Outreach

                                                                        Social Services

The Belchertown Council On Aging offers older community members 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 for assistance, or if you know of someone else who could use some help.  Social Services Coordinator Laurene can be reached at extension 505 or Social Services Assistant Coordinator Heather can be reached at extension 509.  Both are SHINE Certified and will be happy to assist.
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Services offered are listed below.  If you don't see something listed that you need help with, please just call!

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

  • Explaining service options available specific to each senior 

  • Case Management for those in need of multiple services 

  • Reviewing Health Care options and providing information to make their own decision 

  • Assisting with applications including:
    Fuel Assistance
    Insurance plans
    Prescription Drug Programs
    Social Security Assistance Plans
    Medicare
    Mass Health
    Food Stamps
    Food programs
    Housing


Resources and services can be identified and recommended 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
Counseling
Advocacy


Outreach Services
Reaching out to the older adults 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.


                                     Senior Outreach Program for Belchertown Seniors
The Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation(QVCDC) in Ware is now offering its Senior Outreach Program to seniors living in Belchertown!  So that seniors can remain safely at home, The Senior Outreach Program has a team of chore providers available to do errands such as Grocery Shopping and Prescription Pick-Up.  These services are provided at no cost to residents of Belchertown over the age of 60 who meet certain income eligibility requirements.

Chore providers have all passed a background check and are available on weekdays on a first-come, first-served basis.  At least one day's notice is required.  There is no personal care aspect to this program and chore providers are not allowed to enter seniors' homes.  Chore providers will wear masks and gloves during their interactions with seniors.

Please call Mary at the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation at 413-497-4407 for more information and to see if you qualify.

This project was funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development, Massachusetts CDBG Program.  Projects are developed and administered by the local officials with the assistance of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC).

The QVCDC is an equal opportunity lender, employer, and provider.  In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, family/parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity (including expression), sexual orientation, marital status, income derived from public assistance programs, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity funded by USDA.