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.
Residential Care Homes - An Alternative for Some
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.
I love this place, I really do! I feel very safe and secure, and well-liked. If you want something, you only need to ask. That goes for food, everything. If I say to Shawn (Food Services Director) I like such and such, it’s on the menu the next day! You don’t have to worry about bills, medicine, laundry, anything. You are expected to be independent, but if you need help it’s there. I love the food, it’s great! The staff is very caring , they really care about you and they all seem to love their job, and I think it’s not an easy job. I didn’t like being alone, so this is perfect. I didn’t want to depend on my children, so this is wonderful. Lots of freedom, love it!
I have been at Brookhouse a little over 2 months and I cannot think of any place I would rather be. I fell in love with my new home from the first day I got here and the only way I know how to describe it is – – This place is everything that any person would want to live out their senior years. I feel that many of them do not know about Brookhouse and I feel so lucky to be here. I hope I will be here until God takes me home.
“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.”