HESSCO Area Plan 2018-2021

Introduction: Since 1977, Health and Social Services Consortium, Inc. (HESSCO) has served the communities of South Norfolk County as the leader in aging services through designing and delivering a comprehensive system of services and supports to empower older adults, their families and caregivers. On a daily basis, older adults access care and support through HESSCO to maintain independence and age with dignity in the place of their choosing. HESSCO has a program service area that encompasses twelve towns in South Norfolk County. The towns served are: Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood and Wrentham. According to 2010 census data, collectively these towns are home to over 41,000 residents age 60 and over. In 1965 the Older Americans Act enacted by Congress authorized many of the programs and services that continue to provide critical support to elders, especially those who are socially and economically isolated. This Act, reauthorized most recently in 2016, provides the foundation for the network of over 600 Area Agencies on Aging across the United States and territories. HESSCO is one of 22 Area Agencies on Aging in Massachusetts. HESSCO also serves as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) within Massachusetts. Nineteen of these ASAPs are co-located with the Area Agency on Aging as in the HESSCO model. In its role as the Area Agency on Aging HESSCO plays a significant role in planning and community development. HESSCO leverages its expertise and resources to identify community needs, advocate for public policies and regulations that support positive aging, develop new programs to address emerging needs, build coalitions and engage stakeholders in addressing the needs of older adults. In developing this Area Plan, HESSCO has actively sought information on local needs of older adults, researched trends and available data, and accessed state and federal guidance to ensure that this plan will provide a roadmap for HESSCO to achieve its mission of empowering older adults, their families and caregivers to live with dignity and in the manner and place of their choosing.

HESSCO Area Plan 2018-2021