The Maynard Council on Aging provides information and referral for supportive services including home care, health insurance counseling, fuel assistance, food resources, housing, legal issues, public assistance programs and transportation. The Council on Aging accepts and lends durable medical equipment. The Council on Aging collaborates with other Town of Maynard departments as well as community organizations in addressing seniors’ needs and concerns.
Home Safety Visits
The Fire Department is offering free home safety visits now to evaluate your protective devices & possible hazards in the home.
E-mail Captain Michael Parr at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit or call 978-897-1014. Virtual visits available.
- Smoke Alarms
- CO Alarms
- Home Escape Plans
- Cooking Safety
- Electrical hazards
- Trip Hazards
- Medication Storage
- Fire Extinguishers
- Child Fire Safety
- Your Questions
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Senior Citizen Parking Sticker
The Town of Maynard has a Senior Parking Sticker program that allows residents who are 62 years old or older to park at any metered space free of charge for up to 2 hours.
Residents interested in the program should bring their license and registration to the Maynard Police Station (197 Main St.) to be issued a sticker
Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program
The Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department (Police and Fire Dispatch) has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Maynard. Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the public safety department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program”.
This program allows the public safety communications department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning current medications and potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file.
Visit the Maynard Police Department website to learn more about (and sign up for) this program.
Tips for Calling 9-1-1
Most of us probably assume we know how to make a 911 call. In a high-stress situation, calling 911 should be the least stressful part of dealing with an emergency. But the act of effectively reporting a crisis is not as simple as just dialing 9-1-1.
Read our 9 tips that may help prevent the anxiety and confusion of dialing 9-1-1.
BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC.
Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply.
BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.
After answering the questions, you will get a report created just for you that describes the programs you may get help from. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form.
Here are the types of expenses you may get help with:
- Health care
- In-home services
- Employment Training
Senior Legal Helpline – 866-778-0939
DO YOU NEED HELP APPLYING FOR LEGAL SERVICES?
The Helpline provides assistance to Massachusetts senior citizens (60 years or older) applying for free legal help. Call to complete an intake if you need legal help in one of the following areas:
- Social Security/SSI
- Veterans Benefits
- Mass Health and Medicare
- Consumer issues
- Public Benefits
- Foreclosures and Bankruptcy
- Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Executing advance directives & simple wills
- Family law
- Nursing Homes
Our staff will screen you, the elder caller, for eligibility. If you are not eligible for free direct representation, we may be able to give you advice or reduced fee referrals. If you get our voicemail, please leave your name, telephone number and the town where you reside for a call back. We provide interpretation services in many languages.
The Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging, the Legal Advocacy & Resource Center and Community Legal Aid with funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Elder Abuse Hotline – 800-922-2275
The Elder Abuse Hotline is managed by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and is staffed with live operators 7 days a week 24 hours a day.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse includes: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, caretaker neglect, financial exploitation and self-neglect.
Who is Protected?
Those 60 years and older living in the community are protected by this law.
How do I report Elder Abuse?
To report suspected elder abuse, call the statewide 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-2275. All calls (day or night, 7 days a week) will go directly to the Massachustts-based call center, regardless of the location of the reporter or the elder within Massachusetts.
While the initial intake is centralized, all reports will be referred to local Protective Services Agencies for screening and if indicated investigation and service planning.
Who Must Report Elder Abuse?
Mandated reporters of elder abuse include: Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical interns, coroners, dentists, podiatrists, osteopaths, social workers, occupational, physical therapists, psychologists, family counselors, police, probation officers, EMTs, firefighters, director of a home health aide agency, director of a homemaker agency, director of an assisted living residence, case managers, health aides, homemakers, director of a Council on Aging, Council on Aging outreach workers.
Mandated reporters who fail to report elder abuse may be subject to a fine.
THE ELDER’S RIGHTS AND WISHES
ARE ALWAYS RESPECTED.
What Happens After a Report is Made?
Once a report is received, the intake will be reviewed by the local protective services agency. If a report is screened in for investigation, a Protective Services caseworker will be assigned to investigate the situation. The caseworker determines whether abuse is likely to be present and the nature and extent of the abuse. If abuse is confirmed, the caseworker will offer the elder a choice of services designed to alleviate or end the abuse.
What are Protective Services?
Protective Services are services designed to eliminate or alleviate abuse of an elder. Caseworkers work with family and community agencies to connect elders to medical, mental health, legal and social services.
Protective Services casework may include services such as:
- Assistance with locating resources for things such as counseling, housing and legal services,
- Safety planning,
- Family intervention,
- Homemaker/health aide services,
- Money Management Program and Financial counseling
- Legal assistance, and
Mass 211 – Need Help & Don’t Know Where To Turn?
Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don’t always know where to turn for help. The Solution is to Dial 2-1-1.
Mass 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Mass 211 is an easy way to find or give help in your community.
Mass 211 responds immediately during times of crisis, to field calls regarding the crisis and to direct callers to services most appropriate for their needs. If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available 1-877-211-MASS (6277); Hearing impaired callers can reach us using 508-370-4890 TTY
Tax Scam Awareness
In recent years, thousands of people have lost money and had their personal information compromised due to tax scams and fake IRS communications.
The IRS will NEVER:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
- Demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media to request personal or financial information.
- The IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.
Please share this information with others and check out Consumer Alerts at the IRS Website.
Courtesy of the Commonwealth’s Comptroller