Are you a Caregiver?
Caregiving Tip of the Month
What would you do with 15 minutes?
November is Family Caregiver Month. During November we take time recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. We are grateful for the contributions of family caregivers and thank you for all you do.
For more information on policy updates, research and caregiving in the news visit the Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program newsletter.
Caregiving: You’re Not Alone
"There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." – Rosalynn Carter
Programs and Services for Caregivers
Are you caring for an older family member? Are you a grandparent (55+) caring for a grandchild? Or a relative (55+) caring for an individual with a disability? The Family Caregiver Support Program may be able to help you. Find out more by calling (800) 243-4636 and asking to speak with a Caregiver Specialist.
This program can help you care for a member of your family. A Caregiver Specialist will create a plan and give you tips and support.
Hiring In-Home Help and Support
Family caregivers cannot do everything all the time and may want to consider hiring someone to help. Finding the right person to help your family member can be complicated and the safety of your family member should be the top priority.
- AARP's How to Hire Caregiver defines the different types of in-home caregivers, as well as offers steps to take when hiring a caregiver.
- The Family Caregiver Alliance's Hiring In-Home Help includes key questions to ask when hiring a caregiver.
- Medicare's Home Health Compare helps you to compare home health agencies.
- Massachusetts' Personal Care Attendance Program includes a list of Personal Care Management (PCM) Agencies which can help you find a PCA.
Technology for Caregivers
Technology has changed a lot over the years and is becoming useful in ways we never could have imagined. Today, there are many tools that can help family caregivers and their families. These include websites, apps, sensors, devices and digital health platforms. Technology helps caregivers find what they need, stay organized, and connect with others. It also helps older adults and those living with disabilities stay independent.
Caregiving Information for Workplaces
Caregivers often balance multiple roles and responsibilities. Learn more about how employers can support caregivers in the workplace.
Caring for Someone Living with Dementia
The number of individuals living with Alzheimer's Disease in Massachusetts is expected to increase from 120,000 people in 2016 to 150,000 people in 2025. Caring for someone living with Alzheimer's or a dementia-related disorder has unique opportunities and challenges. There are a variety of services and programs in Massachusetts that may be able to help.
- Training and Technology for Families Caring for Individuals Living with Dementia
- Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a grassroots movement to make communities safe, inclusive and respectful for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia
- Memory cafés offer social connection, support, activity, and information for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder and their family members, friends, and professional caregivers.
- Alzheimer's Association