about living at New Horizons
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stable is New Horizons?
one of the largest private foundations in Massachusetts,
New Horizons in its own right has a high net worth
and no mortgages or other long-term debt of any
I bring my own furnishings?
Absolutely! Residents are encouraged to furnish
their new homes to their own liking. They are
also free to hang their favorite pictures on walls
and to make their New Horizons apartment truly
be and feel like their new home in all ways possible.
are the rental terms for residency?
Apartments are effectively rented on a month-to-month
basis. Residents must give two months' notice
if they plan to relocate, but there are never
any leases or long-term commitments at New Horizons.
does the monthly rental fee include?
The monthly fee includes three delicious, dietitian-approved
meals each day, plus weekly housekeeping services,
local scheduled transportation, and utilities.
There is also an extensive program of regular
and widely varied activities. In Marlborough,
a Traditional Assisted Living Service Plan, basic
cable, and local telephone service are also included.
Most of all, the fee includes being a part of
a marvelous not-for-profit environment with a
very warm community of diverse people who will
be delighted to have you join them. New people
coming in are welcomed by others offering to help
them acclimate to their new home.
financial assistance available?
All residents of New Horizons are responsible
for their own fees. Because each New Horizons
is a not-for-profit affordable community, our
fees tend to be lower than other comparable locations.
In addition, Cummings Foundation currently subsidizes
monthly fees for each New Horizons resident.
Yes and No. We know that pets can be an important
part of any family, and one small house-trained
dog or cat is permissible at New Horizons in Marlborough.
Should the pet become a problem to other residents
or staff, however, it cannot be allowed to remain.
Local regulations prohibit overnight dogs and
cats at New Horizons in Woburn. Well-behaved visiting
pets, however, are always welcomed and encouraged!
I bring my car?
Of course! Many residents drive, and there is
abundant free parking. In the winter months, our
"Snow Team" is available to help clear
off vehicles for residents after snow storms,
New Horizons have a nursing home?
Residents at New Horizons may receive supportive
skilled services in the comfort of their own apartments
rather than in a designated facility. Such care
may be arranged through the on-site provider of
home care services or through a different provider
that the resident and his/her family may prefer.
The meshing of the hospitality and socialization
services of the community with these extra care
supports generally makes for a preferable environment.
all suites have their own full kitchens?
No. Isn't it wonderful!? No more grocery shopping,
cooking, or cleaning! Three delicious meals are
enjoyed daily in one of our bright, airy dining
rooms, with none of the shopping or lugging, and
none of the cooking or cleanup, either. Each apartment
typically does, however, have a "hospitality
center," including a small convenience refrigerator,
plus a sink and microwave oven.
are "community kitchens"?
Each New Horizons has a full-sized community kitchen,
which is available if a resident should want to
cook for some special purpose. One resident, for
instance, likes to make some of her favorite fresh
tomato sauce for gifts to her family and friends.
Another was recently seen teaching his young grandson
how to make the family's famous almond macaroons.
Wi-Fi is available in the Town Center at New Horizons
in Marlborough and in common areas of New Horizons
residents have easy access to a computer?
Many of our residents enjoy their own personal
computers, but several common area computers are
routinely available for resident use for email,
the Internet, or an assortment of popular games.
Many residents take free computer classes offered
by the Activities Department on a regular basis.
Additionally in January 2008, Intel graciously
donated funds to New Horizons at Marlborough to
purchase eight computers. These are installed,
each at its own work station, in the Intel Computer
Training Center in memory of Albert Frechette
for daily use by residents, as well as for occasional
group training classes.
laundry facilities available for residents' use?
Yes, there are several laundry rooms in
convenient locations, equipped with washers and
dryers. There is no charge for the use of this
equipment. Residents may take care of their own
laundry, or may pay separately for laundry service,
as available. Laundering of linens (only), however,
is included in weekly light housekeeping services.
there a shopping center or mall located nearby?
Local neighborhood shopping and entertainment
areas and larger plazas and malls exist nearby
and are easily accessed via the New Horizons mini
bus or your own vehicle.
do I get my hair done?
Each New Horizons has its own exceptionally nice,
fully-equipped, hair salon with several local
stylists who routinely serve both men and women.
New Horizons' local shopping bus is also readily
available for those who wish to schedule hair
appointments off campus. There is a strict "no
tipping" policy in New Horizons' hair salons
(as there is throughout the community) at all
are the facilities at New Horizons staffed?
There is a dedicated staff of about 80 full and
part-time housekeepers, healthcare staff, managers,
grounds people, maintenance people, activity staff,
and dining room personnel in Woburn, and about
100 at the much larger Marlborough campus. These
very dedicated people serve our residents with
true dedication and keep our exquisite properties
in pristine condition.
is there an Entrance Fee at New Horizons?
With a fully-refundable Entrance Fee, there is
considerably less risk of any residents defaulting
on their obligations to the community. As a result,
uncollected fees are almost non-existent, and
rates are lower for all residents. The entire
Deposit ($30,000 in Marlborough and $50,000 in
Woburn) is 100 percent refundable to the resident,
or to his or her estate, when the resident leaves.
Interest earned on these deposits also helps to
keep monthly fees lower, yielding a tax savings
for many residents.
owns New Horizons?
