Options Counseling is a free service that provides information and support to guide the consumer and those helping to care for them through their questions and decision making about living at home or in the community with supports.
Options Counseling can help answer many questions like:
- Can I live in the community safely and independently?
- What services are available to support me in my home?
- Should I consider a move from my home to supportive housing or assisted living?
- Does my current insurance cover services and/or assistive devices/home modifications? If not, what funding, loans or donations may be available?
- Can I private pay for services or assistive devices?
The role of the Counselor is to provide guidance on all various care options available for each consumer. This involves meeting with the consumer and their caregivers to talk about the consumer’s medical, physical, emotional status and financial resources. Factors to consider include personal preferences and capacity as well as public, private and informal supports that are available.
Determining what is best for the consumer is complex and takes time. Changes may be gradual or a health crisis may require more supports be put in place quickly. The counselor talks with the consumer and family, helps them sort out and think through options. They will assist in making referrals to other agencies as necessary and will follow up to help get a plan in place. If a situation changes, Options Counselors can help seek alternatives or make adjustments to a plan.
The goal of the service is to provide objective information to consumers and support them in their decision making to be in their homes or in the community or return there after an illness or rehab stay.
This service is available to elders or persons with disabilities. Staff can meet at your home, in the community, hospital or nursing facility.
Those interested in meeting with the Community Options Resource Specialist should contact FCHCC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email email@example.com. FCHCC staff are waiting to take your call and meet with you.
Updated January 2012