Brookline HELP (private drivers & personal/medical escorts)

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The Home and Escort Linkage Program (HELP) is a homemaker service designed and sponsored by the Brookline Council on Aging. The goal of this program is to provide affordable, reliable, and flexible home care service to elders living in Brookline.

Who can use this option? In order to register for HELP, you must:

  • Reside in Brookline
  • Participate in a home visit with our staff
  • Be aged 60+
How much does it cost? Most workers charge $13-$15 per hour and must be retained for a minimum of two hours at a time.

There is no charge for enrollment in the program and there is no financial gain to the program through filling job requests. HELP is a matchmaking service and does not handle payment of workers. All payments are handled privately between the senior and the worker, although HELP staff are available to mediate in the case of any problems with payment.

When is this option available? Times and payment are arranged privately between individual seniors and workers.
How far ahead do you need to plan? Seniors wishing to use the program must register and participate in a home visit by HELP staff. Making a successful match between a senior and a worker may take anywhere from a day or two to several weeks.
What accommodations are available? Some of the services provided by screened HELP workers include:

  • Companionship or respite care
  • Cooking
  • Errands
  • Escorting to appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Laundry
  • Light housekeeping
  • Organizing

HELP workers can drive clients places but cannot provide home health care services (i.e., bathing, feeding, wound care, etc.).

Notes The program provides an alternative to private home care agencies or state-funded home care, and is more secure than hiring a worker on your own.
Contact Details HELP, Brookline Council on Aging
93 Winchester St., Brookline, MA 02446Phone: 617-730-2752http://www.brooklinema.gov/268/HELP-Program