Local Resources in Metro West, greater Worcester and the Blackstone Valley

Here are programs offering services and support to caregiving families.

Nurse Care Managers

These professionals understand the process of aging. Plus they know the many physical, emotional and financial pressures that families come under when caring for an older relative. It’s difficult to be objective when a loved one is having problems. Adult siblings frequently disagree about the severity of the issues. And they often have different ideas about the best way to handle the situation. A nurse care manager provides perspective. He or she can do an assessment and give you and your family a sense of any threats to independence. The nurse care manager can then recommend home modifications. Or, he or she can direct you to community services, or alternate living arrangements. The goal is to suggest workable options that will support your relative’s current and future needs. Because this type of help is non-medical, it is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The Aging Space, Inc.
Info@theagingspacema.com(888) 607-6027 serving MetroWest in central MA.
Offering “consultation services that help older adults and others with chronic needs, their families and trusted advisors to consider their situation by taking into account their specific needs and desires and developing a plan”.TheAgingSpaceBrochure.
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Elder Law Attorneys

“Elder law” is a special branch of the law that has to do with issues of special concern for older adults. People consult an elder law attorney when they are setting up a living trust. Or when they are creating a will. Elder law attorneys can also help in situations where families are worried that an older relative may no longer be safe living alone at home. Or if they have concerns about a loved one’s ability to handle finances wisely. Elder law attorneys can also advise you about financial options, tax matters and Medicare coverage for long-term care. You might also want to look at the directory of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Allen J. Margulis, JD, MST
allen@totalcounselor.com
A business and personal attorney in Natick. His “philosophy is to provide “total counsel” through understanding, integrity and expertise”.

 

Amy Antonellis
amy@antonellislawoffice.com
An elder law attorney in Medway. “As a personal family attorney, I consider myself not a producer of documents, but a true advisor for you during your life journey”.

 

Carolyn R Spring
Carolyn@cspringlaw.com
An elder law attorney in Westborough. She believes that “it’s never to early, it’s only too late” when considering your estate planning needs.

 

Ralph E Tepper
ralph.tepper@verizon.net
An elder law attorney in Mendon. His practice “focuses on the increasingly important and complex area of Elder Law and concentrates on the many issues affecting older individuals and their families.”

 

Paula A. Nedder
paula@heaneyandsmall.com
Paula is an elder law, estate planning, and probate attorney in Milford and Walpole. Drawing from her own experience caring for her mother, Attorney Nedder “is dedicated to the role as legal counselor with a strong sense of responsibility, a firm commitment to safeguarding the rights of her clients, and the determination to provide solutions that achieve clients’ goals.”

 

Francis X. Small
fran@heaneyandsmall.com
A senior member of Heaney and Small, LLC, his practice areas include: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Administration, as well as Real Estate Conveyances.

 

Tracey A. L. Engle, Esq.
tracey@inglelaw.com
Tracey is an estate planning and elder law attorney. “Our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate our clients to control their future, maintain flexibility, and experience the resulting peace of mind and sigh of relief.”

 

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Financial Planners

Especially as retirement looms and income earning years draw to a close, it’s important to have a nest egg. Financial planners can help you manage your loved ones assets. They can also help you determine your own retirement needs and set savings goals while investing your money in a manner that matches your personal style. (Some people are said to have a high risk-tolerance. This means they tend to be more willing to take chances with their money on the possibility that they can earn more interest. Others have low risk-tolerance, meaning they would prefer security and a more predictable rate of growth.) Whatever your investment style, a financial planner can work within your comfort level to help you achieve your monetary goals.

Bryan Rourke, CFBS, LUTCF
brourke@msn.com
A financial planner in Southborough, MA. “Bryan can help you find the appropriate amount of coverage along with the best type of policy to accomplish your needs, wants and goals. Bryan has been in the business for 44 years and brings a large amount of expertise and experience to the table”.

 

John Hollosy, CEP
JHollosy@InvestorsCapital.com
Autumn Days Strategies in Franklin
“Financial programs for all of life’s seasons”

 

Robin Weinberger, CLU, ChFC, CLTC
Robin@lisettlements.com
Life Insurance Settlements in Boston. Robin is “committed to negotiating the highest senior life settlement offer on behalf of you and your client”.

