They say the best things in life are free, and in some cases that includes home care services.
Did you know that in Massachusetts the Executive Office of Elder Affairs provides free or subsidized home care services to 45,000 elders each month? These services are provided through twenty seven local Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) serving communities across Massachusetts. Subsidies are determined based on income level but, unlike Medicaid, assets such as savings or property are not a factor in determining eligibility.
The ASAPs provide case management, assess individual needs and eligibility for the program, and contract with other agencies and organizations to provide a wide variety of services for seniors 60 years or older, or individuals under 60 with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and in need of respite services.
The program provides services based on functional impairment levels and critical unmet needs, including help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, continence, transferring, and mobility.
Homemaker, companion, personal care, supportive home care aides, and home health are among the available services. Seniors may be able to get help with laundry, chores, transportation, home delivered meals, grocery shopping/delivery, medical transportation, and medication dispensing. The program also can help fund supportive day care, dementia day care, and day health programs as well as respite care to provide relief for family caregivers. If you or your loved one needs personal emergency response, a wanderer locator, adaptive housing/equipment, vision rehabilitation, habilitation therapy, behavioral health counseling, or even emergency shelter, the ASAP in your area should be your first call.
For 2015, income guidelines require Annual Gross Income less than $26,561 for a single person and $37,581 for a couple, but if your income exceeds 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, go to MassGov
Meetcaregivers is working with the ASAPS to help families connect with these services. Contact Meetcaregivers at info@Meetcaregivers.com or visit our website, www.meetcaregivers.com. You can also reach the ASAP in your area through the Massachusetts Home Care program, just call 1-800-AGEINFO (1-800-243-4636) from your home phone and press one. You will be connected with the ASAP in your zip code area. Or visit www.800ageinfo.com and click on “Find your regional Elder Care Agency.”