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For elders with disabilities
Executive Office of Elder Affairs: Aging Services Access Points (ASAPS)
Direct services are provided to elders through 27 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) around the state, including help accessing needed AT through state and federal funding sources (i.e. the Home Care Program, the Home and Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver Program, and the Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program). AT devices provided may include ramps or other home modifications, lift chairs, hearing aids and other sensory aid devices. Read more.
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) directs or provides services to thousands of elders in the Commonwealth through federal and state funding. Services include: home-care (personal care or homemaker services), nutrition services (under Title III), social and caregiver services (under the federal Older Americans Act [OAA]), advocacy, and planning.
Assistive technology may be available to eligible elders through the Home Care Program (state funded), the Home and Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver Program (state and federally funded), and/or through other funds available from the Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program.
EOEA serves elders age 60 years and older. EOEA will also serve caregivers who are grandparents raising grandchildren, age 55 and older. Income eligibility varies by program.
EOEA contracts with community-based nonprofits known as "Aging Services Access Points" (ASAPs), some of which are Area Agencies on Aging. ASAPs provide direct services to elders. ASAP care managers assess their needs for services, and provide information and referral. They help develop plans for services and/or care with elders and their families, and they can help coordinate services from different agencies, such as MassHealth. AT needs are written into service plans.
What AT is Provided?
AT devices commonly provided may include items such as ramps or other home modifications, lift chairs, hearing aids and other sensory aid devices.