Nestled in Essex County between the Merrimack River and the New Hampshire border, Merrimac is a quaint New England town of just under 7,000 residents. Seniors in this small community make up a significant 19.3% of the population and enjoy amenities including an active senior center, a central town square surrounded by Victorian architecture and over 900 acres of scenic farmland. Seniors can stroll along the two-mile Jay McLaren Memorial Trail, picnic at Lake Attitash or take a quick 30-minute ride to the scenic Atlantic coast at Plum Island or Hampton Beach State Park.

Merrimac seniors pay an average monthly rate of $5,291 for homemaker services and home health aides at approximately $27.75 an hour. According to Genworth’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey, this is a significantly higher cost than the median national rates. Nationwide, seniors pay an average of $1,000 less per month for homemaker services and approximately $900 less for the services of a home health aide.

Note: Home care cost data wasn’t available for Merrimac, so data for the closest area, Manchester, NH, was used.

At Caring.com, we’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of every home care provider in the Merrimac 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 Merrimac, MA

2017, 2020

Right at Home Haverhill, MA

350 Main Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830

Very professional service. Home makers were very hard and dedicated workers. Office workers and home makers had excellent customer service skills. Employees were always on time. I would highly recomme … (read more)
Very professional service. Home makers were very hard and dedicated workers. Office workers and home makers had excellent customer service skills. Employees were always on time. I would highly recomme … (read more)

Home Instead Senior Care – North Andover, MA

231 Sutton St, Suite 2H, North Andover, MA, 01845

My sister and I contacted Home Instead in North Andover at a difficult moment, when our father began to exhibit signs of serious mental decline that called for 24/7 assistance, when we each lived some … (read more)
My sister and I contacted Home Instead in North Andover at a difficult moment, when our father began to exhibit signs of serious mental decline that called for 24/7 assistance, when we each lived some … (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


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)

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)

Truly Cherished Home Care LLC

305 Whiney St, suite G4, Leominster, MA, 01453

Very caring and excellent caregivers, my mom was really happy to have them as her carers.
Very caring and excellent caregivers, my mom was really happy to have them as her carers.

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.

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



GIA Home Care Services LLC

316 MAIN ST Suite 500, Worcester, MA, 01608


Assurance Homecare LLC

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


Namaste Home Care

1 Canal Street, Suite 101A, Lawrence, MA, 01840


Global Care Provider LLC

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


Merrimac 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 Merrimac:

Massachusetts Home Care Program

Address: One Ashburton Place, 5 floor, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (800) 243-4636

Through this state program, Merrimac seniors can receive in-home services. These can include assistance with activities of daily living such as eating and bathing, housekeeping and meal preparation. Seniors must be at least 60 years old, meet income requirements and pay monthly co-payments based on a sliding income scale.

Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill

Address: 10 Phoenix Row, Haverhill, MA, 01832
Phone: (978) 469-0800

This nonprofit organization works with volunteers, including highly skilled carpenters, masons and electricians, to provide home improvements and repairs to the residences of low-income seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. Rehabilitation projects can improve home accessibility and energy efficiency. Seniors must call the office to request a mailed application. 

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Services (Meals on Wheels)

Address: 280 Merrimack Street, Ste. 400, Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: (800) 892-0890

A federally funded nutrition program, Meals on Wheels uses volunteers to deliver meals directly to homebound seniors and people with disabilities. These well-balanced meals can accommodate specialized, prescription diets. Meals are free with a $2.00 suggested donation, and adults must be at least 60 years old to qualify.

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

Address: 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (800) 392-6089

Merrimac seniors may be eligible to receive a tax credit of up to $1,100 through their state income tax return. Credits are based on the property taxes of the rented or owned home serving as the senior’s primary residence. To qualify, seniors must be at least 65 years old and meet certain income criteria. Applications should be submitted as a Schedule CB completed with the senior’s personal tax return. 

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.