Subsidized Home Care

For many seniors, a small amount of in-home services can make the difference between being able to live at home and losing independence. For seniors with limited income, purchasing those services can seem out of reach, and a subsidized program can make it possible to receive these services.


The Massachusetts Home Care Program provides on-going case management and supportive in-home services to help seniors live independently at home. A case manager assesses your need for services and helps you develop a service plan. If eligible, you can choose to either hire your own worker to provide services or you may receive services through a local provider who contracts with Springwell. All services listed on the In Home Services page are available through this program including: Personal Care, Homemaking, Chore, Laundry, Home Health Aide, Companion, Adult Day Care, Home Delivered Meals, Grocery Shopping, Transportation, and Personal Emergency Response Systems. There are multiple levels of service available depending on your needs and eligibility including: Standard Home Care, Enhanced Community Options Program, Community Choices, and Respite Over-Income (see Service Details, below).


Massachusetts has designated Springwell as an Aging Services Access Point (ASAP). In this role, Springwell is the single point of entry for eligible seniors to receive care advice and home care services through the Commonwealth's State Subsidized Home Care Program. A Springwell Care Advisor conducts a comprehensive in-home assessment in consultation with a nurse, to determine program eligibility. The senior, family members and Springwell Care Advisor develop a care plan, which is reassessed on a regular basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the MA Home Care program is based on functional ability and not a medical diagnosis. Although eligibility may vary, in general to be eligible for a state subsidy a person must be:

  • Age 60 or older
  • Have an assessed need for services, and
  • Live in Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley or Weston.

Service Details

Springwell acts as a single point of access for a number of state and federal government programs that can subsidize in-home care for seniors. The programs, and their basic eligibility criteria are listed here for your information. A Springwell Care Advisor can help you sort through the details, eligibility requirements, and enrollment.

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Subsidized Home Care programs are one way of paying for In Home Care, but there are other ways to get these valuable services.

Contact Us

Interested in subsidized home care? Call Springwell at (617) 926-4100 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and request the Information and Consultation Department, or fill out and submit this contact form.

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