Senior Resources

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(These services do require an appointment. Please call the Center at 508-359-3665)

Health Insurance Counseling - S.H.I.N.E. Appointments are available on the first and third Thursday of the month by calling the Center.

Selectman Office Hours - Osler Peterson holds monthly open office hours at the Center. Join him for conversation on the first Friday of the month at 9:00 am. 

Social Security/Financial Consultation- Call the Center to schedule an individual and confidential appointment with Jon Bicknell, CFP. 

RMV Near Me – The COA is offering RMV online services. The COA has information on requirements for the Real I.D. which can be picked up at the Center or mailed out, if requested.

Veteran Service — Office Hours - Veteran’s Service Officer, Mark Bryson is available to assist you by calling 1-508-906-3025


Fuel Assistance — If you need assistance or have questions regarding Fuel Assistance, please call the Center at 508-359-3665. 


Legal Clinic - Attorney Julie Ladimer, will be available for legal consultations the second Tuesday of each month starting at 2:30 p.m. 


Caregiver Support Group— Do you need assistance navigating the care giving journey? Call the Center for an appointment.


Public Health Nurse – Brenda Healy R.N. is available for consultation each Wednesday. Brenda will check blood pressures, answer health questions you might have and provide guidance and information as needed. 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Adult Respite Care Program 

Are you a caregiver looking for a few minutes to yourself? Our Virtual Club Program is on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Your loved one can join Kathy and Tricia for conversation, music, gardening talk, dog therapy and a variety of virtual activities. Call Kathy Powers at 508-359-3665 for more information.

The Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline (800)-342-5297. 

Are you 60+ and in need of legal help?  The Helpline is a project of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Boston.  They provide free legal information and referral services to MA residents who are 60 years old or older. The Helpline advocates can help you find out if you are eligible for free service. 

They can also research your legal issue and provide you with information or referrals on most legal topics.  The Helpline is open Monday through Friday 9AM-12PM. If you are not eligible for a free attorney, and have some ability to pay an attorney, the Helpline can refer you to reduced fee attorney referral programs where the attorneys will charge you on a sliding scale based on your income. 

They can also refer you to private bar attorney referral programs who will charge for their full services for cases such as Medical Malpractice, Workmen’s Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security benefits denial. The attorney fees are taken from your award only if you win your case. The Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline is there for you by calling (800) 342-5297.

Metrowest Legal Services 

Metrowest Legal Services provides certain free services including advocacy to elders and lower income non-elders. Elder Law issues include housing, durable power of attorney, guardianship, conservator-ship benefits, nursing home issues, domestic relations, bankruptcies and more. Call 800-696-1501 and leave a message. If you have an urgent situation, leave a message and the need for an urgent response in your voicemail message. 

Assessor’s Office - Local Property Tax Deferrals/Exemptions for Seniors

Senior, Blind and/or Veteran property owners may qualify for local property tax deferrals and/or exemptions (July 1— April 1). Qualifications are determined through MA General Law. Contact Yvonne Remillard, Town Assessor at 508-906-3016 for more information and how to file. 

Money Management Program 

Offered through BayPath, this free program assists low-income people 60 and over as well as persons with disabilities who have difficulty paying bills on time or managing money and who have no family or friends to help them. Certain income and asset guidelines may apply. Volunteers are background-checked, trained and supervised by BayPath staff. If you think you would benefit from this program, or have questions regarding the program, call BayPath at 508-573-7241

Circuit Breaker Information

The Senior Circuit Breaker is a tax credit that is triggered when property tax payments exceed 10% of a senior citizen’s annual income. If you are a homeowner, your Massachusetts property tax payments, together with half of your water and sewer expense, must exceed 10% of your total Massachusetts income for the tax year. Seniors who rent their homes can also qualify for this dollar-for-dollar tax credit if 25% of their annual rent exceeds 10% of their annual income. The eligibility for this credit:

  • MA resident, age 65 by the end of the tax year you are filing. 
  • Must own or rent property in MA as your primary residence 
  • For 2021 must have an annual income of: 
    • $62,000 or less (single filer) 
    • $78,000 or less (Head of Household filer) 
    • $93,000 or less (joint filers) T

To apply, you must file a 2021 MA state income tax return by April 19, 2022. You may be eligible for a refundable credit for 2018, 2019 and 2020 even if you did not file state forms. The 2021 credit is capped at $1,170.00. 

