As members of the Baby Boomer generation move into their retirement years, it has caused the population of older Americans to increase dramatically in recent years. Moreover, experts expect that growth to continue in the decades to come until we reach a point at which older Americans (65 and older) will outnumber their younger (21 and younger) counterparts by the year 2050. Because of the rapid growth in the elderly population, issues that impact the elderly, and the people who care for them, have become increasingly important. Fortunately, that often means there are more resources available to help the elderly and those who care for them. To take advantage of those resources, however, you must know how and where to find them. To help you locate those resources when you need them, the elder law attorneys at DeBruyckere Law Offices have compiled some commonly used resources.
Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and Home Health Care
There may also come a time when you realize that long-term care is needed. Whether that means daily home health care assistance or a permanent move to an area nursing home, Woburn has several options. Benchmark at Woburn offers assisted living, dementia care, and memory care services while Windrose also bills itself as the “premier residence for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory impairments.” Salter HealthCare offers specialized rehabilitation programs, post-acute short-term care, subacute care, long-term care, skilled nursing, and hospice care, as well as respite services.
Government Offices and Law Enforcement
A great resource for anyone to have at their fingertips is the official website for the City of Woburn. The city’s website is full of helpful links, phone numbers and “How to” information. You will also find city services listings with phone numbers and address on the website along with information on current events in the area. If you need to contact the police department for the City of Woburn you can find contact information on the Police Department section of the city website. The City’s website also has a section on the Woburn Senior Center that may be of interest to you.
Socializing remains important to seniors. In fact, getting out and spending time with friends and neighbors is vital to both the physical and mental health of seniors. For veterans, VFW post 543 would love to hear from you. Seniors also get together at the City of Woburn Senior Center and you will find a list of upcoming senior events on their website as well.
Hospitals and Emergency Care
As a result of the natural aging process, keeping healthy as a senior typically requires frequent visits to a physician for preventative and routine medical care. In addition, the elderly are more prone to injury accidents that require an emergency room visit. In the Woburn area, Winchester Hospital serves the residents with several locations in the area that handle both chronic health problems and emergencies.
State and Federal Assistance
As an older resident of Woburn Massachusetts, there are a wide variety of state and federal assistance programs you may be interested in, starting with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. As a senior, you may also qualify for assistance from the Social Security disability or Social Security retirement program. For information, including application instructions, visit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability website. Information about your Social Security retirement benefits can also be found on the website. If you are a veteran, or the surviving spouse or dependent of a veteran, you may also be entitled to a number of benefits through the Veteran’s Administration. Along with well-known benefits such as pension and disability benefits, you might qualify for additional benefits you may not be familiar with, such as Veteran’s Aid and Attendance benefits. Once you reach retirement age, you will likely be automatically enrolled in the Medicare program. Although basic Medicare is free to all seniors, Medicare actually has four parts and the other three parts may come with a premium. If you have questions about a covered service or need to find a provider, the official Medicare website can help. In addition, if you need long-term care at some point, you may need to qualify for MassHealth for Seniors benefits to help cover the high cost of that care.
If you are a senior resident of Woburn, Massachusetts, or you are the caregiver of one, and you have legal questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the experienced Massachusetts elder law attorneys at DeBruyckere Law Offices by calling (978) 969-0331 to schedule your consultation.