Worcester & Central MA

Worcester & Central MA Community Partners

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Worcester & Central MA Partners

  • BrightStar Care
  • The Briarwood Community
  • Caregiver Homes
  • Center for Health Impact
  • Central Mass Agency on Aging
  • Centro
  • Deborah Fins Associates, P.C.
  • Health Alliance Hosptial
  • Elizabeth L. Myska, JD, LLM; Attorney
  • Notre Dame Health Center
  • Laura Silver Traiger, Attorney; Starr Vander Linden LLP
  • Tri-Valley Inc.

BrightStar Care

David Price, President & Owner


Phone: 508.282.5020

BrightStar Care, located in Milford, provides premier quality home care, caregivers, and medical staffing solutions to families and businesses in the Worcester County area. From childcare to elder care to professional staffing services, we empower our team to live our values and provide compassionate care and service. Any time, any place. For over 20 years, local owner Dave Price and his staff has been helping consumers with solutions tailored to their unique needs and challenges. They develop a plan of care customized to a person’s  specific needs. They can help with as little as a one-hour visit or as much as a 24/7 live-in. Additionally their team serves clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout Worcester County. A Nurse Manager supervises every case to ensure that each client and family receives the highest level of care and service — from companion care to skilled medical care for adults, children and infants.

The Briarwood Community

Daria Meshenuk Director of Resident Services



Briarwood Community LogoThe Briarwood Community, located in Worcester, is a vibrant non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community offering Independent Living in cottages and apartments, Assisted Living and Knollwood Nursing Center for rehabilitation services & long term care. Briarwood’s mission is to enhance the well-being, independence and personal fulfillment of its residents and other seniors by providing high quality, coordinated housing, health, wellness and supportive services consistent with the caring spirit of the founding churches. Their continuum of care means that as you age or as your circumstances change, you have choices to transition from independent living to receiving additional support without ever leaving Briarwood. As an Honoring Choices Community Partner, the dedicated staff helps adults make a personal plan based on individual values and choices.

Caregiver Homes

Gretchen Slevin, Clinical Team Lead, Auburn


Caregiver Homes of Massachusetts’ community-based program helps families provide high-quality, 24-hour care at home for elders and people with disabilities in need of physical care and assistance. This assistance makes it possible for a family member or friend to become the primary in-home caregiver by providing them with the support and financial assistance they need. In Massachusetts, their Structured Family Caregiving model is known as Enhanced Adult Foster Care. The social workers and nurses are committed to engaging adults and their families and caregivers in health care planning discussions and providing care aligned with their choices. Caregiver Homes in Auburn serves the Metrowest, North Central Worcester County and Worcester Central area.

Center for Health Impact

Joanne L. Calista, Executive Director


Center for Health Impact LogoCenter for Health IMPACT, formerly know as Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing access to quality health care, promoting workforce development, and eliminating health disparities. Founded in 1982, Center for Health IMPACT advocates for improved quality of care for all Massachusetts adults, including those who are recent immigrants, non-native English speakers, and adults in under served populations. Center for Health IMPACT is a recognized leader in providing certificate courses tailored to public health professionals including Community Health Workers. Center for Health IMPACT helps prepare Community Health Workers to serve as a bridge between the health care system and the community member, offering health resources, information, and links to other health care services. Center for Health Impact trains medical interpreters to facilitate communication between patient and provider and improve access to quality care. They also offer multilingual interpreter and translation services, community-based training for medical students and residents, specialized training for health professionals on a variety of health care issues, and health career recruitment programs aimed at under served multilingual and multicultural communities. Additionally, they provide a Healthy Aging Initiatives program to improve quality care for older adults and adults nearing the end of life.

Central Mass Agency on Aging

Robert Dwyer, Executive Director
508-852-5539; 1-800-244-3032


Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging“Honoring Choices is about honoring life”, says Robert Dwyer, Executive Director, Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging. “Respecting the dignity and autonomy of each individual in the Commonwealth, Honoring Choices assists us in making Massachusetts a better place to live for the whole of our lives. Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is pleased to work for the betterment of us all.” Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA) is dedicated to understanding the needs of older adults, and seeking to be sure that those needs are met by way of the Older Americans Act. Located in West Boylston, CMAA provides education and outreach to older persons and their caregivers to inform them of local services and programs that can assist them to remain safely and securely in their communities. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for area older persons and caregivers. CMAA offers “The Guide to Elder Services,” a comprehensive directory of elder and caregiver programs throughout Central Massachusetts. This online database contains 859 agencies and 1163 program you can search by name or region. In collaboration with other organizations, CMAA provides a “Family Caregiver Guide” of agencies committed to assisting older adults and individuals with disabilities and caregivers, in 61 cities and towns in Central MA.


