RESPITE COMPANION PROGRAM
The Respite Companion Program helps families care for their elder loved ones and provides peace of mind and respite for the caregiver.
Research published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA - 1999) indicated that the majority of caregivers have health problems related to the task of caregiving. Recent research examined caregivers and the effects of cortisol, the 'stress hormone', which builds up over time, reducing the immunity of the caregivers, and may make them more suspectible to illness. Caregivers can feel overwhelmed trying to manage their life, and manage the care for a loved one.
Many caregivers need outside help and are confused at the options. The Council on Aging has a staff of compassionate, experienced Respite Companions who are capable of caring for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer's or other health conditions that require supervision. Respite Companions will come to the home and prepare light meals, help with shopping lists and be a dependable friend to your loved one. The Respite Companions also provide transportation for errands and appointments. They are available to work many different shifts to fill in for the time that you need them.
The Respite Companion program, through the Billerica Council on Aging, is exclusive to Billerica residents. For more information, please contact Lauren Gray at 978-671-0916 or via email
SENIOR PROPERTY TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM
The Town of Billerica offers seniors the opportunity to support municipal government and schools by applying to the Senior Property Tax Work-Off program. The seniors are then able to work 93.75 hours at the minimum wage amount of $8.00 an hour.
The $750 tax relief benefit that they achieve is applied to the property taxes once the hours are completed. Applications for the Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program are available at the Senior Center.
The guidelines for the Property Tax Work-Off Program for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 are the same as last Fiscal Year. The guidelines are in place to accommodate seniors with the greatest financial need. Asset management will be the determining factor for participation in the program and the Assessor's Office will make the determination. Applications will be accepted through September 16th. The program runs from July 1, 2013 through March 1, 2014, first come, first serve.
For more information, contact Lauren Gray at 978-671-0916 or via email at