How LifePath Can Help
We Are Here For You
LifePath is open for business, going strong, and is here more than ever to support elders, people with disabilities, and caregivers. We are committed to serving the community as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of June 1, 2021, LifePath is reopening its doors to the public, by appointment only. If you would like to meet with LifePath staff for an in-person consultation, please call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 to schedule an appointment. Visitors will be asked to complete a health check and to wear a mask at all times.
Home health aides and personal care attendants continue to visit homes and offer care to those who need it.
LifePath offers a variety of supports, such as personal care, meals, medication pick up and delivery, grocery shopping, wellness calls, and discharges from hospitals and nursing facilities.
Meals on Wheels
We continue to deliver Meals on Wheels and have offered extra meals to all Meals on Wheels participants to stockpile in case of a service interruption. We are following the strict sanitation guidelines put forth by the CDC to minimize risk. We have experienced a surge in new Meals on Wheels consumers. To keep Meals on Wheels consumers and volunteers safe we have implemented the “Smile and Wave” method, wherein drivers arrive at a recipient’s house, use hand sanitizer or put on a new pair of gloves, place the meal on an outside table or pack the meal in a plastic bag and hang it on the doorknob, knock or ring the doorbell, and immediately step back 10 to 15 feet. When the Meals on Wheels recipient answers the door, the driver says “hello” and indicates where the meal is, making sure the recipient is able to retrieve the meal, before leaving to deliver the next meal. If no one answers, they call the recipient to make sure they are home. If no one answers, the driver reports to the office, who contacts emergency contacts, doctor’s offices, and then emergency services. In this way we are also making sure the Meals on Wheels recipient is safe.
Grab and Go Meals
Grab and Go Meals: Congregate meal sites are closed until further notice, however Grab and Go Meals are available at Bernardston Senior Center (M-Th), Greenfield Senior Center (Wed. and Thurs.), Petersham COA (every Monday), Phillipston COA (3rd Tuesday; closed Dec.-Mar.), Royalston COA (every Wednesday), Shelburne Senior Center (every Wednesday), and South County Senior Center (M-F). Call the centers for more information.
Grocery Shopping and Delivery
LifePath is offering volunteer grocery shopping and delivery in Franklin County and the North Quabbin areas for people over age 60 or people with physical illnesses or disabilities or people who are immunocompromised. If this is you, and you are concerned about visiting the grocery store and don't have someone who can help, call 413-773-5555.
Grocery Gift Cards
LifePath is able to provide grocery gift cards to individuals with a need, until the supply is exhausted.
Other LifePath Programs
Other programs, like SHINE counseling, workshops, and groups, may be available in person or remote. Contact us to learn more about how to access individual programs. In all programs, we are following the strict sanitation guidelines put forth by the CDC to minimize risk. If you are a current program participant and want more information, contact your care manager or contact person with questions.
How You Can Help
We are always looking for volunteers!
- Revenue streams are at risk of being disrupted and in order to keep our systems going, and provide for increased service needs, please support LifePath with a donation so that we may address existing as well as new and different requests from those we serve. Donate here.
Other Ways to Help
- Consider becoming a Personal Care Attendant or a paid Adult Family Care caregiver. LifePath continues to see a decline in front-line in-home care providers.
- Take on the responsibility of checking on the wellbeing of an older adult in your neighborhood, especially if you believe they receive support in their homes.
- Get involved with your local Village program to provide assistance to a neighbor who has a specific household need.
- Step up to create and activate community-based systems, made of informal efforts meant to sustain local communities through this difficult time.