There are many services available in our area for elders and their families, including:
Assistance with basic needs such as housing, income, and food
Assistance for people with hearing or vision problems
Guidance for people with questions on health care
Assistance for people caring for their elderly parents
Please call Helen MacMellon, LCSW, at 413-259-3062 or Michele Chmura, LICSW, at 413-259-3038 for direct counseling. They have an extensive knowledge of programs and services available in the Amherst area and can provide information and referrals to meet your specific needs. They can help with questions concerning Medicare, housing, health, social well-being, and community services.
S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
S.H.I.N.E offers confidential counseling and assistance to medicare beneficiaries.
They also provide assistance with Medigap, HMO coverage, Medicare, Prescription
Advantage, public benefits and more.
The Amherst Senior Center's S.H.I.N.E. counselors, have appointments on the 1st and the 3rd Monday afternoon each month. Call the Senior Center at 413-259-3060 to schedule an appointment.
Town of Amherst Emergency Funds Program
The Emergency Funds Program helps Amherst citizens who are facing a financial emergency and are without financial resources to resolve the crisis. The program helps sustain housing by providing a one-time payment that will assist with rental arrears, utility bills, transportation or medical emergency expenses.
For more information please click on this link TOA Emergency Funds OR call Julie Federman at (413) 259-3077.