Outreach Services
Reaching out to the elderly residents of Belchertown is a large part of the mission of the Council On Aging.  Outreach workers are specially trained professionals who assist clients in maintaining their independence for as long as possible. Through meetings with elders in their home environment, needs can be assessed and addressed together. At times family members may be a part of this process. Along with assisting elders to assess and verbalize their needs, Outreach Workers are knowledgeable on where and how to connect elders with resources.  The Outreach services are currently partially funded by a Federal Title III B grant through WestMass ElderCare our local Aging Service Access Point, and by funding from the Older Americans Act through the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs and the Administration for Community Living.

Social Services
The Belchertown Council On Aging offers our seniors a wide variety of services including help with medicare and insurance related issues, prescription drug plans, in-home services, various assistance programs, housing alternatives and safety issues.

Please call 323-0420 ext 505 or 509 with your specific needs or if you know of someone else in need.

FYI - Outreach Workers: 

  • Meet with seniors in their home or at the Senior Center to listen and discuss their needs  

  • Explain service options available specific to each senior 

  • Case Management for elders in need of multiple services 

  • Review Health Care options with seniors providing them with information to make their own decision 

  • Assist seniors in applying for:

Fuel Assistance
Insurance plans
Prescription Drug Programs          
Social Security Assistance Plans
Mass Health
Food Stamps
Food programs 

They also identify other resources and services as appropriate, including:

Insurance Information
Shine Counseling
Referrals for service
Caregiver Assistance
Health Education
Help with Food and Nutrition Needs
Info on Alternative Housing Options and Assisted Living
Friendly Visitor Program
Meals on Wheels
Medical Equipment Loan
Advocacy and more.

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