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.

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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.

Exceptional Skilled Nursing Memory Care

Memory support plays an integral role in our skilled nursing residence. Our goal is to provide a safe, structured home-like environment that enables residents to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

We have revamped the highly acclaimed Music & Memory program, which focuses upon personalized music. Familiar songs can activate cognition and facilitate deep emotional recall. This program has had tremendous success in reaching individuals with dementia where other methods have failed. Our staff has been well trained to implement this unique program for those residents who need memory care.

Personalized music playlists, tailored specifically to each resident are compiled and placed on iPods. These musical favorites tap deep into memories not lost to dementia. Even for persons with severe dementia, music can spark memory recall. 

Sensory stimulation is also important for people living with dementia. We have added multisensory activities such as planting vegetables and herbs in the gardens and arranging fresh flowers for our residents. They get to see, smell and touch the produce, which provides a deep sense of calm as well as the opportunity to recall their own home-cooked meals and backyard gardens.

Getting back to nature with easy yet creative activities can foster socialization among residents. Our residents love to watch such wonders as the hatching of butterflies and birds in our courtyard patio. These simple pleasures of life bring our dementia residents so much joy! 

Memory care activities are constantly evolving the Katzman Family Center for Living. We strive to create experiences based upon the resident’s specific abilities and interests. Our highly skilled staff designs activities that are personalized for each and every resident. 

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.


My Mother was here for rehab. I was very happy that she was able to be there because for all the bad things you hear about nursing homes, none of... Read More

Steven B.

My aunt is there now for a few weeks and she has NOTHING but wonderful things to say about the staff, rooms, and food. If she is happy then I... Read More

Denise B.

The staff made this a good experience and care for my Dad for the last 2 years. They care about their work with the patients. They offer opportunities such as... Read More


The Katzman Center for Living is one of the best nursing and rehab centers I’ve been to. I’m a vendor that visits the facility and nearly 30 others on a... Read More

Chuck R.

The staff has been simply amazing to my mother. They are so caring and patient with her. She was agitated and despondent the last few months she lived with us,... Read More

Daughter of Katzman Family Center resident

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