Outreach & Referral

The Council on Aging offers Outreach to seniors to assist with

  • Applications
  • Insurance
  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • PACE (fuel assistance)
  • Information on Assisted Living Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Care Services
  • Food Pantry

Our Outreach Worker can assist with many of these topics and will provide you with the resources you need to maintain a quality standard of life. Feel free to reach out to Matthew at 508-999-4717, ext. 3312, or email Matthew Danserea.

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The Dartmouth Council On Aging provides the following transportation services to all senior or handicapped Dartmouth residents:

Transportation to the Center

Prepare to be picked up between 9 and 9:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. A ride will bring you home between 12 and 12:30. If you would like to eat lunch at the Center, please see the menu (see Newsletter) and call Coastline at 508-742-9192 to make a reservation.

Transportation to Doctors' Offices

Rides are available for appointments with local doctors. For more information, please call Angela at the Center. Scheduled shopping trips are always displayed in bold on our monthly calendar. See the current Newsletter.

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Medical Shed

Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm.

Items in our medical shed are available to all Dartmouth Senior residents to borrow as needed. We just ask that you return them for the next person when you no longer need them.

  • Canes,
  • Crutches,
  • Walkers,
  • Rollators,
  • Wheel Chairs,
  • Commodes,
  • Grab Bars,
  • Shower Chairs and Benches
  • Bed Rails

Items may or may not be available depending on our supply at the time you contact us. Stop by to check availability. We are also accepting donations of gently used items any of the equipment listed previously. Thank-you. If you have any questions just give us a call.

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SHINE Counselor

  • Free individual health insurance assistance

SHINE is an acronym that stands for Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone. SHINE is a state health insurance assistance program that provides Massachusetts residents who have Medicare, free health insurance information, counseling and assistance.

A SHINE counselor is a volunteer who is trained and certified by the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs in many areas of health insurance, including Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D; Medigap insurance, Medicare HMOs, retiree insurance plans, prescription drug programs, Medicaid, and Medicare assistance programs.

Contact our Outreach Department to find out more information about this free service and to schedule an appointment.

More information about the SHINE program is available at the Health Insurance Counseling site.

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Legal Assistance

- free individual legal consultations

The Council On Aging hosts free, brief individual legal consultations at the Center through two area law firms.

  • Brandon Walecka, P.C.
  • South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.

Brandon Walecka, P.C.

  • Brief session of 15 minutes

Topics Can Include

  • Durable Power Of Attorney
  • Massachusetts Health Care Proxy
  • Living Wills
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Veteran's Benefits


  • Every other month starting every January,
  • Usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month,
  • Booked between 10 to 11 am

To Book An Appointment

  • Call the Center and speak with Angela or Ellen. This is a popular service, so it is important to book early.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.

  • Brief session of 15 to 30 minutes specifically for Seniors 60 and over, focusing on seniors with the greatest economic and social need.

Topics Can Include

  • SSI and Social Security applications, denials, terminations, and/or overpayments
  • Subsidized housing matters such as evictions, hearings, or transfers
  • Public Benefit Cases such as SNAP, community and long term care, Medicaid, and Medicare
  • Physical and/or Financial Abuse
  • Nursing home related problems such as discharges, transfers, Medicaid, and denial of payment.


  • Several times during the year

To Book An Appointment

  • Call the Center and speak with Angela or Ellen.

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Tax Assistance

Free assistance with tax return preparation is available at the Center by appointment. It is provided through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and local tax expert volunteers. Appointments start in February and may be scheduled beginning in mid January. Call the Center and ask for Angela. This service is intended for low to moderate income seniors.

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Photo ID Cards

Photo ID cards are available at the Center for Dartmouth residents with proof of residency. Accepted documents include phone bill, utility bill, tax bill or license with name and address. Call to schedule appointment.

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Paper Shredding

A paper shredder is available in the lobby at the Center for use 9 am - 3 pm.

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Thrift Store

The Dartmouth Friends of The Elderly run the Dartmouth Thrift Store. The Thrift Store is located at the far side of the Council parking lot and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm. Housewares, domestic items, clean clothing, accessories, jewelry and small furniture pieces are all accepted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to noon

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