Home Care

The home care program provides a variety of services to people 60 and over who meet state-mandated guidelines for income and physical need for services. If the need for services includes relief for a caregiver, there are not any income limits. In all cases, there is a sliding fee scale.

Personal Care Attendant

The Personal Care Attendant program (PCA) is available to people of any age who have MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth and need assistance with at least two activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, taking medications, eating, transferring or moving inside of the home.


The Ethos Nutrition program started in 1973 and is one of more than 5,000 local Senior Nutrition Programs in the United States. Through its home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) and congregate meals (Community Cafés)  programs, Ethos provides well over 8,000 meals to seniors who need them each day.

Money Management

Ethos’ Boston Money Management Program affirms the missions of Ethos and our partners in the aging services field by facilitating payments of essential expenses for at-risk elderly and disabled clients to stabilize independent living within their communities.

Options Counseling

Options Counseling provides seniors over 60 and people with disabilities of any age with the information they need on long-term services and supports in order to live independently in their community, regardless of disability or income.


The SHINE Program (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) is a state health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers.

Healthy Aging Programs

Ethos offers a variety of evidence-based, healthy aging classes, free of charge, to give participants the skills and confidence to manage their health and either prevent or delay chronic conditions and live healthier, more active lives.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The Long Term Care Ombudsman program is a federally funded program that protects the rights of all people in nursing homes and rest homes. Specially trained volunteers and staff visit each nursing facility and rest home in the City of Boston on a regular basis and meet with residents and their families.

LGBT Programs

Ethos has long been a leader in taking on the challenges facing elders and, finding solutions to the vexing knot of problems that—often prematurely—push the isolated and homebound into nursing homes.