What’s in a Tradition?

Traditions of Dedham is a community for those who appreciate the past and look forward to the future.

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Welcome to the Traditions of Dedham. Ours is a stunning senior living community with classic New England finishes. Nestled on beautiful grounds with easy access to downtown Dedham and Route 128, Traditions offers the best of all worlds: a breathtaking natural setting, easy access to the many amenities, the eagerness of our professional staff, and a broad spectrum of services to best suit your lifestyle!

Here, traditions are not only rooted in our historic building, but fostered by our devoted caregivers and associates committed to creating an environment that is familiar but full of new excitement and experiences. This is a community that is as unique and full of character as you are.

Our beautiful Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care community provides modern conveniences designed to promote wellness, happiness and togetherness.

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Service Sets Us Apart

Our community may be beautiful and well-maintained, but what truly sets us apart is a dedication to hospitality and service. Traditions is your home, and you deserve to feel comfortable and attended to in a courteous, professional manner. To that end, we hire and train hospitality specialists who not only provide a great lifestyle, expert care and family atmosphere, but do so with an unfailing attention to service.

Costs

When deciding on a senior living option, there are many things that contribute to the value you receive for your monthly rent. While there are tangible benefits such as a private apartment, three chef-prepared meals per day, transportation, daily engagement activities, 24-hour staffing & security and more, there are many less tangible but highly valuable aspects as well.

Chef

Everyday Gourmet

“One cannot think well,
love well, sleep well,

if one has not dined well.” 

– Virginia Woolf

The famed author’s words capture our culinary philosophy perfectly. Our chef-driven restaurant combines gourmet dining principles with variety, wellness and a true restaurant experience to put meal time in its rightful place: at the center of a perfect day!

Community Engagement

Our residents have enjoyed rich life experiences, and our community’s Engagement Program is as unique as the individuals who live here. Your days will be full of opportunities for continuing education, culture, physical wellness and fun.

You can view our monthly Engagement Calendar below.

See what our residents & families are saying!