New Horizons at Marlborough, LLC and New Horizons
at Choate, LLC are both independent 501-C-3 operating
entities. They are wholly-owned not-for-profit
subsidiaries of the substantial Cummings Foundation,
Inc. of Woburn, MA.
New Horizons financially secure?
Both heavily endowed, not-for-profit entities
are financially very strong and conservative,
and were organized and 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, and Cummings Foundation's
net worth is several hundred million dollars.
defines an "independent living" resident?
Independent residents are able to travel in buses
or cars, and can participate in activities of
daily living without assistance. Some independent
living residents, who do not need a full assisted
living program, schedule assistance with occasional
needs, or once or twice a week, still remaining
"independent" in overall status.
if I am in need of temporary assistance?
Arrangements can typically be made to provide
temporary assistance for any independent resident
if a need should arise. Similarly, independent
residents already in the community always have
priority status for transfer to the assisted living
section or even for Alzheimer's care if such a
need ever becomes apparent, whether temporary
or long term. In Marlborough there is typically
at least one registered nurse on duty 24 hours
daily, seven days a week. LifeLine
Ambulance is a preferred provider of nonemergency
medical transport for New Horizons residents in
both Marlborough and Woburn.
are assisted living services provided?
At New Horizons in Woburn, assisted living services
are provided through a division of nationally
acclaimed Winchester Hospital, which recently
received the coveted Magnet Award, the
American Nurses Association's highest award for
nursing excellence. In Marlborough, services are
provided by Care Solutions, Inc., recently ranked
"Number 1 Home Care Provider in Massachusetts."
New Horizons passes on to residents only the actual
total fees charged by the provider, with no "profit"
earned on these services.
operates the special Alzheimer care programs?
These programs at both campuses are independent
programs owned and operated by Hearthstone Alzheimer
Care, Ltd., of 23 Warren Ave., Woburn, MA 01801.
Should the need arise, New Horizons residents
have priority access to Hearthstone facilities.
There are also part-time daycare services at Hearthstone.
This arrangement sometimes works well when one
spouse is caring for another with dementia issues,
and the caregiver spouse just needs some time
away from the responsibilities of caring for the
are the "visiting hours" at New Horizons?
There are none. Living at New Horizons is no different
than living at home. You and your guests are always
free to come and go as you like. With advance
notice, guests of New Horizons residents are also
welcome to dine with residents in the dining rooms,
as practical, with very modest guest meal fees.
Prospective residents are strongly encouraged
to enjoy the facilities as guests of New Horizons.
the two New Horizons communities very similar?
Yes. Other than geography, the biggest difference
is the size of each campus. New Horizons in Woburn,
with about 125 residents on a five-acre property,
typically has a very long waiting list. The Marlborough
campus, situated on 40 gorgeous acres abutting
conservation lands, has had five major expansions,
houses more than 400 seniors, is often full, but
typically has a very short wait list.
all assisted living facilities alike?
Although Massachusetts assisted living communities
tend to be very well-regulated and of unusually
good quality, there are certainly major differences
among them. People who are familiar with many
communities say that New Horizons places far more
emphasis on helping to keep residents active,
busy, and involved than most other facilities
do. There is most often a very warm, personal
feeling that comes across readily to prospective
residents who stop to talk with current residents,
and ask their feelings about living at New Horizons.
there any religious affiliation at either New
No. New Horizons is entirely non-sectarian in
all respects. New Horizons in Marlborough does,
however, have a daily Catholic Mass and weekly
Protestant and Jewish services. New Horizons in
Woburn has weekly Catholic services, biweekly
Protestant services, and Jewish services surrounding
cable TV service provided?
Free basic cable TV service is provided in all
units in Marlborough, with enhanced service available
upon request. Free basic telephone service is
also included in the quoted rates at New Horizons
in Marlborough. In Woburn, residents desiring
phone and cable services may easily arrange for
same through local providers.
there volunteer opportunities available to residents?
There are many volunteer opportunities within
New Horizons and off-site, as well. Residents
sometimes go into the classroom of our nearby
elementary schools to read to young students.
In the residence, they initiate clubs, some as
ambassadors for the community, knit goods for
charity, and help manage the greenhouse.
comes to New Horizons?
New Horizons is mostly for seniors who are very
concerned about maintaining their dignity and
independence. Their ages range from about 65 to
100, with an average in the low to mid 80s. We
provide a fine residential environment, where
residents who have previously lived by themselves
very often "come alive again once they no
longer have to concern themselves with the burdens
of living alone."
should I do next if I am interested in residency?
Fill out the Application for Residency and return
at your earliest opportunity. If interested in
occupancy within the next 10 months, send your
application, along with the $300 non-refundable
Application Fee, to: Executive Director, New Horizons,
400 Hemenway Street, Marlborough, MA 01752. The
waiting list in Woburn is about one year long,
but there is currently no substantial waiting
list in Marlborough due to its much larger facility.
A personal visit
is then very advisable. We urge prospective residents
to inspect the facility, enjoy a complimentary
lunch or dinner, and to meet other residents before
signing a Residence Agreement. It is important
also for New Horizons to assess each resident's
suitability and needs. A printable copy of the
Application form is available by clicking