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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-922-2275

Elder Abuse reports can be filed 24 hours a day either online at https://www.mass.gov/reporting-elder-abuse-neglect or by phone at (800) 922-2275. Elder abuse includes: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, caretaker neglect, financial exploitation and self-neglect. Elder Protective Services can only investigate cases of abuse where the person is age 60 and over and lives in the community.

To report abuse of a person with a disability under the age of 60, call the Disabled Persons Protection Commission at (800) 426-9009.

To report abuse of a person by nursing home or hospital, call the Department of Public Health at (800) 462-5540. Call 911 or local police if you have an emergency or life-threatening situation.

Nashoba Nursing & Hospice

http://www.nashoba.org/
Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice (NNS&H) is a Medicare certified agency, which is commonly referred to as a Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), under the auspices of the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health (NABH), a Regional Health Department. NNS&H provides quality home health, hospice and community health to 16 member towns, including surrounding towns upon request that are located in the Middlesex and Worcester County areas.

Nashoba Nursing and Hospice consists of five divisions focusing on different areas of public health:

Hospice

Public Health

Environmental

Home Care

Dental

Montachusetts Home Care

http://montachusetthomecare.org/
Partners In Caring For Over 40 Years, Montachusett Home Care Corporation (MHCC) is a not-for-profit agency established in 1974.  Their mission is to assist elders and disabled persons to remain safely in their own homes through the provision of in-home and community based services designed to prevent unnecessary nursing home placement.

Massachusetts Council on Aging

https://mcoaonline.com/resources/choosing-a-home-care-agency/
How to choose a home care agency.

Caregiver Support

https://www.mass.gov/family-caregiver-support-program?platform=hootsuite
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs website provides information and resources on caregiving.

Medicare Plan Finder

https://www.medicare.gov/medicarecoverageoptions/
At this site you will be able to plug in some information and compare pricing for Medicare and Medicare Advantage.

Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-elder-affairs
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs is the state entity designated to oversee and administer programs and services for the elderly.

Elder Affairs supports older adults and individuals with disabilities to ‘age in community’ so they can live well and be safe. MOEA provide access to quality, person-centered aging and disability services. There are 26 local agencies that have programs that help with:

In Home Care
Protective Services
Family Support
Meals and Nutrition Services
Housing
Service Support Issues

Benefits Check UP

https://www.benefitscheckup.org
BenefitsCheckUp connects seniors to programs that can help them afford food, utilities, medicine and more. Answer a few quick questions to start. BenefitsCheckUp connects struggling seniors to programs that can help them afford food, utilities, medicine and more. Answer a few quick questions to start.

Turning 65: Pathway to Medicare

Use these websites and phone numbers to learn more about Medicare and other sources of health care when you turn 65.

Make an appointment with a local SHINE counselor

The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program provides free health insurance information and counseling to all Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. People who have Medicare or who are about to become eligible for Medicare can meet with a counselor to learn about benefits and options available.

https://www.mass.gov/health-insurance-counseling

For an appointment with a counselor please call the Council on Aging: 978-448-1170

Marketplace/Affordable Care Act
www.healthcare.gov    800-318-2596

Veterans’ Health Benefits
www.vets.gov/health-car/eligibility     877-222-8387

Or call Groton’s Veterans Service Agent: Bob Johnson 978-448-1122

National Council on Aging

https://www.ncoa.org/about-ncoa/
Dedicated to connecting you and your family with the information you need to plan your future—and to agencies and organizations that can help make those plans a reality. Their resources will guide you through decisions on key aspects of your later years and provide a network that can help you navigate your options

PACE

https://www.mass.gov/program-of-all-inclusive-care-for-the-elderly-pace
The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is administered by MassHealth and Medicare to provide a wide range of medical, social, recreational, and wellness services to eligible participants. The goal of PACE is to allow participants who are nursing home eligible to live safely in their homes rather than nursing homes.

Who are my elected officials?

 http://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

Support Services

http://www.800ageinfor.com

This contains state information for the following:

  • MASS Options – Your link to community services
  • Prescription Advantage – the Massachusetts prescription drug assistance program for seniors and                 people with disabilities
  • Find Your Elder Care Provider – Find your provider in your service area
  • Assess my needs – find resources to meet your needs
  • Search for services – find elder services
  • People with disabilities – search for services