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Needham Resources

Town Hall Sign
The Town Hall and its golden dome make a striking sight in downtown Needham/Photos by Douglas Flynn

Not sure where to start?
An excellent starting point for any caregiver is a call to your local ASAP's information and referral department to learn about all the services and resources available in your area. The ASAP information and referral department can provide valuable guidance and assistance throughout your caregiving journey. Your town's Council on Aging is another essential tool to help you understand and access available resources for your loved one.

Aging Services Access Point/AAA


307 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 205
Waltham, MA 02452



Aging Services Access Points, commonly referred to as ASAPs, are one-stop entry points for all of the services and benefits available to seniors in Massachusetts. ASAPs manage the Massachusetts Home Care Program, Meals on Wheels, Money Management Program and Caregiver Support Program, as well as provide information and referrals for senior services such as home care, housing options, public benefits, legal assistance, hospice care, the ombudsman program, health insurance, senior companions and adult day care. Springwell also serves as a federal Area Agency on Aging (AAA), receiving and disbursing federal funding under the Older Americans Act.

Senior Center/Council on Aging

Needham Council on Aging

Acting Director: Latanya Steele
Center at the Heights
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02492



Councils on Aging (COAs) are local volunteer organizations that offer information and direct services to seniors, their caregivers and other people with aging issues. COAs are part of the local government, and work with other senior agencies and city/town departments to provide social, recreational, health, safety and educational programs for seniors in their communities. Most COAs operate Senior Centers for area residents age 60 or older. COAs are also home to each town’s SHINE Program representatives, who provide free, confidential and unbiased health insurance information, assistance and counseling.

Town Departments

Veterans Benefits

Contact: Sarada Kalpee
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492


Needham Commission on Disabilities

Co-Chair: Elaine Saunders
Needham Town Hall
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492


A statue of kids playing
This statue in the park alongside the Needham Town Hall captures the joy of youth in the form of kids playing
/Photo by Douglas Flynn

Community Groups

Neighbor Brigade – Needham chapter

Neighbor Brigade is a non-profit organization that establishes and mobilizes community-based networks of volunteers to provide immediate and free assistance to neighbors experiencing sudden crises such as cancer treatment, illness, accident or other tragedy. Neighbor Brigade volunteers provide critical support services such as home-delivered meals, transportation to and from medical appointments and home maintenance help.


Needham Council on Aging B.A.G.S. Program

COA B.A.G.S. Program provides transportation and assistance for in-store shopping for Needham residents age 60 or older. Home delivery is an option for elders unable to go to store. No fee, donations accepted. In addition, the COA has entered a partnership with Charles River ARC where ARC clients will shop for elders.



Home Delivered Meals

Needham Health Department

Contact: Maryanne Dinell

Need-based guidelines apply; private pay. 1 hot, 1 cold meal five days a week; by request, meals for weekend can be arranged and delivered on Thursday or Friday; 3-day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) option also available; contract cost $5.25 per day

781-455-7500 x257

Community Dining Sites

Center at the Heights

300 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02492


Meal times: Monday-Friday, 11:45 a.m. Call day before by 11 a.m. for reservation.
Cost: A donation of $2 for all meals is requested to help defray the cost.

Statue of kids on a bench
Other children in statue form enjoy a quieter pursuit, reading a book on a Needham Town Common bench/Photo by Douglas Flynn

Food Pantries

Needham Community Council Food Pantry

570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.

Must live in Needham and have a written letter of referral from either the Needham Housing Authority, if you live in Housing, or the Needham Board of Health.


Grocers that deliver to Needham

Crescent Ridge

781-784-2740 x103


Delivery fee is $2; minimum order $7.50; please call for list of grocery options and delivery information

Dover Market

14 Springdale Avenue
Dover, MA


$18 delivery charge; no minimum order; call by 11 a.m. for same-day delivery; deliveries Monday-Thursday only

Peapod, a Stop & Shop delivery service



Internet orders
$60 minimum order, fee $9.95, $100 or more, fee $6.95

Roche Bros.



No minimum order, fee $9.95 for internet orders, $14.95 for call-in orders

Pharmacies that deliver to Needham

Health First Pharmacy

1670 Commonwealth Avenue
Brighton, MA 02135


Free delivery


585 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026


Free delivery, Monday, Wednesday, Friday; give 24-hour notice.

Route 135
A look across Route 135 in downtown Needham/Photo by Douglas Flynn

Laundries that pick up and deliver to Needham

Royal White Laundry and Dry Cleaners


Call by Tuesday for Wednesday pickup.

Elm Street Laundry and Dry Cleaning

Contact: Jim McElroy



Needham Council on Aging

The COA provides Needham elders with handicapped-accessible transportation Monday through Friday to COA activities and the Community Dining Site located at the Center at the Heights. Handicapped-accessible van also available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for trips to Roche Brothers and Sudbury Farms. Call for schedule.


