Worcester has many resources for seniors who need public benefits, housing, health care, long-term care, or other types of assistance. Senior agencies offers support services to help seniors remain independent in their homes, and protective services to help seniors who are being abused by their caregivers.
Resources for Seniors
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Senior agencies provide free information about a wide range of benefit programs and services for seniors, and will help you get the assistance you need. Calling one of these agencies is a good way to start if you want to find out what types of senior services are available in your community.
Worcester has many benefit programs to help senior residents. Some of these programs are specifically for seniors. Other programs are not specifically for seniors, but offer help to all residents who meet the eligibility requirements. These programs may have special rules or benefits for seniors.
You can use our web site search tool to find information about programs and services for senior residents of Worcester.
The Social Security Retirement Program is a federal insurance program that provides retirement cash benefits for eligible workers and their families based on retirement age and the worker's lifetime Social Security earnings. It is not a need-based program.
Find answers to "How do I ...?" questions of interest to seniors. Questions include "How do I get a health care proxy • make a living will • share my medical information (HIPAA) • get a power of attorney • qualify for senior discounts • get free banking • get a Mass ID card • get free tuition at public colleges • find out about nursing homes • decide which housing option is best • watch TV without cable • and others.
Seniors who need support services but wish to live at home can get help from home care programs. Some programs also offer respite services to caregivers.
Seniors being abused by their caregivers or living alone in neglect can get protective services. Services may include counseling, legal services, home health care, transportation, housing, and safety planning. Anyone can report elder abuse. Protective services are free.
Links to other web sites with related information about resources for seniors, on MassResources.org.