Aug 09

Public Hearing Announced: 2022 – 2025 Area Plan on Aging

As a federally-designated Area Agency on Aging, Springwell is charged with creating an Area Plan every four years for the towns of Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. Springwell will be holding a public hearing about services for older adults and family caregivers.  The purpose of the hearing is to gather feedback [...]

Jul 27

Springwell Transportation Grant Program Completed

Springwell received a $90,000 grant from MassDevelopment in April aimed at expanding transportation service capacity through contracts with licensed taxi or livery businesses. After providing over 1,000 rides, 3 months later, the program is ending, having depleted all the funds. Springwell’s mission to provide comprehensive services to seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who provide […]

Jun 02

Springwell/Alternatives Transportation Partnership Very Popular

Seniors in Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston are ready to get out and about Sringwell announced in April a $90,000 grant from MassDevelopment aimed at expanding transportation service capacity through contracts with licensed taxi or livery businesses. Springwell's mission to provide comprehensive services to seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who provide [...]

May 25

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Springwell’s In Home Services Care Advisors Adapt Amidst Pandemic Challenges

After a year of non-stop work to make sure each person receiving home care services had their needs met safely despite the challenges of the pandemic, we are taking a moment to recognize the efforts of our resilient Care Advisors. Liz Stern, Springwell’s Case Management Program Manager, shared that during the past year in addition […]

May 17

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Springwell appreciates the support of Weston CARES Fund during the pandemic

Inspired by the passage of the Federal CARES Act, local residents and members of First Parish Church in Weston created the Weston CARES Fund in April of 2020 to make a difference locally, thoughtfully, and immediately during the pandemic. Phone calls to the minister revealed that many parishioners wanted their government CARES check to go […]

May 01

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A Year of Volunteer Meal Deliveries

Springwell’s Home Delivered Meals program faced severe staffing challenges when employment programs closed under the emergency order in March 2020. People like Eugenie Coakley swiftly answered Springwell’s call for volunteer drivers one year ago and have kept the home-delivered meal program on the road ever since. We asked Eugenie about her experiences. “People always appreciate […]

May 01

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Helping Older Adults Access COVID19 Vaccines

When access to the COVID19 vaccine was opened up to adults aged 75 help, access, relief and over in Massachusetts on January 25th of this year, organizations like Springwell were put to the test to help the older adults we serve, a population often challenged by technology, as they navigated an online system that was […]

Mar 17

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Social Work is Essential

March is Social Work Month and here at Springwell we are pleased to recognize and thank all the social workers who support our community daily. The 2021 theme, social work is essential, has been highlighted often as we have faced the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic.  “It seems that social work has never been more […]

Feb 17

COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Update

February 17, 2021 – Today, Governor Baker announced that individuals age 65+ and those with 2 or more comorbidities will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning on Thursday, February 18th.  It is expected that the this phase of the vaccine rollout will make an additional 1 million individuals eligible so it may take several weeks [...]

Jan 27

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Isolation Compounding the Risks of Elder Abuse During the Pandemic

Since March of 2020 it has been necessary for older adults and other high-risk individuals to stay home as much as possible to avoid exposure to COVID19. While vital to their well-being, it is not without potential cost for those at risk for elder abuse. Victims may experience emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, financial exploitation, self-neglect, […]