Needham Community Council

Medical transportation for Needham residents 60 and older to medical appointments within town of Needham and to neighboring communities, including Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Dedham Medical. Three days’ notice required. Also van for personal errands within Needham on Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Two days’ notice requested. Donations accepted for both services.


Senior Medical Escort Program (Springwell)

Program matches seniors with volunteers to drive and/or accompany them to medical appointments monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Boston and the western suburbs. Individuals must be 60 or over, unable to get to medical appointments independently and able to get in and out of car with minimal assistance. Rider responsible for tolls and parking fees. Requested donation is $4 each way. Call Carol Woolfe at Springwell at least two weeks before appointment to make request. If no match is possible, the senior will be notified one week before the appointment to make other arrangements.


Busy Bee

Springwell-funded medical transportation Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to medical appointments outside of Needham and to the major hospitals in Boston. Appointments should be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to ensure a ride each way. Reservations must be made at least three business days in advance. Donation of $4 each way requested. Notify dispatcher if bringing an escort.


The RIDE (handicapped accessible transportation operated by MBTA)

Medical and non-medical transportation on space-available basis. Requires application (Needham COA Outreach can assist) and face-to-face interview.

617-222-5123 for interview appointment; 888-920-7433 to set up ride

Clients maintain a balance of funds with the RIDE. Costs are $3 or $5 each way, depending on length of trip and advance booking.

Home Health Care, Homemaking and Personal Care Agencies in Needham

Centrus Premier Home Care, Inc.

75 Second Avenue, Suite 303
Needham, MA 02494

781-400-7080; 877-606-2946


Medicare certified

Commonwealth Caregivers, Inc.

56 Pickering Street
Needham, MA 02492



Family Care Extended

687 Highland Avenue, Third Floor
Needham, MA 02494


Medicare certified

Family Friends Home Care

13 Highland Circle
Needham, MA 02494



Griswold Home Care of MetroWest Boston

124 Crescent Road
Needham, MA 02494



Home Staff

254 Second Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

781-431-1484; 508-658-7714



North Hill Home Health Care

865 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

781-433-6308; 877-736-4371


Medicare certified

Senior Bridge Family Companies

75 Second Avenue, Suite 540
Needham, MA 02494


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VNA Care Network and Hospice

175 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02494



Medicare certified

Adult Day Care Facilities in Needham

Otrada Adult Day Health

185 Second Street
Needham, MA 02492


Has Russian speaking staff

Memory Cafes in Needham

Needham Memory Cafe

Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492


Meets on second Wednesday of each month, 1-2 p.m.

Subsidized Housing in Needham

Needham Housing Authority

28 Robert Cook Drive
Needham, MA 02494



Locations: 15-30, 39-43 Chambers Street, 130-190 Linden Street, High Rock Street, Seabeds Way

Chestnut Hollow

141 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02494


Stephen Palmer Apartments

83 Pickering Street
Needham, MA 02494


Equity Residential Properties
Nehoiden Glen

1045 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02494


Petrini Corporation
Rosemary Street

187 Rosemary Street
Needham, MA 02494


Assisted Living Facilities in Needham

Avery Crossings

110 West Street
Needham, MA 02494


Traditional Units: 60
Alzheimer/Dementia Special Care Units: 0

Avita of Needham

880 Greendale Ave.
Needham, MA 02492


Traditional Units: 0
Alzheimer/Dementia Special Care Units: 64

Chestnut Hollow Apartments in Needham

141 Chestnut St.
Needham, MA 02492


Traditional Units: 28
Alzheimer/Dementia Special Care Units: 0

The Residences at Wingate

235 Gould Street
Needham, MA 02494


Traditional Units: 54
Alzheimer/Dementia Special Care Units: 37

Nursing Homes in Needham

Briarwood Rehabilitation and HealthCare Center

150 Lincoln Street
Needham, MA 02492


Number of beds: 120
Notes: Medicare certified, Medicaid certified

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Avery

100 West Street
Needham, MA 02194


Number of beds: 142
Notes: Medicare certified, Medicaid certified

Skilled Nursing Facility at North Hill

865 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02492


Number of beds: 72
Notes: Medicare certified, Medicaid certified, Respite services, Hospice, Wander Guard system

Wingate at Needham

589 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02194


Number of beds: 142
Notes: Medicare certified, Medicaid certified

In-Home Hospice Agencies in Needham

VNA Care Network & Hospice
Needham Office

175 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02494



Resident Hospice Facilities in Needham

VNA Care Hospice
Stanley Tippett Home

920 South Street
Needham, MA

Beds: 10

All referrals: 800-728-1862

Hospitals in Needham

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham

148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492



Clinics in Needham

CareWell Urgent Care

922 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02494



Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

This is a partial listing courtesy of CaregivingMetroWest.org. CaregivingMetroWest.org does not license, endorse or recommend any providers. For more information call Springwell at 617-926-4100.

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