and assisted
living in
Boston, MA
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in Marlborough, MA


This section deals with New Horizons in Marlborough, MA. Information about our Woburn facility is in the next section.

Independent and Assisted living in Boston Area


By way of recent history, New Horizons retirement community opened in Marlborough, MA in October 1994. This followed a complete rebuilding of the former Madonna Hall School for Girls, at 400 Hemenway Street, Marlborough, MA. This independent and assisted living community in Massachusetts is just down the road from Longfellow's historic Wayside Inn, and was earlier the longtime family farm of Marlborough resident Joseph Bouvier, who operated a well-known apple orchard there for decades.

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New Horizons is a private, non-sectarian community on a delightful 40-acre country campus. Altogether, this New Horizons accommodates up to 500 seniors, and generally has only a short waiting list, or none at all. Seniors enjoy a wide variety of personalized living plans.

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The natural beauty of the area offers New Horizons' residents a lovely tranquil environment with lots of broad meadows and other green space for quiet walks, or just sitting with a friend. Assisted and independent living residents come and go as they like on a 24-hour basis, and often journey to shopping areas in Marlborough and Sudbury, MA in New Horizons' brand new private, climatized bus. The beautiful country-like campus is a half mile north of U.S. Route 20, at the end of Wilson Street. New Horizons' Boston retirement community prizes its rich heritage and diversity.


Male residents group at New Horizons - Marlborough

New Horizons in Marlborough happens to have far more male residents than any other large, mixed gender retirement community in Massachusetts. Pictured above at a recent Veterans' Day ceremony honoring them are some of the Veterans who now call New Horizons "home".

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Although both New Horizons assisted living communities in Massachusetts are entirely nondenominational, the Marlborough campus is one of few communities anywhere to offer regular on-site Protestant and Jewish services, as well as daily Catholic Mass in its own beautiful 140 seat chapel. Overall, of those residents who express a religious affiliation, New Horizons residents appear to be about 35 percent Catholic, 35 percent Protestant, 10 percent Jewish and 20 percent "other."


Many Jewish assisted living residents in Marlborough enjoy dinner together as part of their weekly Friday evening Shabbat observance. The private Bill Miller Dining Room is normally used for this purpose, but the adjacent Town Center is available for larger Seder or Passover services.

The very large 86-degree heated indoor swimming pool is another joy for many residents in Marlborough. At a consistent depth of 3' 6", the pool is perfect for the water exercise programs. Other special attractions include frequent shopping trips into town, and numerous social and entertainment events, which give residents plenty to do.


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One resident's daughter put it very well. "I started to get puzzled when Mom never seemed to be around to answer the phone anymore. That hadn't happened in years. It took me a while to realize that she now has a life again!" She told us her mom had spent eight years sitting by the phone in case it rang, before moving to New Horizons.

Affordable assisted living in MA

The all-inclusive rates for vacant, strictly private suites in New Horizons' independent living sections start at around $2,100. These rates include three gourmet meals per day, as well as housekeeping, local scheduled transportation, basic cable TV service, free local telephone, a comprehensive schedule of appropriate activities, etc. If personal assistance is needed, a service care plan is provided. Individualized supplemental care is made available at additional cost.



Residents who live in Building 400 may receive MA assisted living services from our Medicare-certified on-site home health agency. Residents who select this additional service pay an additional monthly fee beginning at $1,045. This includes an average of one hour of personal assisted living services per day, such as assistance with daily living activities, meal escorts, self-administered medication management, special activity programs, and much more. All residents pay a 100 percent refundable $30,000 Entrance Fee and furnish a guaranty from a suitable individual, usually a family member, prior to moving in.


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Other residents (in the independent living suites) who would like such services on a less frequent schedule (as little, for instance, as laundry once a week), may arrange them directly with our on-site home health providers. Low cost assisted living for residents from Concord, Sudbury, Framingham, Wellesley, Weston, Waltham, Wayland and Worcester, MA as well as Marlborough.


An internationally known Alzheimer care program, operated by Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Ltd., and 130 spacious, independent living apartments in brand new buildings (completed in June 2002) round out the wide spectrum of living choices this community offers. The facility is now one of the largest, most affordable retirement communities in New England, with accommodations for more than 500 residentsand serving residents and their families from the entire Metrowest area.

Respite stays

For individuals in need of temporary supportive services while recuperating from a hospital stay, during rehabilitation, or while a family member is away, New Horizons in Marlborough offers a respite program. This program is available to individuals or couples, with a minimum 30-day stay and maximum 60-day stay.

