Award-Winning Care at Katzman Family Center for Living

For over 100 years, the Katzman Family Center for Living, the flagship property of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare has cared for individuals with compassion, dignity and respect. Founded in 1919 by Lena Goldberg, the original goal of Katzman Family Center for Living was to create a welcoming home for neighboring elders.

The Katzman Family Center for Living has consistently received the Five-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This designation reflects the highest number of stars allotted to a skilled nursing facility.

Today, the concept has come full circle. We offer the highest quality of care to all our residents and families through the dedicated efforts of our specially trained staff members. Our mission is to provide exceptional skilled nursing care in a warm and inviting setting. Recently the Katzman Family Center for Living underwent a dramatic $16 million renovation. The completely remodeled five-story building reflects a legacy Green House® skilled nursing model, with kitchens on every floor, spacious gathering spaces and an abundance of glass and natural light.

Just Like Home

The residences are inspired by the Green House® concept, which replicates the experience of living in a traditional home. Professional chefs prepare nutritious, delicious meals, using high-quality, seasonal ingredients in classic and contemporary recipes. Kitchens on every floor allow wonderful aromas to permeate throughout the house.


Our rooms feature flat screen TV’s, beautiful large windows and individually controlled heating/air conditioning. Cozy fireplace living rooms, open kitchens, and family style dining areas are situated on every floor.


European day spa and salon; lobby, café and chapel. Common spaces feature bright furnishings, natural light and scenic views. The residence offers three kosher meals per day prepared by a private chef.

Short Term Rehabilitation Services

The dedicated doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers are advocates for seniors and their families and bring extensive experience in their fields. We offer exceptional care and access to a wide range of top medical experts. Working in close partnership with residents and their families, our goal is to provide the highest caliber of care for every single resident.


Residents can participate in a wide range of activities, including lectures, games, outings, concerts, holiday celebrations and intergenerational programs.

Customized Care Plans

Our skilled staff provides daily assistance with all personal care needs, including medication administration and incontinence management. We tailor our support services to best fit each individual’s needs.


Chelsea Jewish Lifecare accepts Medicare and Medicaid as well as many third-party private insurance plans. Call our Admissions Department at (617) 884-6766 to discuss your coverage. We can guide you through the process, making it as easy as possible.

The Kaleidoscope Program Only at Katzman Family Center for Living

We are radically redefining and re-envisioning what nursing home life is — and how to live with aging, illness, Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Kaleidoscope Program at is an exceptional arts therapy specialty program only available at Katzman Family Center for Living. It represents a shift from primarily focusing on the personal care of the body to caring for the whole person – mind, heart, body and soul together. A typical day is as follows:

Morning Schedule

Typical morning consists of an arts program such as flower arranging, song-writing, listening to music or a creative group discussion.


Afternoons are filled with competitions involving staff and residents such as the shuffle toss, bowling, basket toss games and fishing tournaments.


Night activities include card games, art projects concerts and birthday/holiday celebrations.


“The therapists here are amazing. When I came to Chelsea Jewish after my stroke, I could barely speak, let alone move my left side. Now I feel stronger and better than before.”


“I never imagined a place like this. I’ve been to other nursing homes but none as friendly and caring as the staff at Waldfogel.”

Daughter of Resident

“The scenic views and beautiful surroundings made an enormous difference in my recovery. It was actually a very peaceful and restorative experience.”


“I began volunteering at Foundation’s Katzman Family Center for Living and quickly realized what a special place this is. Residents are happy and the staff care. I enjoy being here, too.”


“During my mother’s first stay at the Katzman Family Center for Living, she was able to work with the Physical Therapy team and they made excellent progress with her. She was able to go home for several months, which meant the world to her since she lived independently in her own apartment. After some time, she arrived back at Katzman Family Center for Living for palliative care and the level of care and compassion she received was very high. The staff treated her like family and we are so thankful for everything you did for her.”

Child of Resident

“I am grateful for the loving care given to my mom while she was at the Katzman Family Center for Living. There is no doubt in my mind that your facility’s efforts extended her quality of life for nearly 8 years. For that I am very thankful.”

Child of Resident

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