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S.G. Traditions of Dedham
We chose Traditions of Dedham for a 3 week respite stay for my mom. It was fabulous; although about half of the time she was there, they unfortunately had a Covid outbreak. They seemed to handle it all efficiently. They had all the residents tested, and quarantined those we needed to be isolated. It was an unfortunates experience, but thankfully my mom didn't get Covid. It changed the activities and the dining experience - it wasn't what it could have been during that time. Once things cleared up, she was then able to experience the activities and socialization aspect of being there. Overall they handled it very well and I would recommend Traditions to others for either respite or long term . I think they were very good.
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Kate Traditions of Dedham
Our mother has lived at Traditions for the past 4 years. Initially in assisted living and now Memory care. The staff is amazing. They are all so kind and caring. They know our mother well and have also been a support to us in navigating her care. Attention to detail is where they excell. Mom always looks so nice. Her outfits are clean and even coordinated. They let us know if anything comes up or Mom needs anything at all. We truly can’t say enough good things about Traditions of Dedham.
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4
Traditions of Dedham
My friend is quite contrary, she tends to irritate the aids which makes it difficult for her because she is very dependent on the assistance from them. She has not quite gotten the feel for it all since she has private aids and expects them all to act that way. Some are wonderful but I think some could be more sympathetic. The activities are wonderful, I have seen many of them going on. I have been to several of the religious services, painting classes, concerts, etc. The room sizes at Traditions are the largest out of all of the other facilities that we toured. The staff are very good with their response time and come when she calls them. Overall I am very happy with the facility, but my friend is hit or miss depending on the day.
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Carolyn Traditions of Dedham
Traditions of Dedham has a smaller more homey atmosphere and it has an older transitional look with a modern attitude. The room sizes are fabulous and very spacious. Overall the staff and the care she is getting and the diligence and response time has been awesome. I have nothing but good things to say about our experience and would definitely recommend them to others.
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Traditions of Dedham
The general areas are cleaner than my loved one's room, but it's not that clean overall. I'm not very happy with the care that she's getting. I don't know if it's the times due to Covid. Also, it has been an adjustment for my mother, and she complains a lot. She says she can't understand them. They all speak Haitian, and then she herself speaks broken English. She can't hear well, and she feels like they yell at her a lot. They've all been very nice to me. She loves the kitchen staff and says they're wonderful to her. The recreational staff is absolutely wonderful, [name removed] in particular. He has been exceptionally nice to her. Some of the aides she really loves. Some respect her wishes not to come in too early, and others just do as they please. I think the care staff are very overworked, and some try to accommodate her, while others try to accommodate themselves. Also, when we first interviewed Traditions, they told me that she was first on the in-house list for financial assistance. And now I feel like I was deceived. Since we've been there, they now say there are two people ahead of us, and I'm not sure why.
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Janice Traditions of Dedham
I visited this facility We visited Traditions of Dedham and we liked it. The caregivers were very personable. The people that live there seemed very happy. There were a lot of activities. The food looked really good, and they seemed to be happy with that. It was clean. They have like art classes, they have a small library, and they have like physical activity type classes, and I saw one of those. They have like little happy hours, and they have trips that they take them on with a van. They have bingo, game night, and movie nights. Every day, they have something. They have a schedule and a calendar with at least one thing every day. They gave us some cookies that the chef had made and those were pretty good.
A Place for Mom
4
Traditions of Dedham
We toured this community and the tour was good. The staff was very friendly and they answered all our questions. The pricing was higher than other communities in the area.
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Elizabeth Traditions of Dedham
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Traditions. My mom has been there a few years now and it’s the same wonderful staff. We recently moved my mom to another part of Traditions and Tish, Ashley and Bill helped with everything. Ashley was able to set up a FaceTime with my mom which meant the world to me to see mom happy with other residents making strawberry shortcake. They go above and beyond and really keep their residents busy and happy. Thank you so very much for all you do. (Here’s a pre-Covid pick of my mom when we visited)
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John Traditions of Dedham
I must say, that during the transition for my mother from home to Traditions of Dedham, the experience relieved much of the anxiety and concern about the significant life style change, because Transitions made the move a seamless one. Their concern, compassion and attention to detail was outstanding. It has been two months now and my mom could not be happier with her situation. Thank you Traditions of Dedham.
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James Traditions of Dedham
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Ellen Traditions of Dedham
Traditions of Dedham has handled Covid 19 excellently. By doing so they have kept my Mother who is 96, and in one of the age groups most often suffering fatalities, safe. I just got to visit her outdoors this week. The visitation setup was very nicely done to protect everyone.
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Linda Traditions of Dedham
