The Cambridge Homes Independent and Assisted Living: A Distinguished 130-Year History

A trusted senior community for 130 years, the not-for-profit Cambridge Homes features 44 independent and assisted living apartments and offers residents a wide variety of cultural, educational, wellness and social programs. The Cambridge Homes is located in an historic Georgian-style building on Mount Auburn Street just a mile from Harvard Square and adjacent to Mount Auburn Hospital. This gracious community is a good choice for individuals who wish to enjoy the many benefits of city living but who also desire security, personalized services and companionship. The residents of The Cambridge Homes enjoy its relaxed ambiance, stimulating programs and top quality services. They lead independent lives yet enjoy the advantages of living in a caring community where everyone’s voice is heard. 

The Cambridge Homes has a rich tradition of service to local seniors. The not-for-profit organization was established in 1887 by a group of Cambridge citizens (including Alice Longfellow, the poet’s daughter) to create a residence for elderly men and women. The first "Home" was quickly outgrown and in 1898 our current building was built. It was opened the following year in a ceremony presided over by Charles William Eliot, president of Harvard University. As time passed an infirmary was added, and in 1997 we reopened as an assisted living residence following a complete renovation which modernized our building while preserving its historic charm and original architectural details.

The Cambridge Homes is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Charitable contributions from individuals, families, corporations and foundations assist with The Home's mission to assist residents in need... LEARN MORE>>

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The Cambridge Homes Named "Excellent" 6 Years in a Row!

Our independent and assisted living community has been recognized with the Excellence in Action Award for the 6th consecutive year! We had qualifying scores in both the resident and employee satisfaction categories, one of only two Assisted Living communities to do so. Read more in the Cambridge Chronicle »

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Upcoming Events

Free Hearing Screening at The Cambridge Homes

Saturday, September 8th | 10:00 am
Join us as local hearing specialist Nicole Kalukiewicz, H.I.S. will be discussing the latest and most innovative advances in the hearing industry and will answer any questions you may have about hearing loss and tinnitus. She’ll also be offering FREE hearing evaluations on-site!

Refreshments will be served. Please sign up by calling (617) 876-0369.

Welcome Reception with the Longy School of Music

Thursday, October 4th | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Join us as we introduce The Cambridge Homes’ new partnership with the Longy School of Music of Bard College! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Longy School, which prepares musicians to make a difference in the world by providing unique learning and service opportunities. As part of Longy’s new course, Music as a Healing Art, their students will perform once a quarter for residents at The Cambridge Homes.

Wine and appetizers will be served. For more details or to RSVP, call 617.876.0369 or email

"Telling Our Stories" The Importance of Life Review

October 18th | 10:30 am 
Join us for a special program with Care Dimensions. 

"The Cambridge Homes is best experienced in person. We invite you to join us for lunch or dinner, take a tour our community and grounds, and meet our associates and residents. If your time is limited, just let us know and we will accommodate your schedule."

- Helene Quinn, Executive Director

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