Established in 1819, the town of Essex is in Essex County, only 26 miles north of Boston. It’s home to approximately 3,500 people. Essex County has 791,000 residents, 17% of whom are seniors 65 or older. Nature lovers can visit the Crane Wildlife Refuge while those who love the sea can find gorgeous views along Essex Bay, which opens onto the Atlantic via Ipswich Bay. Essex River cruises are a great way to learn about the area’s natural beauty, and those who prefer recreation on land can pick apples and sample wine at Russell Orchards.

Seniors who want to remain in their homes as they age in Essex can benefit from the area’s quality home care agencies. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019, homemaker services cost about $5,434 per month in Essex, while lighter care for a home health aide costs $5,482, or $28.50 per hour for either type of care. That’s much higher than the average national average of $22.50 for homemaker services and $23 per hour for a home health aide.

Note: Home care cost data wasn’t available for Essex, so data for the closest city, Boston, was used.

At Caring.com, we’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of every home care provider in the Essex area – complete with types of care provided, services offered and reviews from families who’ve actually used the service. In addition to our in-depth provider listings, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help seniors and their families access all the tools they need to age in place safely and gracefully.

Directory of Home Care Services in Essex, MA

Right at Home Salem Marblehead

6 Lynde Street, Salem, MA, 01970

My family member has been receiving services from Right At Home since 2017. We have been so grateful for the well trained, highly professional aides who have cared for her with compassion and skill a … (read more)
My family member has been receiving services from Right At Home since 2017. We have been so grateful for the well trained, highly professional aides who have cared for her with compassion and skill a … (read more)

Meetcaregivers, Inc.

124 Vernon St. , Newton, MA, 02458

MeetCaregivers is a fabulous agency. They are responsive and sensitive to the needs of the client and family, and work hard to find the right match(es). For example, my mother was extremely hard of … (read more)
MeetCaregivers is a fabulous agency. They are responsive and sensitive to the needs of the client and family, and work hard to find the right match(es). For example, my mother was extremely hard of … (read more)

Senior Helpers Boston North

153 Andover St, Suite 203, Danvers, MA, 01923

The help from Senior Helpers Boston North is fine. They send me some young people who needed some training, but evidently they trained them to listen carefully and follow instructions. They’re doing t … (read more)
The help from Senior Helpers Boston North is fine. They send me some young people who needed some training, but evidently they trained them to listen carefully and follow instructions. They’re doing t … (read more)

Griswold Home Care

9 Bartlet St., Suite 143, Andover, MA, 01810


Home Instead Senior Care – Peabody, MA

26-28 West St, Suite 108, Peabody, MA, 01960


BrightStar Care Danvers / North Shore

85 Constitution Lane, Suite 200F, Danvers, MA, 01923

They send good quality caregivers. I would like more information about the company like about their clients and what they’re supposed to do. They didn’t give us a lot of information.
They send good quality caregivers. I would like more information about the company like about their clients and what they’re supposed to do. They didn’t give us a lot of information.

Help in Home

841 Main Street, West Newbury, MA, 01985

I chose them after speaking to the owner. He called me back right away and we spoke on the phone. He was actually the only person that called me back after I had reached out to them. Their care we’re … (read more)
I chose them after speaking to the owner. He called me back right away and we spoke on the phone. He was actually the only person that called me back after I had reached out to them. Their care we’re … (read more)

Nurta Home Healthcare – Lynn, MA

330 Lynnway, Suite 346, Lynn, MA, 01901

I have been using this for agency for few months now, they’re amazing, very caring, great service, nothing but the best. Caregivers arrive on time to care for my aunty. My Initial call and request f … (read more)
I have been using this for agency for few months now, they’re amazing, very caring, great service, nothing but the best. Caregivers arrive on time to care for my aunty. My Initial call and request f … (read more)

Associated Home Care, Inc.