Respite residents are provided furnished suites with kitchenette, bath with walk-in shower, emergency response system, and cable and local telephone service. The program fee includes a Standard Assisted Living Service Plan for one, with personal care provided by the on-site certified and Medicare-approved home health agency. Additional care is always available, and a licensed nurse is scheduled on site 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Included are three delicious meals served daily in an elegantly casual dining room, weekly housekeeping and linen service, and all regular community activities, as well as all special programs. There is a 140-seat stained-glass chapel and religious services on site for all faiths.

Try our Vacation Package

Are you tempted to give full-service retirement living or assisted living a try, but remain uncertain as to whether senior community living is right for you? Why not sample the lifestyle with our Vacation Program?

In this 30-day program, individuals or couples can give retirement living at New Horizons a trial run. If it suits them, they can then move their own furniture and other belongings that contribute to making a home. New Horizons' private suites are equipped with kitchenette, bath with walk-in shower, emergency response system, and cable and local telephone service. During the 30-day trial period, New Horizons will also furnish the suite.

This program includes all of the services and amenities that are available to New Horizons residents, including three delicious meals served daily in an elegantly casual dining room, weekly housekeeping and linen service, access to all activities and special programs within the community, and use of the on-site Hemenway Health Club and indoor heated swimming pool. Also included, for those who need assistance, is a Standard Assisted Living Service Plan for one with services provided by the on-site certified and medicare-approved home health agency.

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New Horizons at Marlborough, LLC is a not-for-profit entity that leases its facility from Cummings Foundation, Inc., but is itself solely responsible for all operational issues. Both heavily endowed not-for-profit entities are financially very strong and conservative, and were developed by the same family that developed Cummings Park in Woburn, MA and Cummings Center in Beverly, MA.  Significantly, there is no debt or mortgage of any kind on any part of either New Horizons property!
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This New Horizons alone has a staff of more than 125 warm, caring people, almost all from Marlborough or abutting towns. Employment opportunities often exist, however, and interested people who would truly enjoy working with our older population are encouraged to contact New Horizons at 508-460-5200.


The community's executive director, Robert O'Connor of Marlborough, has managed the community since before its opening in August 1994. He has more than 25 years experience in the long-term care industry.


Although most seniors would prefer assisted living over nursing home residence, assisted living facilities in Massachusetts may not provide 24-hour skilled nursing care, and they are not appropriate for everyone. Residents come and go as they wish. They are not under constant oversight, and sometimes they make choices that may not appear to be in their own best interests. New Horizons is a not-for-profit community which provides personalized supportive services with the activities of daily living, but does not, and cannot, monitor its residents.


- Independent and Assisted Living -
Applying for Residency

Welcome to New Horizons! We certainly hope our community of warm, wonderful neighbors will impress you, and we look forward to your new residency.  The application procedure is easy to follow with these simple steps.  Staff members are always available to assist you throughout the process and thereafter.

  1. Please complete the Application for Residence, and ask your physician to return the Physician's Statement directly to New Horizons.  Readers may download both of these simple forms by clicking here, and then submit the application with the $300 non-refundable application fee* to:
    Executive Director
    New Horizons at Marlborough, LLC
    400 Hemenway Street
    Marlborough, MA 01752

  2. Following submission and processing of the application documents, new residents will typically meet with the appropriate staff, select their suite, sign the Residence Agreement, and pay the balance of their first Monthly Fee. New residents may then arrange personal care and/or nursing services, if needed.

* Application Fee is fully applied to the first month's occupancy


While New Horizons assisted living in Woburn continues to have a waiting list of up to about a year, the recent major expansion in Marlborough has virtually eliminated such a list here. When a waiting list exists, future residents who have completed the application process and who have been placed on the Priority Waiting List, are invited to participate without charge in various home activities. 

Future retirement living residents are also encouraged to visit for lunch or dinner from time to time, as guests of New Horizons, to begin familiarizing themselves with their new home before actually moving in. And even when coming for a get acquainted visit, its okay to come unannounced or on very short notice. For directions to New Horizons, click here.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if there are any questions, or if we may assist in any way. We are delighted that you are considering joining our fine community of wonderful neighbors, and will do our best to help make your transition smooth and pleasant.  After all, this is home!




Assisted and independent living
Sample Floor plans for New Horizons in Marlborough
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All suites are unfurnished.
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All suites are typically unfurnished.
For more information about New Horizons' Massachusetts independent and assisted living programs, with three meals each day, please be sure to visit our second website,
For more information about Massachusetts independent retirement living in the adjacent buildings of "The Meadows," with a choice of breakfast or dinner each day, visit
New Horizons at Choate, LLC
21 Warren Ave.,
Woburn, MA 01801
New Horizons at Marlborough, LLC
400 Hemenway St.,
Marlborough, MA 01752

For more information about independent or assisted living at New Horizons in Marlborough, please visit