, is the only organization solely representing rest homes and the residential care community. MARCH is a 501(c6). The mission of the organization is to encourage financial viability, support and advocacy and increased visibility and recognition of the cost effective quality of care offered residents in a home-like setting within the long term care continuum.
What do Residential Care Homes (Rest Homes) Provide?
Provide care and supervision 24 hours a day for those who do not need nursing home care. Homes provide coordination of medical care, medication administration, 3 meals and snacks a day, personal care, laundry, activities and housekeeping in small homelike environments. All at one fixed daily rate. See a comparison of care offered by other care settings.