Adult Day Health Services
Adult day health care programs assist people who need medical monitoring and supervision during the day. Participants receive lunch and snack as well as assistance with medication and personal care, if necessary. Adult day health centers also provide planned recreational and social activities.
Social Day Care Programs
Social day care programs are similar to adult day health programs but do not offer medical supervision. Participants receive lunch and snack. These programs are based on a social model; offering supervision, as well as recreational and social activities.
Chore services are designed to provide heavy household cleaning and assistance with home maintenance tasks such as moving furniture, washing windows, defrosting refrigerators, clearing and/or removing rubbish and hanging draperies. These services are not routinely paid for by either Medicare or Medicaid.
Companions provide regularly scheduled visits to frail elders providing socialization, medical escort, errands, light meal prep and respite to family caregivers.
Home Health Agencies
Home health agency services include skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and home health aide while under professional supervision. Home health care agencies focus more on the skilled medical aspects of care.
Homemakers are trained personnel, working under agency supervision to provide assistance in home management, including light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping and meal preparation. Personal Care is assistance provided to people who need help with bathing, dressing, eating, grooming or personal hygiene. These services are not routinely paid for by either Medicare or Medicaid.
Assisted Living Providers
Assisted Living facilities are designed for elders who cannot live alone but do not need 24-hour skilled medical care. Residents generally have private apartments with full bathrooms and kitchenettes as well as access to a dining room that serves three meals a day. Residents receive housekeeping, laundry, and personal care services, as well as medication monitoring and 24-hour staffing. Average monthly costs start at $4000. Some facilities offer financial subsidies to elders who qualify.
Nursing Facilities provide skilled nursing and other therapeutic services to individuals whose care needs cannot be met in any other setting. Services provided are 24-hour nursing care; rehabilitative care such as physical, occupational and speech therapy; assistance with personal care such as eating, bathing, dressing and toileting; medication management; respite care and more. Nursing Facilities are licensed by the Department of Public Health and are inspected yearly.
Rest Homes/Residential Care Facilities
Rest homes provide a supervised, supportive, and protected living environment for individuals having difficulty caring for themselves and who do not require nursing care or other medical services on a regular basis. Accommodations in a rest home may include: private or shared bathrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Rest home staff provide residents with personal care, medication management, some housekeeping, and 24-hour staffing. Rest homes are licensed by the Department of Public Health and are inspected yearly.
Personal Emergency Response Systems
Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is an electronic device connected to a client’s telephone line. When the device is activated, a person from the monitoring station answers the call, speaks to the client, assesses the need, and takes appropriate action.
Medical Supply Companies
Medical supply companies provide durable medical equipment specifically designed to help people with physical disabilities manage activities of daily living. Examples of medical equipment include, but are not limited to: wheelchairs, walkers, canes, orthopedic supplies, hospital beds, and bathroom safety equipment. Insurances may provide some coverage toward the cost of durable medical equipment. Contact your insurance provider directly for further information.
Environmental Accessibility Adaptations
Physical adaptations to a residence that are necessary to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the individual (including installation of ramps and grab bars, widening of doorways and modification of bathroom facilities).
Free and Low Cost Food Resources
Good nutrition is important to good health at any age. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods for eligible households.
Provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.
Housing units are funded by state or federal money and are available for persons who meet income and asset qualifications. Applications should be made in advance of need, as there is usually a waiting list.
Find programs that can help provide assistance with the cost of medications.
Health Benefits & Insurance Resources
Find helpful phone numbers to assist in answering questions pertaining to insurance benefits and policies.
Find hairdressers and barbers/ manicurist that provide in-home services.
Providing in-home routine medical nail care and podiatry services.
Find local pharmacies that provide free or low cost delivery services.
Find local markets and grocery stores that provide home delivery.
Elder Law Attorneys
Legal Aid Resources
Provides free legal information and referral services to Massachusetts residents.
2018 MassBar Association Elder Law Guide
This guide was developed to serve as a tool to assist those who have important planning issues and health care questions.
Find out about organizations and programs that provide information, guidance, support, and services for individuals with disabilities.
Assistive Technology and Medical Equipment
Programs and services that provide assistive technology exchange and re-use options for durable medical equipment.
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