65 Briarwood Circle Worcester, MA 01606

Independent Living in Worcester, MA

There are lots of options for retirement community living: there’s assisted living, independent living, nursing homes, and everything in between! So what does “independent living” mean—and what makes it different from these other options?

What Independent Living Means

Independent living simply means living on your own within a retirement community setting. Seniors who live in an independent setting have their own apartment or cottage, but they still benefit from living in the community as a whole.

This is a great option for seniors who find it difficult to keep up with daily chores or maintenance tasks, but don’t need assistance with tasks such as dressing themselves or taking medication. Chores and maintenance are taken care of for you, but you still have your own space.

Why Senior Independent Living?

This is your retirement! It’s time to try new things and enjoy yourself, not spend your time maintaining your home. Sure, you could go out and mow the lawn every week during the summer and shovel the walkway every few days during the winter, but that’s exhausting! Wouldn’t you rather spend your valuable retirement time doing things you enjoy?

At the same time, many seniors hesitate to move into a retirement community. After all, you still want to be able to do the things you want to do, and you don’t need help with the basics!

Senior independent living is the perfect solution. It offers freedom from mundane chores while having the flexibility and independence to do the things you love—or try new things—in a warm, welcoming community of people just like you!

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Briarwood Resident

One of many reasons I find Briarwood so pleasant, having lived in Worcester for most of my life, is meeting people I´ve known through the years. In conversation at dinner with someone I will often find that we have mutual friends or acquaintances.

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Betty
Resident

What do I like about Briarwood? What a simple question! I really, truly like everything. I loved my cottage, but now I’m so happy in my cozy apartment. The meals are great and so graciously served. All the amenities are wonderful too. And best of all are the people, the staff and the residents. I feel so lucky to be here!!!

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Lois
Resident

I have lived here for ten years. I have never regretted my decision to come here. Folks are so friendly and we feel like a family. There is a lot of maintenance needed to stay in one’s own home – and I don’t have to worry about any of it!

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Alice
Resident

I have been at Briarwood for one year. It is the BEST move I could have ever made. The staff and the residents have been warm, friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend Briarwood to others!

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Greta
Resident

I have been very happy here with the wonderful staff, the congenial atmosphere, the good food and great care. If you come to Briarwood you’ll find old friends and make new ones.

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Martha
Resident

My decision to move to Briarwood was perfect for me. I can live independently in my cottage and at the same time enjoy the support of an active and caring community.

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Facility Services

Briarwood offers a wide range of services including property maintenance and security. We have 24-hour on-call maintenance staff to care for every aspect of your home inside and out. They’ll take care of the difficult maintenance work, which means no more shoveling, raking, or mowing! Safety is a top priority for your new home. So rest easy knowing that we provide security services and an emergency response system.

Landscaping & Snow Removal

Security Services

Emergency Response System

Recreation

We know that not everyone wants to be busy, but should you choose to you can take computer classes, art classes, and enjoy the woodworking shop or the hobby room. Wonderful concerts and trips are available, and the monthly social hour is a great time to catch up with neighbors and enjoy some fine entertainment. When you wish to be pampered, Briarwood has a salon. Enjoy a manicure, pedicure or both! We even have a masseuse available to ease any tension you may be experiencing.

Woodworking Shop

Fitness Center

Resident Lounges/Activity Rooms

Food Services

Another freedom is not having to worry about meal preparation. The cottage residents enjoy eight meals per month (or more, if needed). The apartment residents enjoy one meal per day. The menu has great variety and changes weekly. The meals are served restaurant style in a beautiful dining room. Meals span two and a half hours, so you can choose when you eat. If you prefer to cook, almost every cottage and apartment has a fully applianced kitchen with plenty of room to work.

Community Dining Rooms

Private Dining Room

Featured Services & Amenities

Facility Services

Briarwood offers a wide range of services including property maintenance and security. We have 24-hour on-call maintenance staff to care for every aspect of your home inside and out. They’ll take care of the difficult maintenance work, which means no more shoveling, raking, or mowing! Safety is a top priority for your new home. So rest easy knowing that we provide security services and an emergency response system.

Landscaping & Snow Removal

Security Services

Emergency Response System

Recreation

We know that not everyone wants to be busy, but should you choose to you can take computer classes, art classes, and enjoy the woodworking shop or the hobby room. Wonderful concerts and trips are available, and the monthly social hour is a great time to catch up with neighbors and enjoy some fine entertainment. When you wish to be pampered, Briarwood has a salon. Enjoy a manicure, pedicure or both! We even have a masseuse available to ease any tension you may be experiencing.

Woodworking Shop

Fitness Center

Resident Lounges/Activity Rooms

Food Services

Another freedom is not having to worry about meal preparation. The cottage residents enjoy eight meals per month (or more, if needed). The apartment residents enjoy one meal per day. The menu has great variety and changes weekly. The meals are served restaurant style in a beautiful dining room. Meals span two and a half hours, so you can choose when you eat. If you prefer to cook, almost every cottage and apartment has a fully applianced kitchen with plenty of room to work.

Community Dining Rooms

Private Dining Room

Independent Living Options at Briarwood

Briarwood’s spacious cottages all have two bedrooms, a sun-room or sun porch, and a garage. Some even have an additional den. Cottages range from 994 sq. ft to 1306 sq. ft. Apartments have one or two bedrooms, ranging from 630sq. ft. to 1098 sq. ft. Both cottage and apartment residents enjoy beautiful views of our lovely wooded campus.

Independent Cottages

Amenities:

  • Eight meals per month in the Dining Room
  • Annual heavy house cleaning
  • Scheduled transportation in local area
  • Grounds and building maintenance
  • Real estate taxes

Floor Plans

994 sq ft floor plan
1094 sq ft
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Independent Apartments

Amenities:

  • One meal per day in the Dining Room
  • Utilities except telephone and cable TV
  • Annual heavy house cleaning
  • Scheduled transportation in local area
  • Grounds and building maintenance
  • Real estate taxes

Floor Plans

690 sq ft
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1098 sq ft

Your Apartment or Cottage may feature…

Wall-to-wall carpet   |   Individual thermostat   |   Kitchen with range, garbage disposal, refrigerator, washer, dryer

Bathroom safety features   |   Garages with cottages   |   Reserved parking with apartments   |   One or two bedrooms and / or den

Your Apartment or Cottage may feature…

  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Individual thermostat
  • Kitchen with range, garbage disposal, refrigerator, washer, dryer
  • Bathroom safety features
  • Garages with cottages
  • Reserved parking with apartments
  • One or two bedrooms and / or den

Take the next step!

Tour our facilities! Come discover all this and more by taking a tour and seeing all that Briarwood has to offer. Getting started is easy. Schedule a tour of our facilities.

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