Housing & Economic Security
What is housing with Supportive Services?
The decision to leave one’s home to move into a supportive environment is a highly individual process. Understanding the landscape of long-term care helps those facing this change feel empowered and positive about making housing choices.
Independent Living is typically apartment-style living in which one or more meals may be available to residents, as well as some activities and some other services. Personal care, if needed, may be available through in-house staff or contracted through an outside agency. Residents residing in an Assisted Living Residence that also offers Independent Living may or may not be required to move if personal care assistance becomes needed.
Assisted Living (ALR) offers a variety of services including three meals, activities, as well as personal care, such as bathing, dressing and mobility assistance and often medication management. ALRs vary in the level of care they provide but they are not able to provide medical care, such as injections, IV medications or feeding tubes. Most ALRs are private pay; however some may also offer programs, such as PACE, GAFC, or other low- to moderate-income programs for residents with limited income and/or assets.
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) offer the highest level of care available as they are considered medical facilities, with a physician acting as Medical Director and 24- hour nursing. Care in a SNF may be private pay, or may be covered by Medicare for a short-term rehabilitation stay, or may be covered by Medicaid/MassHealth for long-term care if an individual has no assets with which to privately pay. Memory Care in ALRs are also considered a social (nonmedical) model.
A Memory Care neighborhood is typically either a secure area of the ALR or it may be a stand-alone ALR that only offers Memory Care. Most Memory Care units in ALRs are private pay.
Independent, Assisted Living & Memory Care In Swampscott
Bertram House of Swampscott
565 Humphrey St, Swampscott
The Residence at Vinnin Square
224 Salem St, Swampscott
There are many other Assisted Living communities local to the Northshore – the Swampscott Senior Center can help with information and referral for these communities, call us.
Swampscott Housing Authority
6 Duncan Terr., Swampscott
Affordable Housing Registry
Dept. of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge St. Ste 300, Boston
A non-profit, membership organization of Neighbors Helping Neighbors with various chores and transportation that help members remain in their homes as they age in place.
Sharing Housing, Inc.
Low Income Home Energy/Fuel Assistance Program
(Weatherization, home energy, rent, mortgage, utility assistance)
156 Broad St., Lynn
Habitat for Humanity: Aging in Place – Essex County
14 Park St., Danvers
CEDAC Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation
(Financial assistance to help the elderly modify homes)
Lifebridge Emergency Shelter
56 Margin St., Salem
Lynn Emergency Shelter
100 Willow St., Lynn
Housing & Economic Security
Financial Resources Senior/Veteran Tax work-off program
Town Administrator’s Office
22 Monument Ave., Swampscott
(781) 596-8850 ext. 1226
Social Security Administration
National Fraud Info. Center
American Consumer Credit Counseling
Lunch Program at the Swampscott Senior Center. House-prepared, affordable meals served in an inclusive, welcoming setting. Lunch is a wonderful way to meet new friends and be social. Click here for more information about our lunches!
Anchor Food Pantry Swampscott & Nahant Residents
86 Burrill St., Swampscott
Mon 11am-1pm, Wed 6pm-8pm
Deliveries to seniors in need (781) 479-3080
Meals on Wheels – GLSS
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP
Senior Farmers Market Coupons
Available through GLSS – seasonal
My Brother’s Table
98 Willow St., Lynn MA
Lynn Salvation Army
1 Franklin St., Lynn
Northshore Moving Market
13 Franklin St., Salem
27 Congress St. Ste. 203, Salem
Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry
35 Park St., Beverly