 

Tobe Lynn Gerard, CLTC, MBA, MLS, LIA
www.TobeGerardInsurance.com
Tobe has been a national educator on the topic of long term care insurance, and an active champion for smart insurance reform on both the state and national level.

 

J. Kelly Thomas, CPA/PFS, CFP®
KTHOMAS@JKTFINANCIAL.COM
Kelly founded Thomas Financial Associates in 1999 and presently serves as the firm’s Senior Wealth Advisor. He is responsible for all facets of the firm’s wealth management process. Kelly has over 20 years of experience in helping high net worth individuals and families grow, protect, transfer and enjoy wealth.

 

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In-Home Care (non-medical)

In-home care is for individuals who need assistance with personal tasks. These are non-medical in nature, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, or going to the bathroom. Kind and knowledgeable caregivers can provide much needed assistance and companionship so your loved one can stay comfortably and safely at home. Because this type of help is non-medical, it is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

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Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)

Assisted living residences are a special combination of housing and personalized support services designed to meet the needs, both scheduled and unscheduled, of those who require help with activities of daily living (ADL). This includes tasks related to bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and other similar personal care needs. Assisted living is a residential option that promotes self-direction and participation in decisions regarding care and services. As a model of supportive housing, assisted living emphasizes independence, individuality, privacy, dignity, and choice. Assisted Living is paid for through some long-term care insurance policies, or private-pay.

Atria Draper Place
Located in historic Hopedale with easy access from routes 140 and 16.

 

Compass (Memory Care) at Hopkinton
Easy access off route 495 and minutes from historic Hopkinton.

 

Cornerstone at Milford
Located at the intersection of Rte. 109 (Medway Road) and Birch Street, just one block from Rte. 495 and only minutes from downtown Milford.

 

Forge Hill Senior Living Community
Located in Franklin with convenient access from routes 140 and 495.

 

The Estate at Franklin
Just 22 miles southwest of Boston, it is conveniently located near I-495, offering easy access to Boston, Worcester, and Providence, Rhode Island.
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National and local listing of consumer resources

ALCA Resources
Provided by the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) to assist in locating organizations, community based and government services.

 

CareGivingMetroWest
A website devoted to caregivers of elders in 25 MetroWest towns providing information and connection to resources and community support.
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Hospice and Palliative Care

If the person you care for has a serious, life-threatening illness, he or she might start to think more about the quality of his or her days, rather than the quantity. This is especially true if treatments are difficult and offer only a slim chance of recovery.

For those with incurable conditions, whose focus is to remain comfortable and pain free, hospice is a wonderful option. It is available at no cost to persons on Medicare. A nurse makes regular home visits. A home health aide comes several times a week to help with bathing. And the services of a chaplain and social worker are available for spiritual, emotional and social support. A volunteer can even come for a few hours a week to give the family caregiver some time off.

People often think that hospice is only for the last few days of a person’s life. Not true! It is available for weeks and months. Most families say they wish they had signed on to hospice sooner. Palliative care is similar to hospice, but is available even while a person continues to seek curative treatment. Ask you doctor if hospice or palliative care services are appropriate support for your family member.

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Medical Equipment and Supplies

Sometimes you need a large supply of gauze pads. Sometimes you need a recurring delivery of incontinence supplies or a large piece of equipment, but only for a short time. It’s too expensive to purchase outright. Renting would make much more sense than buying. This is when a Medical Supply or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider comes in handy. They have specialized materials and assistive tools that are often just the trick to make life with a chronic condition that much easier. And in some cases, particularly with large equipment, they may be able to bill Medicare and any supplemental insurance for you.

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Home Health Care (medical)

Home health care is a program that allows patients who cannot leave home easily to receive periodic visits from a nurse or other medical specialist. Often this is when someone is recovering from a surgery. But it can also involve management of an illness that needs periodic medical attention. The care might include a nurse overseeing the healing of a wound. Or it could be a physical therapist coming out to help with exercises after a hip replacement. This type of care is called “Home Health Care” because it is medical in nature. It differs from in-home care, which involves non-medical help. Because home health involves medical specialists, it may be paid for, in part or in whole, by Medicare.
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