My dance ensemble performed an hour dance concert for the community at Traditions of Dedham. The staff was very friendly and helpful setting up the space so that we could perform. Residence were well informed of the show and were assisted in finding seats. The residents themselves also enjoyed and appreciated the performance and we had a nice talk back at the end of the show with residents. It would be amazing if this great community could receive funding to create a larger theatrical performance space.
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Christine Lamb Traditions of Dedham
I offered Residents a few art classes at Traditions. It was Fun! We set up all the supplies beforehand and I found that there was a range of art-experienced people gathering there. It didn't matter if they had painted before, as we all now laughed and painted together. This time we made a pine tree landscape...I loved the memories painting evokes. One gentlemen told me he often paints using the strokes as a way to outline and model copying faces in old photos he has in his room. We talked further about ways he could do that. These Residents are very alert and want me to come back to see their work!
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John Traditions of Dedham
My Mom has been at Traditions of Dedham for the past three years and I can say that her quality and outlook of life has improved dramatically. Prior to her stay, her outlook on life was very dim. She was alone most of the day and had difficulty preparing adequate meals for herself due to age and physical restrictions. She was very depressed and would refuse to get involved in senior activities because she had to rely on family members for transportation and did not want to be a bother. She had lived in the house that our father built and we all grew up in for the past 63 years. Being a widow for 15 years seemed to start a downward spiral to her depression and outlook on life. She was always sad and constantly was living in the past wishing that she could have Dad back and would dwell on past family good times. Conversations with her would always revert back to Dad and other deceased family members. Through a friend, we learned of Traditions of Dedham and set up an appointment to bring her there for a tour thinking that she would see what assisted living was all about but she would never leave the family homestead for a new life even though it would improve her quality of life. We were given the tour and treated like VIP’s by the administration and staff. After sitting in the dining room, we asked her if she would like to try an assisted living way of life. We were shocked when she said she would. As a result of her becoming a resident at Traditions Of Dedham, she has become a new person. Her outlook on life has improved dramatically. She has become a much happier person. She has social interaction with other residents and staff. The staff is wonderful with having activities everyday to keep her entertained and gives her a purpose in her life. She especially enjoys Wi bowling and games that the staff comes up with. There is entertainment on a regular basis that comes from talented residents and also outside entertainment. When we take her from Transitions for family events, we’ve noticed that she is anxious to return to Transitions to socialize or dine with her friends. We never thought that that would ever happen. The dining room serves delicious and nutritious meals and does a great job on special occasions and holidays. The wait staff is very personable and learns the likes and dislikes of the residents to better serve them. She has her regular group of friends that she sits with in the dining room everyday. The administration of Traditions takes a personal interest in each and every resident and takes the initiative to get to know the family members on a first name basis. It really makes you feel that you are a part of the Traditions family. Recently Mom was hospitalized, and the Administration and Nursing staff met with hospital staff to plan and make her return to Transitions as seamless as possible. I can’t say enough good things about Traditions of Dedham. Everyone is so nice and it has given my Mom a far better quality of life. She’s happy, not lonely and looks forward to life instead of looking backwards and wishing she could change things past.
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Jean Traditions of Dedham
Traditions of Dedham is not just an assisted living facility... it is a HOME . My mom has felt at home there from the day she arrived. The decision to move to Traditions of Dedham was made in November, 2016. Though we did not visit other facilities , this warm, and nurturing atmosphere was felt as we walked through the door. Having grownup in Dedham, we knew Traditions of Dedham came highly recommended. Since my mom is legally blind, she is not able to do many things by herself. It didn’t take long for the staff and caregivers to embrace my mom and give her the assistance, when needed, to feel safe and comfortable while being able to maintain her independence with dignity. She loves each and every caregiver that comes into her apartment. And many feel as close as family to her. My mom is truly living life to the fullest now! She has made many new friends, participates in a multitude of activities, and enjoys deliciously prepared meals. Traditions of Dedham continues to strive for excellence with giving their residents a voice in how their community is run. Thank you to all at Traditions of Dedham. It pleases me to know that you all continue to do such a great job in making my mom feel so special. It is with no hesitation that I highly recommend Traditions of Dedham.
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Ken Traditions of Dedham
"Traditions" has been a wonderful fit for my father Russ (pictured with his son and grandson), who has been a resident for 2.5 years. It was difficult leaving his home of 35 years, but he wanted to stay geographically close to the town (Westwood) where he coached baseball and taught physical education. To be able to attend retired teacher luncheons and bump into former students has been important aid to his move to assisted living. Perhaps the greatest benefit for "Coach" has been the new friendships, daily activities, and the structure of this community. Having a daily routine has always been important to him, and with the onset of cognitive/memory issues, this structure has been even more important to making this place feel like home. Thank you Traditions!
