A variety of in-home services such as homemaking, personal care assistance, adult
day programs, meals on wheels, etc, are used to help people remain safely at home.
Income level determines whether the services are free, partially subsidized, or available
at full cost.
Designed to assist caregivers throughout North Central Massachusetts. This program
provides support that will make a difference in successful care at home. A Caregiver
Specialist is available to provide assistance to caregivers including scholarships
for respite, a support group, and printed resources.
Adult Family Care
Matches elders and disabled adults 16 years of age and older with host families
who provide a family-like environment, daily meals, and assistance with or supervision
of daily personal care. Family members (except spouses) can be paid caregivers.
Group Adult Foster Care
Provides daily personal care to individuals in need who reside in a housing complex.
Other home care services are provided as determined necessary to reside safely in
the community. The program is funded through the Division of Medical Assistance
A shared living, but home-like environment that offers privacy yet promotes opportunities
for socialization. Residents encouraged to live as independently as possible and yet,
secure in knowing that they are not alone should they need assistance from others.
Community alternative that provides daily care with 24-hour supervision. MHCC is
the first Aging Services Access Point Agency in the state, to offer the Supportive
Housing Program to our elders and disabled adults in the North Worcester County. We
currently offer this program at two sites: Gardner and Fitchburg. The Supportive Housing
Program provides a compassionate and economical solution for those persons who can
no longer manage alone but who wish to remain in a home setting.
Personal Care Attendant
Provides training and funding to employ and manage personal care services. Service
received through the PCA program, are Consumer directed and intended to allow for
maximum independence in the home.
Long Term Care Options Counseling
Provides information to individuals, not currently home care clients, with information
and assistance regarding community options.
Care Transitions Coaching
Coach individuals 60+ who are hospitalized and meet with them within 24 hrs post
discharge with the goal of reducing readmissions.
For people 60 and over, living in the community, who find themselves at risk and
in danger through the actions of their caregivers and/or family members. Abuse includes
physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation
and self neglect.
Information & Referral
The contact point for information about or access to elder services and information.
The staff maintains a database of information about community resources and can offer
a wide array of information and resources to serve the aging and care giving population
Volunteers provide companion services to relieve loneliness, shopping assistance,
escort on appointments, respite for caregivers, S.H.I.N.E (Serving Health Information
Needs of Elders) counseling and telephone reassurance.
Designed to help protect elders who may be at risk of losing their independence
due to their inability to pay basic rent, food and utility bills. Trained, insured
volunteers assist with establishing a budget, organizing mail, writing checks, and
balancing the checkbook.
Long Term Care Ombudsman
Investigates and resolves the complaints of a citizen. As applied to nursing and
rest homes, the Ombudsman Program visits residents in these facilities to investigate
and resolve complaints by residents of their personal care, their belongings, food
matters, roommate problems or other issues which impact a resident’s life in
Resident Service Coordination
Available on-site at both public and private housing developments to address the
needs of the resident population. Resident Service Coordinators are the frontline
responders to requests for assistance and link to the appropriate resources.
Mass Assistive Technology and Home Modification Loan Applications
Designed to help Massachusetts residents with disabilities to secure technological
assistance to enhance their independence and improve the quality to their lives. This
program makes loans accessible to low-income borrowers and others who would not otherwise
qualify for consumer loans.
Our trained staff provides care transitions support to persons with chronic conditions
during the 30 day period following discharge from a hospital. The purpose of this
service is to prevent unnecessary hospital re-admissions by facilitating appropriate
follow-up with the person’s primary care physician and other medical providers
and by helping individuals better manage their chronic conditions.
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