Those who are not eligible are married persons who do not file jointly, any one listed as a dependent for another tax filer, residents who receive federal or state rent subsidy, residents who live in tax-exempt facilities and for tax year 2021, if the assessed value of the principal residence exceeds $884,000. If you're eligible, complete Schedule CB with your MA state income tax return. More information can be found online at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-senior-circuit-breaker-tax-credit 

Home Loan Modification Program 

This program provides loans to make modifications to primary, permanent residences of elders, adults with disabilities and families with children with disabilities. Various loans are available based on income. For more information, contact the South Middlesex Opportunity Council at 508-202-5919, or www.mass.gov and search Home Modification Loan Program. .  

The Center Salon

Hair Salon: To make your appointment please call The Center at 508-359-3665 and we will connect with Ginny on your behalf.

Information and Referral 

The COA provides accurate information on elder services to Medfield families. We have information on local, state and national services that may benefit you. Our staff will answer your questions and find appropriate resources. Call for information. 

Outreach Services 

Consultation and assistance with government and legal paperwork, information on insurance benefits, food stamps, fuel assistance, caregiver and low-vision information and support are available through our Outreach Department. Call for an appointment. 

Health and Wellness 

In cooperation with the Medfield Board of Health, we will continue to follow current guidelines to maintain a safe environment. Good hand washing is always a must! 

Meals on Wheels 

A hot mid-day meal is delivered to seniors who are homebound. Call HESSCO at 1-781-784-4944 to begin service. A $3.00 donation per meal is suggested.

Grab N Go Wednesday Lunch 

Order your lunch on Monday and pick up between 11:30-12 noon on Wednesday. It is a delicious sandwich lunch, with all the fixings! All for $3. 

S.H.I.N.E.

Our SHINE volunteer is available for in-person appointments by calling the Center. SHINE provides assistance with figuring out the health insurance maze. Appointments are available on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month by calling the Center. 

Medical Equipment 

The COA has a shed (thanks to FOSI) filled with medical equipment available to loan as needed. We carry an inventory of wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches, canes, and baskets. The items are available on a first come, first-serve basis for Medfield residents. Please return when no longer needed. 

Low -Vision Information 

As we age, things change including our vision. Resources are available. Call the Center for information.. .

Caregiver Support 

If you have questions about care giving, call the Center and we can help you navigate the challenges you may be facing. Individual appointments are available. 

Volunteering 

If you have interest in volunteering for the COA, we have a place for you. Call the Center to discuss the volunteer options with Sarah Hanifan. 

Large-Print Newsletter 

Pick up a large-print copy of the newsletter at the Center (by request). 

Kingsbury Club 

Senior Swim Tues. & Friday at 10:00 a.m. beginning week of 9/12 $5/session 

S.N.A.P. Benefits 

Do you need help buying fresh, nutritious food? You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps. Call the Center for assistance. 

Medfield Food Cupboard 

The Medfield Food Cupboard is open the first and third weeks of each month. They are open Thursday & Saturday for in-person shopping. The Food Cupboard is now located at 93 West St. Unit 10. Contact the Food Cupboard:508-359-4958. email: info@medfieldfoodcupboard.com All inquiries are confidential. 

Bread Distribution 

Every Wednesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. there are bread products available from Brothers, Blue Moon and Donut Express. All welcome! 

The CLUB 

A supervised and structured day program for your loved one on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are caring for a loved one and looking for some time for yourself, consider our program. Call Roberta Lynch for more information. 

Housing 

Eligible residents can apply for state-aided public housing by contacting the local Housing Authority on Pound Street at 508-359-6454. 

Veteran Services

Veterans and their dependents may be eligible for a variety of Chapter 115 Safety Net benefits and assistance programs. Call Mark Bryson at Town Hall at 508-906-3025.

Medfield Fire Department 

Life Safety Home Inspections look for potential dangers in senior residences, including hazards, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector checks and battery replacement and many other areas that you might not even recognize. Call to schedule a Safety Inspection. 

  1. Roberta Lynch, R.N.

    Director