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Patricia Traditions of Dedham
I looked at many facilities before deciding on Traditions and I am so glad I did. My mom started in the assisted living area where she made friends, was fully engaged and very happy. With the help of the very caring staff, she was moved to the memory care unit, when living independently was no longer an option. She is well cared for and treated with compassion and respect. My mom is kept engaged and active and is given many various opportunities to spend her days. The facility is very homey, bright, well maintained and clean. We are very grateful knowing our mom is safe and well cared for.
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Lori Traditions of Dedham
My father has been a resident of Traditions of Dedham for the past five years. The transition to assisted living can be a difficult path, for both the resident and the entire family, especially when the move is sudden and unexpected. Fortunately for us, a caregiver recommended we do a short respite stay at Traditions to see how my father would do there. It has been an excellent match. If you are exploring this option for your loved ones, schedule a visit. You'll witness firsthand the kind, warm, professional yet engaged atmosphere that will help your loved one thrive...and give your family peace of mind.
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Regina Traditions of Dedham
It's a huge relief to know that my dad is being so well taken care of. This is a loving and caring community, while maintaining a high level of professionalism. The staff is considerate, accommodating and responsive. The facilities are impeccable and the grounds are beautiful. The food is excellent and the menu is diverse. The activities are numerous and fun and engaging. And most importantly, the residents are treated with respect and honor. Great job everyone! You guys are wicked awesome 😀
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Hilary Traditions of Dedham
Traditions of Dedham has been a wonderful home and environment for my mother on every level. She's been here over six years and the entire staff has accommodated any possible need. The front desk, marketing director, executive director, business office, nurses and aids, maintenance, activities director and dining room director have all exceeded our expectations! This truly is an assisted living that looks out for every single resident...checking in on my Mom and always aiming to please! The entertainment exceeds all expectations. The annual Christmas play is exceptional...our entire family loves to see Gary Poholek performing "A Christmas Carol" every year...it truly is such a special treat...and brings a big smile to all. The annual Luau is also a spectacular event...with a fine array of food and wonderful music; it's festive and fun for the residents and their entire families! My mom truly feels like she has a second family...we're all so thankful to each and every staff member that is a part of our mom's life...she's in the best of hands...we couldn't ask for a more kind or thoughtful family!
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Kathy Traditions of Dedham
Traditions of Dedham is an amazing place. My father-in- law has been living there for over five years and our family can not be happier with his care. Traditions has an amazing staff that cares above and beyond about the residents. The activities staff and the daily events both on and off site have the residents engaged in so many activities there is never a chance to be bored. The facility is spotless and his apartment is cleaned weekly. He also enjoys all the dining options. Traditions is a very special place.
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Brian Traditions of Dedham
Where do I begin? The biggest struggle of my life was figuring out how/where to care for the person who gave me all of my values. I was lucky...my mom had this great friend/advocate through the years - Deb Greenwood...and I grew up with Deb's husband and his amazing family. I knew that she would not be affiliated with any fly-by-night organization. I transitioned my mom to Traditions almost 2 years ago and I can say that she has been loved and cared about every second of every day. Alzheimer's/Dementia is not easy to accept or handle...the kindest caregivers are those that I have come to know & adore over this time. Ashleigh, Laura, Mae, and EVERY aide (I apologize if I have missed any names) have given my mom the highest quality of life. There are always challenges at any memory care facility. Traditions has exceeded any expectations that I had and I would want nothing than the current care for my mom. We had a recent challenge yet the people at Traditions have done everything possible to allow my mom to go "HOME" and for that I am eternally grateful.
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Patricia Traditions of Dedham
My mother (Josephine Ruscito) has never been happier. Raves about how wonderful the staff are to her!
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Mary Traditions of Dedham
I visited this facility Traditions of Dedham seemed small, but pleasant. They have a television showing demonstrations of how to do exercises in a room that was used for a number of things. There were limited activities. The facilities were limited as well.
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Lu Traditions of Dedham
I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident My mother was at the Traditions of Dedham. Overall, it was OK. The room was OK. However, the place where she was before was nicer. You have to provide everything here whereas at the last place they provided some of the stuff. Here, you have to bring everything. They also don't have cable and you couldn't access WiFi. Those were really the negatives. They have activities, but my mother doesn't participate a lot because she has a lot of friends and families visiting her everyday, so she really doesn't get to do much of that. Also, she wasn't allowed to leave her room without somebody pushing her in the wheelchair. She said the food was fine. They have a small outside courtyard. They took care of her, but I didn't think they offered very much. She was taken care of, which was the most important thing, and she said the staff was great.
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Eric Traditions of Dedham
