Brookline HELP (Home Escort & Linkage Program)

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.

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Brookline HELP (Home Escort & Linkage Program)

Who can use this option?

In order to register for HELP, you must reside in Brookline, participate in a home visit with our staff, and 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. Generally workers with a car will charge $15 per hour. 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 by HELP staff and the client before a match is made.

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 generally takes at least a week in most cases.

What accommodations are available?

Some of the other 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.).

Contact Details

HELP, Brookline Council on Aging, 93 Winchester St., Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 730-2752
http://www.brooklinema.gov/268/HELP-Program

Advance Planning

2+ days in advance

Cost

Free / low-cost

Service Area

Service Types

Door-through-Door

Trip Purpose

All trip types

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles?

No

Brookline HELP (Home Escort & Linkage Program)

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.

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