about living at New Horizons
is New Horizons?
Owned by one of the largest grant-making foundations in New England, New Horizons in its own right has a
high net worth and no mortgages or other long-term debt of any sort.
More than 170 staff members
have more than 10 years' seniority. Cummings Foundation has distributed more than $140 million in local area grants to date.
I bring my own furnishings?
Absolutely! Residents 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 feel like their new home
in all practicable ways. Fully furnished apartments can usually
be made available too.
the rental terms for residency?
Apartments are effectively rented on a month-to-month basis without any long-term
leases or commitments at New Horizons. All incoming residents are
guaranteed no increases in their basic monthly fee for at least
5 full years after their move-in date.
does the monthly rental fee include?
The monthly fee for New Horizons main program includes three delightful
meals each day, plus weekly housekeeping services, local scheduled
transportation, and utilities. In Marlborough, even local telephone services and basic cable are included in the monthly fee. There is also an extensive program
of regular and widely varied activities including a heated lap pool
and large exercize room. In Marlborough, 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 delightful
community of diverse people who will be delighted to have you join
them. New people coming in seem to be sought out by others who enjoy
being part of a neighborly "welcome wagon."
financial assistance available?
All residents of New Horizons are responsible for their own fees.
Because each New Horizons community is owned by Cummings Foundation,
Inc., a not-for-profit private operating foundation with a charitable
mission, our fees tend to be significantly lower than most other comparable communities.
Yes and No. We know that pets can be an important part of any family,
and one well-trained dog or cat is permissible at New Horizons
in Marlborough. Should the pet become a problem or disturbance to
other residents or staff, however, it can not be allowed to remain.
Local regulations prohibit overnight dogs or cats at New Horizons
in Woburn, but visiting animals are always very welcome and encouraged.
May I bring
Yes, many residents drive, and there is abundant free parking. In
the winter months, staff are usually available to help clear vehicles
for residents without charge after snow storms, etc. There are also a few garages
Do all suites
have their own 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 cleaning, either. Each apartment typically does,
however, have a small convenience center with refrigerator, sink,
and microwave oven.
are "community kitchens?"
Each New Horizons has a full-sized community kitchen, which may
be reserved 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 seen
recently teaching a young grandson how to make almond macaroons.
residents have easy access to a computer?
Many of our residents enjoy their own personal computers, but several
common area "resident" 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
Community Services Department on a regular basis.
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. Some arrange for
off-campus pick up and delivery services.
there a shopping center or mall located near by?
Local neighborhood shopping areas and larger plazas and malls exist
nearby and are easily accessed via the New Horizons bus.
do I get my hair done?
Each New Horizons has its own very nice hair salon with several
local stylists and barbers 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 the hair salons (as there is throughout
the community). These local stylists pay no fee for the use of New
Horizons facilities and their actual charges are the fees billed
through to residents.
How are the
facilities at New Horizons staffed?
There is a dedicated staff of about 70 full and part-time housekeepers,
healthcare staff, managers, grounds people, maintenance people,
activity staff, and dining room personnel in Woburn, and about 125
in Marlborough. These very committed people serve our residents
and keep our exquisite properties in pristine condition.
owns New Horizons?
Cummings Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit private operating foundation
owns both New Horizons at Marlborough and New Horizons at Choate.
Cummings Foundation, Inc.'s operation as a not-for-profit entity
is the reason that the New Horizon's communities are able to provide
such a high level of accommodations and service at such affordable
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 people who 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 greater than $1.3 billion.
is there an Entrance Deposit at New Horizons?
With a fully refundable Entrance Deposit, 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 $30,000 Fee is 100 percent
refundable to the resident, or to his or her estate, when the resident
What is the amount of the fully refundable Entrance Fee?
For a limited time, the Entrance Fee has been eliminated for new residents who do not require a Traditional Assisted Living Service Plan upon move-in and, based on the assessment of a community registered nurse, are not expected to require such a plan for at least one year. Only first and last month's rent will be due from these residents upon signing of the Residence Agreement. For all other residents, the fully refundable Entrance Fee is $30,000.
level of independence makes a resident "independent?"
Independent residents normally take all their meals in the main
dining room. They are able to travel in buses or cars, and can participate
in most 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 temporary need of assistance?
Arrangements can typically be made to provide temporary assistance
for any independent resident if a need should arise. Similarly,
existing independent residents in the community have priority status
for transfer to the assisted living program or even for Alzheimer's
care if such a need ever becomes apparent, whether on a temporary
or permanent basis. In Marlborough there is typically at least one
fully licensed Nurse on duty 24 hours daily, seven days a week.
How are assisted
living services provided?
At New Horizons in Woburn, assisted living services are provided
through a division of highly 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 an on-site certified and Medicare-approved home health agency recently ranked "Number
1 Home Care Provider in Massachusetts." New Horizons passes-on only the actual total fees charged by the provider, with no markup
on these services.
operates the special Alzheimer care programs?
These programs at both campuses are independent facilities owned
and operated by Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Ltd., of Woburn, MA 01801. Should the need arise, New Horizons residents
have priority access to Hearthstone facilities. There are also part-time
daycare slots at Hearthstone, which sometimes work well when one
spouse is caring for another with dementia issues, and the caregiver
just needs some break-time away from the afflicted spouse.
are the visiting hours at New Horizons?
There are none. Living at New Horizons is not much different than
living at a private 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, with very modest guest meal fees. Prospective residents are
strongly encouraged to enjoy the facilities as guests of New Horizons.
the two New Horizons very similar?
Yes. Other than geography, the biggest difference is the size of
each. New Horizons in Woburn, with about 120 residents, typically
has a very long waiting list. Marlborough, which has had five expansions
to date, houses more than 400 seniors. It is often full, but typically
has a very short wait list and is able to accommodate prompt placement.
all assisted living facilities alike?
Although Massachusetts assisted living communities tend to be very
well-regulated and of unusually good quality, certainly there are
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 communities
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.
any religious affiliation at either New Horizons?
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, while New Horizons in
Woburn has weekly Catholic services, biweekly Protestant services,
and Jewish services surrounding special holidays. Free transportation
to local churches is available each Sunday morning.
Is cable TV service
Free basic cable TV service is provided in all units in Marlborough,
with enhanced service available upon request. Free basic telephone
service is included in the quoted rates at New Horizons in Marlborough,
as well. Cable and TV services in Woburn are available to residents
directly from the servicing agencies.
there volunteer opportunities available to residents?
There are many volunteer opportunities including, our nearby elementary
schools, where residents sometimes go into the classroom to read
to young students. Residents often volunteer to help each other,
too. In one situation, a man with macular degeneration routinely
pushed the wheelchair of his next-door neighbor, who had difficulty
walking. The sighted person, while seated, would call out upcoming
obstructions as she was being pushed along.
comes to New Horizons?
New Horizons mostly cares 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 early 80s. We provide a
fine residential environment, where residents who have been previously
living alone very often "come alive again."
should I do next if I am interested in residency?
Fill out the application for Residency, and return it right away.
If interested in occupancy within the next 10 months, send your
application, along with the $50 non-refundable Application Fee,
to: Executive Director, New Horizons, 400 Hemenway Street, Marlborough,
MA 01752. The waiting list in Woburn is about 10-12 months long,
but there is currently no waiting list in Marlborough.
A personal visit is then very advisable.
We urge prospective residents to come and fully get to know the
facility, and to meet other residents before signing a Residence
Agreement. It is important also for New Horizons to assess each
resident's needs. A printable copy of the Application form is available
by clicking here.