Resources for Elders

Whether you’re a consumer, family member, or professional, finding the right resources can be a challenge.

We present here a brief introduction to the resources that may be available to you in addition to Caregiver Homes.

What types of resources are available to elders in Massachusetts? The first thought for many is medical services and products. While doctors and nurses provide important aspects of care, other, community resources are usually necessary too. For an individual with modest needs, these may include home-delivered meals or 1-2 hours a week of companionship, delivered by family, neighbors, a private charity, or a public program. For others, help with bathing, dressing or other personal care is needed. Resources for the home – like fuel assistance – are also important. These community resources are the primary focus here.

Many community resources for elders are paid for by the state or federal governments. While these websites are not always easy to navigate, they can be a good starting point. If you don’t find them helpful, move on to the next section.

Government Resources in Massachusetts:

 

MassHealth
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth/
MassHealth provides health insurance – or help in paying for private health insurance – to Massachusetts residents in need of assistance.

Department of Mental Health
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dmh/
The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.

Executive Office of Elder Affairs
http://www.mass.gov/elders/
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs provides information about services and opportunities available to seniors and their caregivers in Massachusetts.

Mass Resources for Seniors
http://www.massresources.org/advance-care-planning.html
Mass Resources for Seniors provides Advance Care Planning including Health Care Proxy.

Mass Resources for Seniors: Alzheimer’s
http://www.massresources.org/alzheimers.html

Mass Resources for Seniors Alzheimer's Programs provides a comprehensive list of resources for Alzheimer’s Assistance in Massachusetts.

There are many organizations whose mission includes helping individuals find the right community resources. These include agencies designated by government to provide information and make referrals to specific services, and advocacy organizations that work to improve life for individuals with disabilities and may have experience and knowledge of community resources.


Information and Referral Agencies in Massachusetts:

 

Area Agencies on Aging
http://www.massresources.org/senior-agencies.html
Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) are one-stop entry points for all of the services and benefits available to seniors in Massachusetts.


Advocacy Organizations in Massachusetts:

 

AARP Massachusetts
http://states.aarp.org/category/massachusetts
AARP helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.


At the end of the day, you will want to find specific providers to meet your needs or those of a loved one, patient, or client. Caregiver Homes is one such resource. Statewide, there are too many providers to list here. Many serve a small area (a single city or a county). While many do excellent work, we encourage you to ask for references and let the provider know if you have questions or concerns about the service being provided. While many community resources are paid for by government, you, your loved one, or your patient are the consumer and the services provided should support your independence and dignity.

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