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How many apartments are there at Decatur House?

Decatur House has 23-private apartments of varying styles and sizes.  Each apartment has a private bathroom, kitchenette and technology designed to enhance safety and peace of mind for residents and their families.


Who owns and operates Decatur House?

Steve and Linda Austin both own and operate Decatur House.  Linda grew up in Sandwich, and together with Steve, they raised four children just down the street in Sandwich Village.  Needless to say, they are intimately involved in care decisions, staffing, and even the flowers on the table in the dining room!


How long has Decatur House been in business?

Linda and Steve converted the formerly private residence into an assisted living community in 1999.


What is the type of care that is provided to residents?

Assisted living services at Decatur House consist of, among other things, help with bathing, dressing, medication monitoring, and care coordination. Ideal for the person who cannot live safely at home alone yet does not need skilled nursing care; assisted living is a residential model of providing care for seniors.


How do I know if my mom needs assisted living?

No two stories are the same, yet many similarities do exist within those seeking assisted living.  Largely, lifestyle burdens such as an inability to drive, physically care for oneself or for a home, and manage household activities on a daily basis warrant a senior’s need for assisted living.  But choice is also a reason.  For example, mom living at her daughter’s house may seem appropriate for the daughter, but mom is lonely during the day and feels a lack of independence being in a house she cannot maneuver as well as she used to. Assisted living can help a senior regain independence!


How is assisted living at Decatur House paid for?

Assisted living is largely private pay, which means residents pay for the services and their monthly rent from their own funds.  Decatur House does not offer any State or Federal subsidy, though we are often assisting families with finding additional funding sources to help defray the cost of care.  An example of this would be accessing a Veteran’s Benefit or long term care insurance.  Residents at Decatur House pay a one-time entry fee upon move-in and an ongoing monthly rental fee.  This monthly fee varies depending on the apartment type.


What is your staffing like?

First of all, we like to think we have THE BEST assisted living staff on Cape Cod and the South Shore! Our staffing is very high, which means residents have tremendous access to personalized care 24 hours a day.  Our staff is awake overnight, and in addition to certified nurse aides, we have companions who spend time with residents.  All are trained, experienced, and uniquely compassionate.


Who makes arrangements for appointments or services and is transportation included?

Our concierge team at your request will coordinate appointments and communicate information as needed.  Included in the monthly fee this concierge service is not an added cost to the family. Most assisted living communities will not offer this level of concierge service, and if they do, it is at a separate cost. Transportation within Sandwich there is no charge, outside of Sandwich there is a vehicle charge.


Does Decatur House offer a respite or short stay?

Yes.  We offer residents a chance to try us out by staying for a short stay paying the monthly rent and any services they receive.  


How is Decatur House licensed?

Decatur House, as with all assisted living communities in Massachusetts, is licensed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.


I like to take my mother out for lunch on occasion.  May I do that?

Of course! Residents can come and go as they like as long as the family or friend lets us know when a resident has left – and returned from – the building.  We encourage families to bring their loved one to family celebrations, out for lunch or to a grandchild’s baseball game.