What Programs Are Available To Assist Elderly Adults in Massachusetts?

Which state department assist seniors in Massachusetts? The Massachusetts Home & Community Based Waiver - Frail Elder Waiver - assists senior citizens in Massachusetts.

What is the best number to call to get started with waiver services in Massachusetts? To learn more about services in Massachusetts, call
1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636)

Is there a website?

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

Who qualifies for the Massachusetts Frail Elder Home and Community-Based Services Waiver? You may be eligible for the Frail Elder Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (HCBS) if you meet all other HCBS Waiver eligibility requirements and you:

  • are age 60 or older
  • if under 65, are totally and permanently disabled
  • are certified by the state as medically eligible for nursing home care
  • would be institutionalized in a nursing facility if you did not receive waiver services

How old do you have to be to start receiving services in Massachusetts? You have to be age 60 or older to get services under the Massachusetts Frail Elder Home and Community-Based Services Waiver.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer to elderly persons in Massachusetts ? Massachusetts offers the following services: personal care services; housekeeping, chore services, and laundry; home health aide, home care aide, and/or skilled nursing care; companion services; supportive day program; home delivered meals and grocery shopping; transportation; wander response system; respite care; accessibility adaptations (such as ramps, grab bars, bathroom modifications) and transitional assistance (for people moving from an institution to a community residence)

How Do You Become A Provider?

Is There A Fee? There is not a fee to become a waiver provider in Massachusetts, but you need a license to do most services. You need a license to provide: Residential/Home Supports and Day/Employment Supports. You do not need a license to provide: transportation, family support services, or clinical teams. Most license expire after two years, and the provider needs to be reviewed to continue providing services.

Additional Information

The Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (HCBS) is a program for low-income Massachusetts residents who qualify for nursing facility or other institutional care but want to live at home. The Waiver allows the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to use Medicaid funds (which otherwise would have been used for an individual’s nursing home care) for that individual’s care at home.