Theresa Ekstrom

Director of Adult Family Care

508-798-1900, Ext 252


Established in 1977, CENTRO, formerly Centro Las Americas, is the largest minority led, community based, multiservice, multicultural, multilingual, nonprofit organization in Central Massachusetts. CENTRO’s primary purpose is to assist individuals and families striving to reach self-sufficiency while promoting social responsibility, fostering cultural identity, and encouraging families to be significant contributors to the community as a whole.The Honoring Choices Programs are incorporated into the Adult Family Care (AFC) Program at CENTRO . It provides assistance to adults 16 years and older who, because of illness, weakness, disability, or advanced age, cannot live safely at home alone. As an AFC member, you will live with your trained Caregiver, who can be a family member or a nonfamily member. The Caregiver will provide assistance, prompting, or supervision with bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, ambulating/walking, and eating. The Caregiver will also provide transportation for medical appointments and be a good companion as well.This is a service provided to members of MassHealth, at no cost to the members.

Deborah Fins Associates, P.C.

Debbie Fins, LICSW, CMC


Deborah Fins  Associates LogoSince 1995, Deborah Fins Associates, PC in Worcester, provides personalized and compassionate elder care management services while being mindful of the financial costs of care. Debbie Fins, LICSW and certified geriatric care manager, and Susan Ritz, a registered and licensed occupational therapist and certified geriatric care manager, act as your partners in elder care management to help elders and their families navigate the aging process. They place elders at the center of all discussions and care planning, where wishes and goals are primary. Drawing on 35 years of professional experience, Debbie Fins and Susan Ritz offer a range of services that include a comprehensive functional assessment of a loved one, elder care plan development to coordinate your caregiver support team, and provide guidance in selecting appropriate care ranging from in-home support, to an assisted living or nursing home facility. They also help identify resources for financial support, prepare Mass Health and other benefit applications and insurance documents, and refer to other elder care professionals for needed services. Debbie and Susan respect that each family approaches care decisions within the framework of their individual care goals, history, and culture. Read more at Deborah Fins Associates, P.C and at Deb’s Blog

Health Alliance Hospital

Christine Dixon, RN BSN MMHC

Executive Director ACO Popluation Health

UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital

Leominster, MA

978 798-3171

We are working with the Palliative Care Team to support in-patient consultations and to collaborate with fellow care providers to properly refer patients to the palliative care program. The team uses the Honoring Choices program and tools to help engage adults in planning discussions to ensure they receive care that matches their care goals, values and choices.

Elizabeth L. Myska, JD, LLM; Attorney

Elizabeth L. Myska, Attorney, JD LLM



Photo of Attorney Elizabeth MyskaAttorney Elizabeth Myska serves clients of all ages in the Worcester Community, regarding legal matters with respect to “home and hearth”. Attorney Myska, concentrates her practice on estate planning and real estate matters. She can provide assistance to clients whether seeking a full estate plan, or a single legal document. As an Honoring Choices Community Partner, Attorney Myska can assist adults to complete a Durable Power of Attorney and other planning documents as requested.  Attorney Myska holds a LLM, a Masters of Laws in Elder Law and Estate Planning.

Notre Dame Health Center

Karen M. Laganelli, MHA, Chief Executive Officer

Meg Coffin, Executive Directive of du Lac Assisted Living



Notre Dame Health Care logo“Getting good care as we age and at the end of life is very much a part of Catholic health care”, says Meg Coffin, Executive Director of du Lac Assisted Living, Notre Dame Health Care.  Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and opened in 1993, Notre Dame Health Care serves as a source of “renewal, refreshment, and healthy living” for adults and families in Worcester and Central Massachusetts. Notre Dame Health Care provides exceptional care for the whole person with concern for the social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well being of their residents, patients, staff members, their families, and the community they serve.  Notre Dame Health Care “helps individuals achieve their own best level of wellness” through programs including assistance with aging in place, an assisted living residence, complex care management, educational resource center, licensed hospice provider, pediatric palliative care, post-acute recuperation, residential memory care, short-term rehabilitation, and a skilled nursing facility. They invite you to visit their  beautiful campus at 555-559 Plantation Street.

Laura Silver Traiger, Attorney; Starr Vander Linden LLP

Attorney Laura Silver Traiger

Seven State Street, Worcester


Attorney Laura Silver TraigerLaura Silver Traiger is an associate at the law firm of Starr Vander Linden LLP. Ms. Silver Traiger concentrates on the legal issues facing older and disabled clients, including estate and Medicaid planning, public benefits protection using special needs trusts, guardianships and estate administration. As a Community Partner, Attorney Silver Traiger offers to assist clients by drafting documents such as a Health Care Proxy or a Durable Power of Attorney, or other estate planning documents. Ms. Traiger is an active member with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, currently serving as its President-Elect.  She is also involved with the Worcester County Bar Association, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Probate Committee, and the Greater Worcester Alzheimer’s Partnership. She also serves on the advisory committee for the money management program of Elder Services of Worcester and mentors for the Elder Law project of the Women’s Bar Foundation.

Tri-Valley Inc.

Marilyn L. Travinski, Executive Director/CEO



Tri-Valley Inc. LogoTri-Valley, Inc., located in Dudley, is a private, non-profit agency providing information, referrals, and care management for elders and individuals with disabilities in South Central Massachusetts. The mission of Tri-Valley, Inc. is to promote and maintain an optimal level of independence, dignity and well-being for elders and individuals with disabilities by providing information, advocacy, in home care and access to quality community services and resources, as well as caregiver support.  You can contact them at 508-949-6640 or 1-800-286-6640 (toll-free within Massachusetts).