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MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
By DebraMcDonagh / June 1, 2020

MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM

Am I a family caregiver?

  • If you care for a loved one who is an older adult, or has
  • a disability or illness, you are a family caregiver.
  • The care could include helping with finances, grocery shopping, transporting, cleaning, or cooking.
  • You could be caring for a spouse, parent, grandparent, adult child, grandchild, friend, or neighbor.

Do I need family caregiver support?

  • Caregiving can be rewarding and fulfilling, but can also take an emotional, physical, and financial toll.
    • For example, providing care can lead to fatigue, stress, worry, missed work, and time spent away from family, friends, or hobbies.

What is the Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program?

  • The Family Caregiver Support Program provides free support services to eligible caregivers.
  • The program is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and provided by your local Aging Services Access Point (ASAP). ASAPs are regional non-profits dedicated to aging services.

Who is eligible for the Family Caregiver Support Program?

  • You are eligible if you are an adult who is…
  • caring for an older adult (60 years of age or older) caring for an individual living with dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease)
  • age 55 or older caring for a child under age 18
  • age 55 or older caring for someone with a disability

How can the Family Caregiver Support Program help me?

  • Family Caregiver Specialists can, at no cost to you, facilitate...
  • Access
  • Refer you to services and resources in your community Counseling and training
  • Advise you one-on-one
  • Help you plan for care wherever your loved one lives Organize caregiver support groups
  • Run workshops and training Provide educational materials Respite care
  • Relieve you temporarily from your caregiving responsibilities so you can get the rest and respite you need

How do I connect with the Family Caregiver Support Program?

If you live in MetroWest in one of the town on this Map, contact BayPath's Caregiver Specialist, Donna Murray at 508-573-7239 and leave a voicemail ,or email at: dmurray@baypath.org

If you live in a town outside of those listed above, you can call MassOptions at 844-422-6277 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon – Fri Someone will connect you with a Family Caregiver Specialist at your local Aging Services Access Point!

Visit Mass.gov/family-caregiver-support-program for more on:

 

 

 

 

To download this information in a 2 page flyer from Mass.gov: click here

 



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BayPath Elder Services, Inc

Caregiving MetroWest is a no-cost program of BayPath Elder Services, Inc. and was made possible in part by grants from the MetroWest Health Foundation.

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BayPath Elder Services, Inc.'s Family Caregiver Support Program and Caregiving MetroWest are grateful for the generous support of our community partner, Avidia Bank, which helps us continue to give area family caregivers the information, resources and support they need.