Community Resources A-C


Advanced Directive

Honoring Choices LogoHonoring Choices Massachusetts

A consumer-focused nonprofit organization which informs and empowers adults to make a personal health care plan and connect to the best possible care that honors their values and choices, all through their lives.

Every adult, 18 years and old, or their Health Care Agent and Guardian, has the right to be fully informed about their health care to make choices for care that reflect each individual’s care goals, values, and priorities. Honoring Choices provides no-cost Massachusetts-based health care planning information; tools and discussion guides to help consumers and care providers have effective planning discussions at every phase of health.

It’s generally recommended that a basic plan include a Health Care Proxy and a Durable Power of Attorney for the best protection of your rights and choices under Massachusetts law.

Medical Orders of Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) form is a standardized medical order form for use by clinicians caring for patients with serious advancing illnesses.  Click here to be linked to the website.


Advanced Directive/Medical Order DNR


A MOLST form is a medical professional’s order that helps you keep control over medical care at the end of life. Like a Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order, the form tells emergency medical personnel and other health care providers whether or not to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of a medical emergency. Form is not valid without patient and physician’s signature.


Click here to view, download and print a list of Behavioral Health Resources

Able Home Care LLC

Able Home Care LLC
270 Union street
Lynn, MA  01901

Psychosocial/Behavioral Health Services include care for people who have mental illness.  These services include care for serious and persistent mental illness or behavioral and emotional problems exacerbated by physical illness.

Adult Inpatient

Beverly Hospital – Leland Unit Beverly, MA (Adult psychiatric care) 
Provides acute care to patients 18 to elderly.
Provides inpatient ECT treatment, mental health stabilization and substance abuse detox
978.922.3000 x 2800 Admissions: 781.599.9200

Beverly Hospital – Partial Hospitalization Beverly, MA
Adults w/ mental health &/or substance use disorders
Intakes are scheduled for 8am.
Group Program starts at 9am & run until 3pm.
Consists of psychoeducational & skill building groups, group psychotherapy.

Bayridge Hospital Lynn, MA (62-bed psychiatric hospital)
60 Granite St. Lynn, MA 01902

Acute inpatient
Bayridge Hospital – Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Lynn, MA

Adults w/ mental health &/or substance use disorders
Group Program starts at 8:30 am & runs until 2:30 pm. Consists of psychoeducational & skill building groups, group psychotherapy

Adult Outpatient

Beth Israel Lahey Health
Salem: 35 Congress St., Building 2, First Floor,
Suite 150B –
P: 978.745.2440 F: 978.744.1701

Beverly: 800 Cummings Ctr. – Suite 266-T.
P: 978.921.1190. F: 978.927.3724

Gloucester: 298 Washington St.
P: 978.283.0296. F: 978.281.7631

Lawrence: 12 Methuen St.
P: 978.683.3128. F: 978.682.7296

Outpatient therapy for individuals, couples, or families, addiction treatment, school-based programs, psychiatric services and pharmacological care, treatment for eating disorders.

Comfort Home Care, LLC


Main Massachusetts Office:
147 Pelham Street

Methuen, MA 01844

Phone (978) 685-4700
(978) 685-4701

Emergency Services/Crisis

Elliot Emergency Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Emergency Services  24hrs/7 days

1 (800) 988-1111

Serves areas of Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Lynn, Nahant, Swampscott, Lynnfield, North Reading, Wakefield, Malden, Reading, Medford, and Saugus

Home Health Foundation

Home Health Foundation
350 Merrimack Street
Building 9
Lawrence, MA  01843

Psychosocial/Behavioral Health Services include an array of behavioral health services. Comprehensive psychiatric nursing offers support and disease management for people who have a psychiatric diagnosis, are under the care of a primary care physician or psychiatrist, and can be cared for safely at home.

Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient

Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient
Epstein Center for Behavioral Health
1 Dove Avenue
Salem, MA  01970
Tel: 978-354-2890

Inpatient unit provides 24-hour care for adults aged 55 and older. The following treatments are offered in a non-coercive environment:

  • Discharge planning and referral
  • ECT
  • Family support
  • Group programming
  • Medical management
  • Occupational therapy assessment
  • Ongoing psychiatric care and psychopharmacology
  • Pet therapy
  • Psychological and neuropsychological evaluation
  • Recreational therapy
  • Spirituality services

North Essex ESP/CCS (Emergency Services & Crisis Stabilization)

North Essex ESP/CCS (Emergency Services & Crisis Stabilization)
Walk-ins welcome
41 Mason St., Unit 4

Salem, MA 01970
978.744.1585 P
866.523.1216 P
978.744.1379 F

Older Adult Inpatient

Senior Adult Unit (SAU)
978-283-4001 ext. 790

TTY: 978-491-6733


Older Adult Outpatient

Center for Healthy Aging
Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
480 Maple Street – Suite 201
Danvers, MA 01923

Addison Gilbert Hospital
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

In-Home Counseling

Outreach Counseling

Merrimack Valley: 978.373.3086 extension 3
North Shore: 978.921.1190

Licensed therapists go to home, school, or other appropriate setting.  Accepts major credit cards, Medicaid and Medicare.

