Boylston Place offers luxury apartments for both independent living and assisted living appropriate residents. It’s adjacent to EPOCH of Chestnut Hill, a skilled nursing facility—and shares a courtyard and amenities. One of the advantages of being at Boylston Place is that residents are given priority at EPOCH’s skilled nursing and rehab. I’ve referred clients there and have visited a number of times, so I know it well.
The facility initially served a mostly Jewish population, but now there is more diversity among the residents and the programming is diverse and inclusive as well. It’s located in the Brookline/Newton area in Chestnut Hill. It’s within walking distance of shops and a movie theater, but it’s right off a main road and a little distance from public transportation. Parking is an issue in the area generally, but they offer valet parking.
Boylston Place was built about 15 years ago and has 48 units. It was intended to be a high-end, premiere facility and it still is. It’s exclusive, with comparable costs. Each unit is elegantly furnished, using high-end furnishings and materials and has a full galley kitchen. The staff works hard to cater to each resident. This is particularly evident in the dining service.
They have a special sound loop that allows residents to change the setting on their hearing aids in the on-site movie theater, to hear the soundtrack without interference—and limo service for doctor appointments, shopping, other errands or trips out of the facility.
The staff has been very stable, with little turnover, and they’re quite attentive. They have RN service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many of the residents also have private attendants, with the expense paid by the individual resident, which makes it possible for them to age in place for a longer time.
The food is excellent. It’s restaurant-style, four-star dining. They have both a seasonal menu and meals made to order and are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. They also have a high-end activities program that includes a fitness trainer five days a week to staff their fitness center.
What I like best about living at EPOCH is the community living and the lifestyle we have. Knowing that I am cared for and loved and knowing all my needs are met is very reassuring. The staff is wonderful. They are very helpful; they listen and then respond appropriately.
My days here are very full and active. Typically, I’m up at 5:00 a.m., get washed, get dressed and then have breakfast. I meditate and pray, then go downstairs for morning activities and lunch. I go for afternoon activities, followed by supper, and then I enjoy watching TV from 9 to 11 p.m. before bed.
Phase 10 is my favorite card game and I also enjoy spending time with our grandchildren very much. If I want to go to the store, we are driven there twice a week. It is a nice convenience.
My apartment is filled with my personal belongings. I have pictures hung on my walls from local artists. I also have old dolls and teddy bears given to me throughout the years, as well as lots of books. All in all, I have years of wonderful memories with me here.
The dining experience here is very nice. I can sit with whom I want and enjoy a meal and quiet conversation. They have great, great food!
EPOCH has given me a chance to live my life in comfort and with nice people. I had researched assisted living communities and decided this was the most welcoming residence. The care and supportive services here are very thorough. We have our blood pressure taken twice a month. We also get rides to our doctor appointments and for shopping when needed. It is good to know we can stay within the community if we require additional care.
EPOCH is an embracing place. It is warm and friendly here and I like being part of a community.
I have friends here just like I have enjoyed all my life. Like gravitates to like! The staff is courteous, available, efficient, capable and willing to help. The transportation services provided have made my life much easier. I am very high on this community.
After I awake in the morning, I have coffee and breakfast in my room. Exercise is readily available for anyone like me who likes to participate. After lunch, I usually rest for one and a half hours in the room, enjoy music, catch up on current events and news and then I’m ready for supper. After that, I enjoy watching the news in my room. My favorite activities are music and exercise.
My apartment is spacious, well appointed and well maintained. All of the staff are very courteous – everyone from housekeeping to the director. We all try to use first names. Personally, I am very satisfied with everything at EPOCH.
I’m completely satisfied with everything about EPOCH. I’ve been here one and a half years. I’m legally blind and I’m very happy here. They work so hard and make it so homey and so pleasant for all the residents.
I moved my uncle Ira to Boston from Maryland upon his diagnosis of brain cancer. We needed a place in which he would feel secure and cared for and that would bring him joy during the last months of his life. We found the food and accommodations at Boylston Place to be outstanding and they were able to quickly create a new home for Ira. I profoundly appreciate the staff and all that they did for us.”
The Veterans Dinner was great! The two wonderful, polite Army soldiers from the Wellesley Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST)’s response team for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) defense were admirable and they were SO attentive and reverent of the gathered gentlemen who had all fought valiantly in war conditions.
Thank you for orchestrating such an event and thank you for including me. This is what puts Boylston Place on a higher level!