CLO Opens New Doors for Aging in Place

The longest-running non-profit elder service agency in eastern Massachusetts has launched a new program that will provide one-stop shopping for home-based supports and services across much of the North Shore and Greater Boston Area.

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Community Living Options (CLO) through Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) offers a variety of services that can help older adults or those living with disabilities maintain their independence and well-being.

SCES has managed a wide range of government-funded programs that support aging-in-place for more than 40 years, but many have stringent eligibility requirements. CLO costs are covered out-of-pocket or through insurance, and SCES Assistant Director Mary Ann Dalton said it’s about providing options for more people across the region.

“Helping people live in the setting of their choice is central to our mission at SCES, but we also know there’s usually a lot of moving parts involved,” she said. “We have a lot of experience at putting those pieces together and we see this as a real opportunity to help more people reach their home-care and lifestyle goals.”

CLO services range from providing a little extra help around the house, up to comprehensive care management. Common services include assessing home care needs, hospital-to-home planning, medical care management, and basic household tasks/transportation.

Founded in 1972 as part of a national movement toward providing home-based care options for older adults, SCES promotes the right of all individuals to live with dignity, in the setting of their choice, providing information, services and supports toward that end.

CLO provides services for Boston, along with parts of the North Shore and Greater Boston Area.

To learn more about CLO, visit eldercare.org and click on the “Private Pay” tab, or call 617-628-2601.