I moved my dad into Traditions of Dedham over six months ago. He was very reluctant to move anywhere, and it took a significant amount of coaxing. I rarely post reviews but feel strongly enough to post and hopefully help others in making this important decision. I toured eight assisted living complexes in the MetroWest Boston area in 2017. There were pros and cons with all and I did my best balancing location, price, services, activities and cleanliness into my decision. This is not an easy task since all facilities will do their best presenting to you a wonderful image during your tour along with expressing the high level of care they provide to their senior population. Traditions of Dedham has exceeded my highest expectations in every area. Initially, I was concerned that my dad would be sitting in his room for most of the day watching television. The reality is that he rarely sits alone in his lovely apartment and is continually on the move participating in almost all the activities. It reminds me of overnight summer camp as a kid. He doesn’t like, but loves, the food and is eating a very well balanced and nutritionally sound diet. He can order anything on the menu and often chooses one of the two specials at each meal. The dining room is staffed by an accommodating staff and there are often office personnel who help during meals. Everyone working at Traditions knows every guest’s name and meal preferences. Whether it’s tea, coffee, fruit cups or juice, it is always at their seat before anyone sits down. I live 15 minutes away in Wellesley and am a regular visitor. Whenever I am there I witness a staff of employees cleaning everything including hand rails, switches, chairs and walls. The level of maintenance and cleaning is and was a factor in my evaluation of the facility. My dad’s room is cleaned weekly along with his sheets being laundered. There are several laundry rooms with updated machines at no cost to the community. The management staff at Traditions of Dedham are all engaged in every aspect of running the facility. I was initially surprised by the accessibility of everyone in the community with the office. Everyone’s door is always open in the main office. My dad has made many friends and absolutely loves his new home and community. I strongly recommend that if you are looking for fabulous home for your parent(s), you consider Traditions of Dedham. They have exceeded expectations!
A Place for Mom
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Eric Traditions of Dedham
I moved my dad into Traditions of Dedham over six months ago. He was very reluctant to move anywhere, and it took a significant amount of coaxing. I rarely post reviews but feel strongly enough to post and hopefully help others in making this important decision. I toured eight assisted living complexes in the MetroWest Boston area in 2017. There were pros and cons with all and I did my best balancing location, price, services, activities and cleanliness into my decision. This is not an easy task since all facilities will do their best presenting to you a wonderful image during your tour along with expressing the high level of care they provide to their senior population. Traditions of Dedham has exceeded my highest expectations in every area. Initially, I was concerned that my dad would be sitting in his room for most of the day watching television. The reality is that he rarely sits alone in his lovely apartment and is continually on the move participating in almost all the activities. It reminds me of overnight summer camp as a kid. He doesn’t like, but loves, the food and is eating a very well balanced and nutritionally sound diet. He can order anything on the menu and often chooses one of the two specials at each meal. The dining room is staffed by an accommodating staff and there are often office personnel who help during meals. Everyone working at Traditions knows every guest’s name and meal preferences. Whether it’s tea, coffee, fruit cups or juice, it is always at their seat before anyone sits down. I live 15 minutes away in Wellesley and am a regular visitor. Whenever I am there I witness a staff of employees cleaning everything including hand rails, switches, chairs and walls. The level of maintenance and cleaning is and was a factor in my evaluation of the facility. My dad’s room is cleaned weekly along with his sheets being laundered. There are several laundry rooms with updated machines at no cost to the community. The management staff at Traditions of Dedham are all engaged in every aspect of running the facility. I was initially surprised by the accessibility of everyone in the community with the office. Everyone’s door is always open in the main office. My dad has made many friends and absolutely loves his new home and community. I strongly recommend that if you are looking for a fabulous home for your parent(s), you consider Traditions of Dedham. They have exceeded all expectations!
Senior Advisor
5
Traditions of Dedham
Traditions of Dedham was a very nice and clean community that we toured. It is a lovely place. The marketing director was very friendly and knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We chose another smaller community and the price was more in line with our budget.
Senior Advisor
5
Traditions of Dedham
I was extremely impressed with Traditions. The grounds are nicely manicured, the rooms bright and cheery, very friendly staff and should you desire, plenty of activities to keep you busy the entire day.
A Place for Mom
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Traditions of Dedham
I really liked Traditions of Dedham when I toured. They did a very good job with the tour and the facility was beautiful. My father only qualifies with their memory care, though, so we chose another community.
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Services

  • Complimentary transportation & parking
  • Visiting healthcare professionals
  • Exercise space and classes
  • Housekeeping services
  • Laundry and linen services
  • Maintenance and handyman

Amenities

Library

Living Rooms

Entertainment Spaces

Salon

Private Dining

Your Home on a Grand Scale

At Traditions of Dedham, your home is much more than your apartment. In our active, well-established community, you’ll be surrounded by warm, comfortable spaces to make life interesting and comfortable. Living rooms, private dining, landscaped grounds, a salon and patio — all of these amenities are part of your grand, new home.

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Traditions of Dedham

735 Washington Street
Dedham, MA 02026

(781) 251-9330

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