- Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Proclaims November as Family Caregivers Month in Massachusetts: New Family Caregiver Web Resources Launched
Tom Lyons, Director of Communications
Boston — In support of the more than 840,000 Massachusetts residents who provide frequent or daily care to their family members, the Baker-Polito Administration has proclaimed November as Family Caregivers Month in the Commonwealth. To mark the occasion, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs announced a new website with tools and resources that will make information and support programs easier to find for family caregivers throughout the Commonwealth.
“Family caregivers are critical to promoting the independence, empowerment and well-being of older adults, and people living with disabilities,” said Governor Baker. “Massachusetts caregivers are a driving force for ensuring that Massachusetts remains a leading age-friendly state and we look forward to continuing our work with them in the future.”
Family caregivers have been a focus of the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, which in April 2018, recommended supporting caregivers through increased information and awareness efforts.
“The Governor’s Council to Address Aging recognizes how important family caregivers are not only to their families, friends, and neighbors but to every community throughout Massachusetts,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders who serves as the Council’s co-chair. “Raising awareness of their value and providing them support is our priority.”
“At some point in our lives, we will all likely be a caregiver to a member of our family or a friend,” said Secretary of Elder Affairs Alice Bonner, who is a care partner for her mother who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. “Massachusetts offers a number of programs to support family caregivers and we believe the tools and resources we are announcing today, along with our continued awareness efforts, will make support tools easier to access for residents throughout the Commonwealth.”
New Online Resources to Support Family Caregivers:
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs created and launched a number of new website resources to make information and support programs easier to find for Massachusetts family caregivers.
The Commonwealth offers a number of services to help caregivers find information and get support. This new Mass.gov topic page brings together a number of state health and social services in one place to help caregivers find the information they need, based on their unique situation.
The Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program (Mass.gov/Caregiver)
This program provides advice and support through the services of Caregiver Specialist for residents caring for an older family member, a relative with a disability, or an older relative caring for a child. Caregiver Specialists serve at regional aging services agencies that cover every community in Massachusetts.
This resource includes caregiving tips and links to helpful information that caregivers may need for providing care both at home and in other settings.
The majority of family caregivers work full or part-time jobs in addition to their caregiver responsibilities, and many employers are finding creative ways to support their employees. This webpage provides employers resources on how to make the workplace more welcoming for caregivers.
In addition to online resources, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs also supports MassOptions, an aging and disability information, and referral call center. MassOptions is a free service that helps older residents, people with disabilities, and caregivers connect with support services in their area. The service can be reached Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, by calling toll-free 1-844-422-6277.