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Resources for Professionals

Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities (SPARK Kit) Equips senior living staff with resources to promote mental health and prevent suicide and encourage active participation among residents. Includes guidelines for integrating suicide prevention into ongoing programs, hands-on tools, and training manuals. 

SAMHSA publications "Health and social service providers often do not recognize the warning signs of substance abuse and mental health problems. They may attribute the symptoms of a substance abuse or mental health problem among older adults to the natural course of aging. They may avoid the topic because of the stigma associated with substance abuse and mental illness. In some cases, providers may believe that they're not capable of helping, or they may believe that treatment doesn't work-that it's not even worth trying. As a result, seniors in need of assistance may never receive adequate care, even though treatment is effective and has tremendous potential to improve the health and quality of life of many older adults." 

From, "Promoting Older Adult Health: Aging Network Partnerships to Address Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health Problems." DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 02-3628, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Printed 2002, Reprinted 2006, 

Elder Community Care can provide:

  • Comprehensive mental health/substance abuse assessment

  • In-home counseling

  • Telephone call befriending service (TeleConnect)

  • In-home personal monitoring system (TeleHelp)

  • Access to 24 hour emergency response

  • Medication management by a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

  • Referral to community resources and services

ECC utilizes the principle that elders have a right to receive counseling services specifically designed to meet their needs. 

ECC can provide some services free of charge. Extended treatment may be arranged through insurance or on a fee-for-service basis with the elder's permission. There are no income eligibility requirements. ECC services are available to individuals aged 60 and older living in Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Westborough. 

Elder Community Care is made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
For more information, or to make a referral, please call 508-573-7237

ECC utilizes the principle that elders have a right to receive counseling services specifically designed to meet their needs.

Did you know?

​Recent studies indicated that between 1.1 and 2.3 million elderly citizens use alcohol to alleviate grief and loneliness.

​SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service 
(in English and Spanish) 
for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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Edmilse Diaz, 
Elder Community Care (ECC) Triage Coordinator
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
33 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752
Office: 508-573-7237