Options Counseling

A free service offered by:

THE AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CONSORTIUM OF THE GREATER NORTH SHORE

Know Your Options

Whether you’re at home or in a hospital or a nursing facility, making decisions about your future can feel overwhelming. Our trained counselors can help you identify and sort through your options, so you can make the best possible choices.

If you need to make decisions about your future, you probably have a lot of questions…

 

  • Can I live in the community, safely and independently?
  • If so, can I leave the nursing home and return to a community setting?
  • What services, assistive devices, and/or home modifications are available to support me so that I can remain living at home?
  • Does my current insurance cover any of these?
  • If not, what funding, loans, or donations may be available?
  • Can I privately pay for services, assistive devices, or home modifications?
  • Can I go to a rehabilitation facility or temporarily to a nursing home and then return to my own home?
 Do I need to schedule an
appointment?
 Does this service cost me anything?
Our knowledgeable, trained counselors can help you find answers by providing unbiased information, support, and follow-up with you and your family and caregivers about available options for long-term care, housing, services, and more.  Yes. Simply call any of the agencies listed below and ask for Options Counseling. A counselor will speak with you at that time or call you back within 24 hours and set up a time to meet either in person—at your home, the hospital, or nursing facility—or by telephone or e-mail, if you prefer. Family members or caregivers are welcome to call for you or join you during these meetings.  No. This is a free service provided to anyone, regardless of income level.



Two Senior Women having Tea in the KitchenRobin, a 55-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis, had been living in a nursing home for more than 5 years. She did not have much family nearby and had given up hope of ever moving back to a community setting. Through a friend, she heard about Options Counseling and called.

Working together, Robin and her Options Counselor realized Robin’s dream of returning to independent living. After reviewing her insurance and history, the Counselor discovered that Robin was eligible for supportive housing and services. She moved into a congregate house not far from where she grew up. Robin hired a personal care attendant to assist her with her needs, and can tap into other helpful services 24 hours a day. Today, Robin is thriving, physically and socially—and she feels happy and independent again.

“My counselor gave me hope for the first time in years…”

Our knowledgeable, trained counselors can help you find answers by providing unbiased information, support, and follow-up with you and your family and caregivers about available options for long-term care, housing, services, and more. 

Options Counseling Resources
THE AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CONSORTIUM OF THE GREATER NORTH SHORE

 

To access services, call any ADRCGNS member below.

Elder Service Plan of the North Shore
781-715-6608
www.pacenorthshore.org

Greater Lynn Senior Services
781-599-0110
Toll Free: 1-888-499-5324
TDD: 781-477-9632
www.glss.net

Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc.
978-741-0077
Toll Free: 1-888-751-0077
TTY: 978-745-1735
www.ilcnsca.org

North Shore Elder Services
978-750-4540
TTY: 978-624-2244
www.nselder.org

SeniorCare, Inc.
978-281-1750
TTY: 978-282-1836
www.seniorcareinc.org
 

Options Counseling is the law—and your right!—in Massachusetts. It is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission from your tax dollars. There is no fee to you for this service.