- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 17 November 2017
“The electric bill is due on Tuesday, and the oil bill will be coming in next week. The roofer’s repairs will be done soon, so he’ll be wanting his last installment, and the boy who cuts the grass needs another twenty-five dollars. The check for the gas bill was sent last week – or was that the oil bill? No, the oil bill is still waiting to come in. Must have been the electric bill, right?”
Does this seem familiar? When balancing our checkbooks and sorting out our bills, remembering all the details can become a bit of a hassle. Luckily, for folks over age 60 and people with disabilities, there is a program out there that can help.
“Money Management is a program that matches someone in the community – an elder who meets the requirements of our program – with a volunteer who’s been trained to go in and help elders remain, a lot of times, in their homes,” says Ceil Moran, Money Management program director at LifePath. “Someone could be losing their sight; someone could be just having some memory problems or confusion or just needs help organizing bills, sorting through mail that comes in, and writing checks. And so we assign trained volunteers.”
Money Management offers two different types of services: Bill Payer Services and Representative Payee Services.
Bill Payer Services provide valuable one-on-one money management services to low-income and asset elders who need assistance with their financial affairs. These services include organizing clients’ bills, writing checks for payment, balancing checkbooks, reviewing bank statements, and developing a budget.
For those who need more assistance, Representative Payee Services are offered on a limited basis to elders who are unable to handle their own funds.
Eligibility guidelines apply; please call for more details. Even if you think you will not meet the qualifications, give us a call; our Information & Caregiver Resource Center can always recommend other options.
You may call to request services for yourself or on behalf of another by calling 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259, or emailing us.