How To Get Free Home Care in Massachusetts
They say the best things in life are free, and that includes home care services. Here’s where you can find free home care in Massachusetts for yourself or a loved one.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs provides free or subsidized home care services to 45,000 elders each month through twenty-seven local Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) serving communities across the state.
Subsidies are determined based on income level. However, unlike Medicaid, assets such as savings or property are not a factor in determining eligibility. For example, in 2015, the income threshold was $26,561 or under for a single person and $37,581 for a couple.
However, even if your earnings exceed these levels, it’s worth calling to see what income should be counted.
MassHealth members are financially eligible. The income limits rise every year by the Social Security cost of living allowance. For details on income levels and co-payment amounts, visit MassGov.
The ASAPs provide case management and assess individual needs and program eligibility. Additionally, these organizations contract with other agencies to offer numerous services for seniors 60 years or older, individuals under 60 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and caregivers requiring respite services.
What Types Of Care Are Available?
The ASAP program provides services based on functional impairment levels and critical unmet needs, including:
- Personal care aid
- Supportive home care aides
- Home health aid
These providers help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as:
- Home-delivered meals
- Grocery shopping and delivery
- Medical transportation
- Medication dispersal
- Meal preparation
Your local ASAP can also provide:
- A personal emergency response
- Wanderer locator
- Adaptive housing or equipment
- Vision rehabilitation
- Habilitation therapy
- Behavioral health counseling
- Emergency shelter
Find Free Home Care In Massachusetts With Meetcaregivers
Meetcaregivers is working with the ASAPS to help families connect with these services.
Contact Meetcaregivers at info@Meetcaregivers.com or call 1-888-541-1136.
Contact the ASAP in your area through the Massachusetts Home Care program by calling 1-800-243-4636, then press “1”. You will connect with the ASAP in your zip code area. Alternatively, visit MassOptions and click on “Find your regional Elder Care Agency.”
Check out the Blog for additional resources for caregivers and seniors.