65 Briarwood Circle Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 852-2670

Independent Living

Freedom is the word that comes to mind when considering living at Briarwood.

Independent living for seniors in Massachusetts at Briarwood allows residents freedom from daily chores. One such freedom is the relief that maintenance-free living offers. You close the door to your cottage or apartment and don’t have to worry about a thing. We have 24-hour on-call maintenance staff to care for every aspect of your home inside and out. We worry about your furnace and roof, as well as, the shoveling, raking and mowing. This will free you up to enjoy many of the fine programs, trips, concerts and classes that are available here.


We know that not everyone wants to be busy, but should you choose to you can take computer classes, art classes, enjoy the wood working shop, the hobby room. That doesn’t even begin to mention the wonderful concerts and trips that are available. The monthly social hour is a great place to catch up with neighbors and to enjoy some fine entertainment.

Another freedom is not having to worry about meal preparation. The cottage residents enjoy eight meals per month or more if wanted. The apartment residents enjoy one meal per day. The menu has great variety and changes weekly. The meals are served restaurant style in a beautifully appointed dining room over a two and one-half hour span. You can choose when you eat. Should you enjoy cooking almost every cottage and apartment has a fully applianced kitchen with plenty of room to work.

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

When you wish to be pampered, Briarwood has a Salon. Enjoy a manicure, pedicure or both! A masseuse is available to ease any tensions you may be experiencing.

Independent Living Services & Facility Amenities

Our Briarwood Independent Living options offer more than just a comfortable place to live. They offer you the opportunity to live your life to its fullest because of all the services and amenities that come with your apartment or cottage.

Independent Cottage


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


  • 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

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
  • A choice of sizes and floor plans

Come discover all this and more by taking a tour and seeing all that Briarwood has to offer. Getting started is easy, click here to schedule a tour of our facilities.

Amenities for All Residents

Community Benefits

  • A COMMUNITY that embraces you with warmth & friends
  • Cultural / Learning/Fitness & Recreational activities
  • Special interest classes and events
  • Landscaping / Snow Removal
  • Emergency response system
  • Security services

Common areas for your enjoyment are…

  • Community Dining / Living Rooms
  • Resident Lounges / Activity Rooms
  • Wood Working Shop
  • Library
  • Beauty / Barber Shop
  • Private Dining Room
  • Full Fitness Center

Take the Next Steps Toward Peace of Mind Today!

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