Substance Use Disorders


The DISCOVER Program provides an alternative to, or a step down from, Addiction Treatment Program, Outpatient Counseling inpatient addiction care. DISCOVER provides crisis stabilization and support toward community integration. The program is based on a recovery model, which assists participants in regaining an optimal level of functioning in their community, family and vocational roles.

Daily services are provided Monday through Friday for individuals with addictions or dual diagnosis and for their families.

Addison Gilbert Hospital
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-381-7422, ext. 422 or 586

Substance Use Disorders Inpatient

Lahey Health Behavioral Services offers exceptional, community-based mental health and substance abuse services of the North Shore and Lower Merrimack Valley.

Medically supervised detoxification services, counseling and case management therapy and aftercare planning.

Substance Use Disorders Outpatient

Therapeutic Services: traditional and intensive outpatient therapy for individuals, families and teens, 978.745.8890

Adolescent Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP): a structured outpatient after-school program, 978.745.8890

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Adults: outpatient option for men and women who want to aggressively address their drug or alcohol use, while maintaining their daily commitments, 978.745.8890 Court Programs: for men and women mandated to treatment for DUI first and second offenses. Programs available for youth involved with Salem and Lynn juvenile courts for non-violent, drug-related crimes, 978.745.8890

Buprenorphine (Suboxone®) Outpatient Treatment: an approved medication for relatively stable patients dependent on prescription or illegal opioids, 978.777.2121

Methadone Maintenance Treatment: highly regulated program for opioids users, 978.777.2121–services/health-services/substance-abuse/drug-and-alcohol-treatment


Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer's Association Logo

Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease  and related  memory disorders.
Increased understanding through shared experiences.  Mutual support from other caregivers.

Caregivers Together, North Shore Elders

Caregivers Together, North Shore Elders
152 Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA  01923

Danvers, First and Third Mondays 10:30 – 12:00 noon and First and Third Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Case Management - HeartStrings, Care solutions

­­­­­­Case Management · HeartStrings, Care solutions 978-234-8024 or

Comfort Home Care, LLC



Main Massachusetts Office:
147 Pelham Street
Methuen, MA 01844

Phone: (978) 685-4700
FAX: (978) 685-4701

Dementia Support Group

Dementia Support Group

A Dementia Support Group will be held at Twin Oaks Center on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-8 p.m.

When you are faced with a loved one exhibiting symptoms of dementia, it can be a confusing and troubling time in your life. The group will help you understand the disease and gain knowledge about the best methods of care for your loved one.

Twin Oaks Center is located at 63 Locust Street, Danvers, Massachusetts. The support group is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jennifer Tineo at 978-777-0011.

Family Caregiver Alliance is a national resource for grandparents supporting their grandchildren.  Provides information and resources pertaining to the unique barriers faced by grand families such as financial assistance, guardianship, housing, foster care, and other resources.

Hospice of the NorthShore

Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Multiple System Atrophy Coalition (MSA)

Parkinson's Foundation

Rest Stop Ranch

Rest Stop Ranch
20 Haverhill Rd.
Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983

Online and onsite programs, publications and products.

Online blog/connection resource for caregivers.

Right at Home

Senior Whole Health of Massachusetts

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group - Beverly

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group – Beverly
600 Cummings Center
Beverly, MA  1915



Support groups for Caregivers on the North Shore

  • Caregivers Together, North Shore Elders, 152 Sylvan St, Danvers First and Third Mondays 10:30-12 noon, and First and Third Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (978) 750-4540 
  • Grandparents Support Group, grandparents with custody or responsibility for grandchildren, Second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Beverly Senior Center (978) 921-6017. 
  • Caregiver Support Counseling: The second Tuesday of every month a support group meets from 10:00-11:30 a.m at the Beverly Senior Center.  Call the Center to sign up in advance. This group is facilitated by a Caregiver Support Specialist, from Senior Care, Inc..
  •  Parkinsons Support Group: The second Monday of each month at 1pm at the Beverly Senior Center, Suite C.  Please contact Raymond C. James, RN, BS, 617-638-7745 for more information.

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group – Beverly
(Free respite care upon request)

1st & 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    • Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders
    • Increased understanding through shared experiences
    • Mutual support from other caregivers
    • Light refreshments will be provided

To RSVP for respite care or with questions, please call Rachael Palmacci at 978-921-5020 ext. 1135 or email her at

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group – North Andover
(Free respite care upon request)
2nd Wednesday of every month, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    • Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders
    • Increased understanding through shared experiences
    • Mutual support from other caregivers
    • Light refreshments will be provided

To RSVP for respite care or with questions, please contact Brianna Martin at 978-688-3248 ext. 1102 or email

Case Management

  • HeartStrings, Care solutions
    • 978-234-8024


Senior Care offers Family Caregiver Support: 978-281-1750


  • You care for an adult aged 60 or over
  • You care for an adult of any age with Alzheimer’s
  • You are 55 or older and caring for a grandchild or young relative under the age of 18,  or a disabled person between 18-59.

