UPDATE! This position is now filled. Thanks to all who spread the word!

Live-in Personal Care Assistant needed for a 93-year-old man in a large, comfortable house in Ashfield, MA. This is a 20 hour a week, contracted part time position. A detailed list of duties is below.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible. To apply, please submit the following to Preston’s daughter Sarah Browning at
• Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience
• Resume and contact information for three references

Feel free to email Sarah with questions. No phone inquiries, please.

A detailed list of the resident assistant’s expected duties is listed below.

Skills, Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Personal care experience is essential; interest in or background in the literary arts a big plus.
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • A working vehicle and a valid driver’s license. 
  • Basic computer skills.


  • $2000/month.  The position is contracted and the care assistant will receive a yearly 1099 tax form.
  • Housing in an on-site, private three room suite. Two bathrooms are located on the same floor. The care assistant will have access to a large, working kitchen and comfortable living room with a working fireplace.
  • All utilities, including wifi, and laundry facilities provided.
  • Two weeks paid vacation (dates to be coordinated with the family).
  • Open to an individual or a couple.


  • The family is actively involved.
  • There will be other guests in the house from time to time.
  • There is another care provider who comes in daily to assist with breakfast and light housework.
  • Start date July 2022.

Detailed duties:

Medical / Care Tasks

  • check in with client three times daily and keep in contact with daughter about healthcare issues
  • assist with showering and other personal care as needed
  • help client onto and off bicycle for exercise, 5 times weekly
  • walk with client several times per week
  • prep and provide dinners and dessert for client each night, and occasionally for visiting guests
  • coordinate care with additional support staff
  • assist with breakfast meal prep when additional support staff are not available
  • assist with scheduling doctors’ appointments and assist with calls
  • provide rides to doctor appointments, attend appointments, take notes and report back to the family
  • stock client’s pills (weekly)
  • check pillbox daily to make sure client is taking pills (2-3 times daily)
  • call in prescription refills; pick up prescriptions
  • check client’s hearing aids, change batteries

Household Tasks

  • check and sort mail every other day, forward financial mail to family
  • assist with checking phone messages
  • send out mail, occasional banking when needed
  • maintain contact with family on any issues that arise
  • purchase groceries and household supplies (funding provided)
  • take out compost, trash, recycling
  • water plants throughout house
  • assist with personal and household laundry, as needed
  • stock bathrooms
  • light housework
  • maintain, monitor heat usage (seasonal)
  • set out, replace traps as needed, call exterminator when needed

Seasonal Yardwork/Housework Tasks

  • stock wood in shed, in sun room, and by fireplace, gather kindling (seasonal)
  • shovel snow, salt walkways (seasonal)
  • pick up salt, as needed, from nearby highway department (seasonal)
  • maintain, schedule any house and appliance repairs


  • assist with scheduling social visits
  • attend/assist with visits as needed
  • weekly drives through countryside
  • set up movies for evening entertainment
  • assist with technical issues with computer, email as needed
  • locate files, emails, books etc. as needed
  • assist with client writing projects, as appropriate