Carleton-Willard is proudly not-for-profit, with a tradition of generosity that goes back to 1884.


Residents and staff make regular donations to the Bedford Food Pantry

Our commitment is to our residents and the community at large, not to shareholders. We are governed by a
local, volunteer board of trustees. As we have grown, so have the services we provide to the surrounding community. Some of the programs developed specifically to address the needs of older adults residing in Bedford and nearby towns include:

  • Wheels of Life – Provides transportation for seniors who need access to Boston-area physicians and hospitals. Over 400 medical trips are funded each year at no cost to Bedford residents. Coordinated through the Bedford Council on Aging (COA).
  • Elders Safe At Home – A joint program of the Bedford COA and the Bedford Police and Fire Departments, providing free assessments of seniors’ homes for safety and security.
  • Senior Center Lunch Program – Hot lunches are prepared in Carleton-Willard’s kitchens and served three days a week at the Bedford COA. Presented in partnership with Minuteman Senior Services.
  • Carleton-Willard At Home – Our flagship outreach program, At Home provides older adults in six surrounding communities with home maintenance, transportation, home health services, and social and educational opportunities that enable them to successfully and safely remain in their own homes as they age.

We also support many local organizations financially and in kind, with use of our facilities and other services. And what we do as an organization is only part of the story – our employees are also generous, supporting causes such as Alzheimer’s research, the local food pantry, scholarship funds, women’s shelters, and much more.


It has been a lifesaver to have Carleton-Willard fund the Wheels of Life program. There was a big need for medical transportation for Bedford residents who have given up their license or just don’t feel as comfortable driving. We feel lucky to have C-W partner with us!

Lori Wittner, Director, Bedford Council on Aging