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Area seniors get good news for their budgets

Many members of the New Horizons at Choate community recently gathered for a group photo.
Many members of the New Horizons at Choate community recently gathered for a group photo.

During this time of ever-increasing costs, one can rarely count on a major expense like rent to remain unchanged. Woburn’s New Horizons at Choate senior living community, however, announced that, for the 19th consecutive year, it has waived any increase to its residents’ monthly service fees.

The not-for-profit independent and assisted living community, established in 1990 at the site of the former Choate Hospital, has not raised rates for existing residents since 1994. Its 11-member board of trustees votes on the issue at each Annual Trustee Meeting.

Executive Director Christine Coakley, a Woburn native and a 20-year veteran of New Horizons, said, “The residents often express to us how fortunate they feel about the stability of our fees. It gives them peace of mind, and allows them to plan better for the future.”

Monthly service fees at New Horizons include housing costs, three meals per day, social events, weekly light housekeeping, apartment maintenance, groundskeeping, snow removal, and scheduled group transportation to local shopping and downtown areas as well as special events and attractions.

According to Coakley, New Horizons is able to maintain its rates because of the ongoing support it receives from Cummings Foundation, its parent organization. Cummings Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the earnings of Woburn-based commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties.

New Horizons’ 125 apartments are primarily open to residents of Woburn, Winchester, and Medford. In addition to independent and assisted living, dementia care is provided on site by Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, an independently owned and operated organization. More information about New Horizons is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.


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