495 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, 01915

Associated Home Care is very good. They clean and take me grocery shopping. Each caregiver comes once a week, and each is very friendly and cooperative. I’m happy with the communication from the home … (read more)
Associated Home Care is very good. They clean and take me grocery shopping. Each caregiver comes once a week, and each is very friendly and cooperative. I’m happy with the communication from the home … (read more)

Plan B Home Care

100 Trade Center, Ste. G700, Woburn, MA, 01801

A friend recommended Plan B to me. We’ve been pleased with everything. Esther is good in checking and communicating with me. She’s on top of everything. My parents like their caregivers. They’re doing … (read more)
A friend recommended Plan B to me. We’ve been pleased with everything. Esther is good in checking and communicating with me. She’s on top of everything. My parents like their caregivers. They’re doing … (read more)

Comfort Keepers of the North Shore

129 Dodge Street, Suite One, Beverly, MA, 01915

Comfort Keepers was just fine. They helped my mother with the chores around the house and with the laundry. They showed up on time, called ahead, and managed appropriately.
Comfort Keepers was just fine. They helped my mother with the chores around the house and with the laundry. They showed up on time, called ahead, and managed appropriately.

All Care VNA, Hospice & Home Care

16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA, 01901

Not a fan. They come for my mom. They look thru drawers and closets as if it’s not someone’s home and the constant threats to discharge her is why I wouldn’t recommend them. My mom is poor and i … (read more)
Not a fan. They come for my mom. They look thru drawers and closets as if it’s not someone’s home and the constant threats to discharge her is why I wouldn’t recommend them. My mom is poor and i … (read more)

Altranais Home Care

1501 Main St Suite 32, Tewksbury, MA, 01876

Worst company ever, not helpful. My husband and I lost all our hours thanks to them. Stay as far away from this compa y a’s possible. They don’t even answer calls or pays employees
Worst company ever, not helpful. My husband and I lost all our hours thanks to them. Stay as far away from this compa y a’s possible. They don’t even answer calls or pays employees

Bring Care Home

10 South Main Street, Suite 208, Topsfield, MA, 01833


Clark Care Inc.

533 Main Street,, Winchester, MA, 01890



GIA Home Care Services LLC

316 MAIN ST Suite 500, Worcester, MA, 01608


Assurance Homecare LLC

143 Essex Street, Suite 271, Haverhill, MA, 01832



Global Care Provider LLC

56 Central Ave, Suite 308, Lynn, MA, 01901


Essex Home Care Resources 

Home care services are only one of the pieces needed for seniors to gracefully age in place. There are many services and programs that are low-cost or free, that enable seniors to enjoy an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own home, such as help with home modifications, meal delivery services, and more. Below, we’ve compiled a few of the most helpful resources in Essex:

Open Door Food Pantry

Address: 00 Southern Heights, Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: (978) 283-6776 

Open Door provides food and holiday baskets to qualified seniors. Donations from the community enable the organization to help seniors and families in need. Applications for assistance are available at the food pantry.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Address: 45 Congress Street, Suite 4120, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 825-7300

Seniors in Essex may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This federal program is administered by the state through the regional Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). SNAP provides a monthly benefit that can be used to buy food. Eligible seniors are low-income and U.S. citizens or legal noncitizen residents. There are financial and nonfinancial eligibility requirements. Call the program directly for more information.

Action, Inc.

Address: 180 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-7874

This agency, located in Gloucester, covers the Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich and Manchester areas and offers low-income seniors home energy services like help paying for heat, heating system maintenance and weatherization. Learn more about the Citgo Free Oil Heat program

Homestead Exemptions for Property Tax

Address: Northern Essex Registry of Deeds, 354 Merrimack Street. Suite 304 (C), Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: (978) 557-1900

In Massachusetts, seniors 70 and older may be exempt from some or all of their property tax requirements. Although this is a state mandate that exempts up to $500,000 of the value of a senior-owned primary residence, local governments administer the program and determine eligibility. Check with the local municipality to apply.

Determining Your Loved One’s Need for In-Home Care

Aging can be a difficult process, and loved ones may not always ask for help – often times it’s up to their family to evaluate their need for help around the house. While no two situations are exactly alike, this checklist can help you and your loved ones determine when it’s time to start the search for a home care provider.


Guidelines for Talking About In-Home Care

If you’ve determined that your loved one needs the assistance of a care provider in their home, it may be time for a difficult conversation. Handled correctly, however, this process can bring a family together and ensure that everyone’s concerns are addressed. Use this PDF as a starting point to help the conversation stay as positive and productive as possible.