Are you a Caregiver? - Welcome Video
Caregiving Tip of the Month
What would you do with 15 minutes?
An Act authorizing the disclosure of medical information to certain designated caregivers is now law in Massachusetts. The law provides support to caregivers whose family members are leaving the hospital. The hospital will notify the caregiver when their family member is to be discharged and explain and demonstrate medical tasks that the caregiver will need to perform at home.
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
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.