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Frequently Asked Questions


Do you have to be Scandinavian to become a resident at the SLC?

You certainly do not—we are pleased to welcome residents from all nationalities, cultures, and religions. While Scandinavian principles are central to our philosophy, we see our diverse population as one of our strengths as a senior living community.


What are "Scandinavian principles"?

The Scandinavian principles that guide our work at the SLC include light-filled design, a respect for elders' independence, and a commitment to community-centered living for all. 


What is an assisted living facility?

Assisted living is a residential and health care arrangement that combines independence and customized personal care. It differs from a nursing home in that skilled care is not provided. However, residents have the right to supplement the care that is provided by the residence.


Who should consider assisted living?

Assisted living is intended for adults who would appreciate assistance with tasks such as housekeeping, preparing meals, bathing, dressing, transportation, and medication management. Assisted living also provides the peace of mind of having staff on-site 24 hours a day.


What is the advantage of being a nonprofit organization?

The SLC operates as a nonprofit so that we are able to focus wholeheartedly on our mission: to provide elders with the assistance they need to lead fulfilling, connected, and culturally-rich lives. We recognize that senior care can be costly and are proud of our efforts to keep our rates affordable compared to other local assisted living facilities. Because our goal is to serve families, not corporate shareholders, we are able to offer innovative, personalized assisted living solutions. 


What type of activities do you provide?

Our programs are designed to promote healthy minds and active bodies. We seek input from our residents and staff to develop fun and stimulating programs. Popular activities have included socials, fitness classes, lectures, and artistic performances. Field trips to museums, restaurants, gardens, and other points of interest are also enjoyed by many. Residents can also partake in all of the varied offerings of the Scandinavian Cultural Center for free. Many of our activities are also open to the broader community. Click here to view a sample activity calendar. 


How can I find out more about the SLC’s programs?

We encourage you to sign up for our email list to get updates about our programs. Please also consider following us on Facebook to get an inside look at life at the SLC. Click here to find out how to join our email list.

What is the process to establish residency at the Scandinavian Living Center?

1) Click here to download application paperwork. Our Application should be completed by the prospective resident or his/her family. The prospective resident’s doctor should review the Letter to Physician and review/complete the Physician’s Statement and Strength Program Consent Form.
2) Submit all completed forms to the Marketing Director.
3) Click here or call at 617.467.3177 to schedule a required assessment by our Resident Care Director.
4) Arrange a tour of the Scandinavian Living Center if you haven’t done so already.

For further information about Assisted Living or to access the Consumer's Guide, please visit the Executive Office of Elder Affairs’ website at (under “Housing”) or call 800.243.4636. You may also obtain a copy of the guide at the Scandinavian Living Center.

About Us

The Scandinavian Living Center (SLC) is a welcoming assisted living community located in West Newton, Massachusetts.

Our residents come from the Greater Boston area including Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, Watertown, and other area towns.

Our philosophy stems from Scandinavian principles like respecting elders’ independence, incorporating light-filled design, and encouraging community connections.

For more information or to schedule a personal tour of our senior living community, please call (617) 467-3177 or click here

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