Do I Need This Handbook?
Asking the Right Questions
Anticipating Care Needs
Assessing Care Needs and Finding Services
Using This Handbook
Using the Web
Where Should I Start? How Elder Care Services Are Organized in MA
1. Executive Office of Elder Affairs (Elder Affairs)
2. Aging Service Access Points (ASAP)
3. Councils on Aging ("COA")
4. Area Agencies on Aging ("AAAs")
Other Kinds of Organizations Providing Elder Care Services
Professional Financial Planning
Figuring Out the Present Financial Picture
Financial Planning for Anticipated Elder Care
Are You Eligible for Benefits Covering Elder Care Services?
When You Are Not Eligible for Subsidized Services
Resources for Pension Issues
List of Important Documents
Legal Planning for Lifetime Care
Durable Power of Attorney
Health Care Proxy
What Is It?
How Can I Get One?
Do Not Resuscitate DNR/DNI
Estate Planning - Wills and Trusts
Legal Planning Resources
Finding Subsidized Legal Services for Elders and Caregivers
Private Attorneys Specializing in Elder Law
Nationally Available Legal Resources
Resources in Massachusetts
Resources for Evaluating Quality of Care in MA Nursing Homes
Elder Abuse Protective Services
Remaining at Home
What Are Home Care Services?
Professional Geriatric Care Management
Evaluating Home Care Needs
What Are Activities of Daily Living?
Health and Nutrition
Finding and Paying for Home Care Services
Private Home Care Services
How to Pay for Home Care
Can Families Get Paid to Provide Home Care?
How Do I Evaluate Home Care Services?
Important Questions to Ask Home Care Agencies
Checklist for Determining Ability to Carry Out Activities of Daily Living
Where to Start
A Primary Care Doctor Who Understands the Needs of Older Patients
Specialized Geriatric Services
General Information and Resources for Health Care Insurance
Health Care Insurance Coverage: Medicare, Medigap, and MassHealth
Basic Medicare Coverage
Supplements to Medicare: Medigap Insurance and Medicare HMOs
Supplements to Medicare: Options Available through MassHealth
Supplements to Medicare: Military Service Benefits
Perscription Drug Benefits
Long Term Care Insurance
Questions About Palliative Care and Hospice
How Do I Know When Palliative Care is Needed?
How Do I Know When to Seek Hospice Care?
Where Are Hospice Services Provided?
Who Provides Hospice and Palliative Care Services
How Do We Pay for Hospice Care?
Massachusetts End of Life Care Resources
End of Life Care Organizations and Websites
National Organizations with End of Life Care Resources
Caregivers Also Need Care
Finding Resources and Learning New Skills
Support Groups and Self Care
Flexible Work Arrangements and Leave Options
Finding Resources and Programs for Caregivers in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program
What Do They Provide?
Who Is Eligible?
How Is the Program Organized?
Caregiver Support Programs through Ethnic and Faith-based Organizations
Caregiver Support Programs through Organizations Linked to Specific Diseases
National Organizations with Caregiver Resources
AMA Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire
Remaining in Your Home
Step One: Home Modification and Repair
Step Two: Assistive Technolgoy
Step Three: Financing Home Modifications and Safety Equipment
Step Four: Energy Assistance
Remaining in Your Home and in Your Community
What Is a NORC?
Elder Housing Options
Specialized Care Facility
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)
Nursing Homes or Long-Term Care Facilities
Resources for Senior Housing in Massachusetts
National Organizations with Senior Housing Options
Assessing Transportation Needs and Resources
To Drive, or Not to Drive?
Finding Transportation Services
Types of Service
Transportation Services Provided by Massachusetts Transit Authorities
Fixed Route Services
Shuttles and Other Community Transportation Resources
Colleges, Universities and Libraries
Travel and Other Learning Communities
Cultural Institutions and Resources
Listing of Lifelong Learning Resources in Massachusetts
Eastern and Southeastern Massachusetts
Massachusetts and Community-based Resources
Other Local Resources
Legislative and Advocacy Organizations in Massachusetts
On Beacon Hill
National Legislative and Advocacy Organizations
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