We provide:

  • Access assistance to caregivers to facilitate obtaining services and resources available within their communities
  • Counseling for caregivers to assist them in making decisions, assessing the merits of various options, and solving problems related to their caregiver roles
  • Support groups with a focus on peer support, education and training to reduce stress and develop coping skills
  • Provide community presentations on relevant caregiver issues (for example caring for an Alzheimer’s loved one)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six week, evidence-based class in which caregivers develop self-care skills, learn how to communicate their needs to family members and to health care or service providers; learn how to better manage challenging situations, and make tough care giving decisions.




Caregiver Stress QuizNational Alliance for Caregiving North Shore Elder Services


Hospice of the North Shore


AARP Caregiving Page


Family Caregiver Alliance Resources Available by State


Alzheimer’s Association


National Parkinson Foundation


ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), otherwise known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”


American Heart Association

American Cancer Society


SeniorCare The Aging Service Access Point for Beverly residents



Boston Medical Center

Regular Support group

Meetings. Check website for contacts


Resources for Massachusetts Elders and their Families Massachusetts Office of Health and Human ServicesElder Affairs Official Website of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs


MassResources Information about help to seniors age 60 or older and their families, friends, and caregivers. Online Resources for People with Disabilities


Senior Whole Health of Massachusetts (New health care plan for people age 65 years or older who qualify for MassHealth Standard and live in the Senior Whole Health service area)


Benefits CheckUp Federal, State, Local, and Private programs you may be eligible for


Right at Home In Home Care and Assistance (Boston North)


Quick Guide to Healthy Living (US Department of Health & Human Services) Free online videos for caregivers




Program Goals and Outcomes

What is CarFit for the older driver?

CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them.

The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.

Why is CarFit important?

Older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seatbelts, and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies.

Driver safety programs improve adult driver safety by addressing cognitive abilities and skills. However, older drivers can also improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them. A proper fit in one’s car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.

How is a CarFit check completed?

At a CarFit event, a team of trained technicians and/or health professionals work with each participant to ensure they fit their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

CARFIT (continued)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is CarFit?

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

  • What are the Objectives of the CarFit program?

The program is designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle, to highlight actions they can take to improve their fit, and to promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility. A proper fit in one’s personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.

  • In What Ways Can CarFit Improve Road Safety?

Three quick examples underscore the importance of road safety to the CarFit program, which reviews twelve key areas of the driver’s fit to the personal vehicle.

  1. Example one: Knowing how to properly adjust one’s mirrors can greatly minimize blind spots for drivers who may wish to change lanes.
  2. Example two: Good foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals is important. If the driver is reaching with his or her toes to press on the pedals, it can cause fatigue in one’s leg and slowed reaction times.
  3. Example three: Drivers run a risk of serious injury if they are sitting closer than 10 inches to the steering wheel.
  • Is CarFit effective?

CarFit was pilot tested in 10 cities in the spring of 2005 with more than 300 older driver participants. Based on findings from the CarFit checklists completed at the events and follow-up surveys of participants, the program appears to be highly effective on multiple fronts. Some of the results show:

…over one-third (37%) had at least one critical safety issue needing addressed.

CARFIT (continued)

…one in ten (10%) were seated too close to the steering wheel.

…approximately 20% did not have a line of sight at least 3″ over the steering wheel.

In addition, the vast majority of those responding to the survey indicated that, as a result of having gone through the CarFit event, they made a change to improve the fit of their vehicle, their use of safety features in their vehicle and/or their willingness to discuss their driving with family and/or health care providers.

  • How Can Drivers Sign Up for a CarFit Checkup?

Individuals wishing to take part in a CarFit Checkup should click here and look at the calendar of upcoming events.

  • How Can I Get a CarFit Brochure?

You may download a .pdf document of the latest CarFit brochure here.

  • Where can I get pedal extensions or other adaptive equipment?

Modifications that interface with a moving vehicle can pose risk to the driver’s safety, as well as exposing the person making the recommendation to risks of liability. Pedal extenders, although they may seem simple actually are a modification that directly impacts the driver’s ability to safely and consistently control the vehicle both to accelerate and to stop! Adaptive equipment recommendations should be made with the same caution as advising someone to seek medication. There are extenders that could help you reach the pedals or there are hand controls available that allow you to continue to drive even if your feet can no longer control the pedals. We suggest that a driver seek the expert guidance of a driving rehabilitation specialist trained in assessing the individual’s need for equipment and the identification of the equipment that fits both the person and their vehicle.

You can locate a driving rehabilitation specialist by using the specialists directory located at (see specialists directory) or (see CDRS directory). Specialized programs are available in every state, but not necessarily in your community.