Whether you are a senior yourself, or the caregiver of one, living in the Woburn, Massachusetts area, you will undoubtedly find the need for a number of elder resources from time to time. Because we understand how difficult it can be to locate some of these resources, the attorneys and staff at DeBruyckere Law Offices have put some resources together for you that you may find helpful. If you have specific questions involving any legal issues that impact seniors, please feel free to contact our office to make an appointment with one of our elder law attorneys.
Government Offices and Law Enforcement
One of the most helpful resources you will find is the City of Woburn’s official website. On the website, you will find city services listings with phone numbers and address. You can also navigate the “How do I menu” to find answers to common questions relating to city services. If you need to pay for any city services, you can also do so on the “Bill Pay” section of the website. Are you tired of driving over a pothole on your street? Do you want to complain about the trash service? You can do that as well through the website using the city’s “SeeClickFix” option. Law enforcement for residents of the City of Woburn is handled by the City of Woburn Police Department as well as the by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department.
Hospitals and Clinics
Although Americans are living longer, on average, then we were just a few decades ago, a way to prevent the natural aging process has yet to be found. Therefore, the older we get the more often we typically need medical care and services. If you are a resident of Woburn, Massachusetts, and you need hospital care, you will likely turn to Winchester Hospital, located just a short distance away in Winchester. You may also be interested in learning more about the Program of All Inclusive Care (PACE) program offered to seniors and administered by MassHealth and Medicare. The program offers a wide range of medical, social, recreational, and wellness services to eligible participants. The goal of PACE is to allow participants to live safely in their homes instead of in nursing homes. At some point in time, you may also need to qualify for Medicaid to help the high cost of long-term care. If you are looking for nursing home care in the Woburn area, you might try Daniel’s House Nursing Home, Courtyard Nursing Care Center, or Belmont Manor Nursing and Rehabilitative Center. The Minutemen Senior Services is another excellent resource for seniors who wish to remain in their home, yet need assistance with daily activities of living or other issues.
For seniors living in, and around, Woburn, there are a number of leisure activities and clubs that may be of interest. The Woburn Council on Aging has a Senior Center that provides a number of valuable services, including outreach, advocacy, transportation, and recreational opportunities. For veterans living in Woburn, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is often a popular place to gather and socialize. The City of Woburn also has a Veterans Services office that makes it a priority to “aid and assist all veterans, their widows or spouses, and/or their dependent children, in the City of Woburn through the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, with short or long term medical assistance, financial aid, assistance with state applications for veterans’ benefits, and administration of veteran’s benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.”
Federal Benefits and Programs
As a senior, you may also find that you qualify for assistance from the Social Security disability or retirement program. For information, of Social Security disability benefits, visit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) 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. 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. Before you sign up for any Medicare options, make sure you understand the benefits offered with each part, and the premium you will be charged. Finally, you may find additional resources aimed specifically at helping the elderly on the federal government’s Eldercare Directory.
If you have are a senior living in Woburn, or are the caretaker 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 free consultation.