Options Counseling

Options Counseling assists individuals in need of long term care support to make an informed choice about the services and settings that best meet their long term support needs, encouraging the widest possible use of community-based options to allow people to live as independently as possible in the setting of their choice. Individuals and caregivers receive unbiased information about a range of long term care support options, such as personal care services, transportation, and medication management and are informed of the resources to help pay for services. The program also provides decision-support to identify next steps in the process and help in connecting with services if needed. Options Counseling is a free service and made available statewide through community-based agencies.

The services:

  • Are for adults with a disability and seniors, age 60+
  • Are available by telephone, in-person or email
  • Can be provided at home, at an agency, in a hospital, rehabilitation or nursing facility
  • Are free
  • Provide unbiased information and decision-support about long term care services
  • Can be provided in one sitting or over a series of meetings
  • Ensure that the individual retains control over the process
  • Help determine next steps to take

The Options Counseling  is administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and is a service of the Aging and Disability Resources Consortia (ADRC).

To connect with an Options Counselor contact one of the agencies listed below and ask to speak with an Options Counselor.

 ADRC  of Berkshire

  • AdLib: 413-442-7047
  • Elder Services of Berkshire County: 413-499-0524

  ADRC of Cape Cod and the Islands

  • Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD): 508-775-8300
  • Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands: 508-394-4630

  ADRC of Central Massachusetts

  • Center for Living & Working: 508-798-0350
  • Elder Services of Worcester Area: 508-756-1545
  • Montachusett Home Care Corporation: 978-537-7411
  • Tri-Valley, Inc: 508-949-6640

 ADRC  of the Greater North Shore

  • Greater Lynn Senior Services: 781-599-0110
  • Independent Living Center North Shore & Cape Ann: 978-741-0077
  • North Shore Elder Services: 978-750-4540
  • SeniorCare, Inc: 978-281-1750

   ADRC of the Merrimack Valley

  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley: 978-683-7747
  • Northeast Independent Living Program: 978-687-4288

  ADRC of Pioneer Valley

  • Franklin County Home Care Corporation: 413-773-5555
  • Greater Springfield Senior Services: 413-781-8800
  • Highland Valley Elder Services: 413-586-2000
  • STAVROS: 800-804-1899
  • WestMass ElderCare: 413-538-9020

 ADRC of Southeastern Massachusetts

  • Bristol Elder Services: 508-675-2101
  • Coastline Elderly Services: 508-999-6400
  • Old Colony Elder Services: 508-584-1561
  • Southeast Center for Independent Living: 508-679-9210

Metro Boston ADRC

  • Boston Center for Independent Living: 617-338-6665
  • Minuteman Senior Services: 781-272-7177
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services: 781-324-7705
  • Somerville/Cambridge Elder Services: 617-628-2601
  • Springwell, Inc: 617-926-4100

Metrowest ADRC

  • BathPath Elder Services: 508-573-7200
  • HESSCO Elder Services: 781-784-4944
  • MetroWest Center for Independent Living: 508-875-7853

Southern MA ADRC

  • Bristol Elder Services: 508-675-2101
  • Independence Associates: 508-583-2166
  • Old Colony Elder Services: 508-584-1561
  • South Shore Elder Services: 781-848-3910

Suffolk County ADRC

  • Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL): 617-338-6665
  • Boston Senior Home Care: 617-451-6400
  • Central Boston Elder Services: 617-277-7416
  • Chelsea/Revere/Winthrop Elder Services: 617-884-2500
  • Ethos: 617-522-6700

Special thanks to Rachel Weiner, Director of  Options Counseling program, at Executive Office of Elder Affairs for providing information about the Options Counseling program.

 

                                                                                                      Fact Sheet last updated on: 8/11/2016