Rest homes in Mass. keep closing as financial pressures mount

Rest homes, a holdover from before Social Security when fraternal, religious and ethnic groups pooled their funds to purchase property to provide housing, room and board for widows and others in need. There are currently 73 rest homes remaining in Massachusetts – rest homes now provide housing and services to low income seniors and others who can’t afford newer assisted living facilities. Governor Charlie Baker has committed to helping Massachusetts rest homes remain open despite rising costs – he increased state reimbursement by 9% and increased the daily minimum to $74 starting December 1. Follow our link to the Boston Continue Reading