33 Boston Post Road West - Marlborough, MA 01752 - Phone 508-573-7200
The program is for anyone who is:
- Caring for an adult at least 60 years of age
- Caring for any person with Alzheimer’s disease
- A grandparent or relative (not a parent) aged 55 or older caring for grandchildren under the age of 18
- Any relative aged 55 or older caring for adults with a disabilities aged 18-59
Family Caregiver Support Program
We can assist with or connect you to:
- Caregiving tips and strategies
- Stress Management / Caregiver wellness
- Home safety training/modification
- Information on housing options
- Adult Day Health Programs
- Geriatricians and Specialists
- Training in caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease of any age
Community Education and Outreach
- Personalized in-home consultation
- On-going Telephone Support
- Local trainings on Caregiver topics
The Family Caregiver Support Program is funded by the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs and Title III of the Older Americans Act. Because federal funding is being used, we provide participants with an opportunity to make a voluntary donation toward the cost of this service. Voluntary donations are put directly into program enhancement, allowing for the expansion of services. Whether or not a participant makes a voluntary donation in no way informs or influences this service delivery.
For More Information
Call our Caregiver Specialist at 508-573-7239
Caring for a loved one? We are here to help you.
The Family Caregiver Support Program is a no-cost service that provides in-person support to help caregivers address their specific caregiving needs. A highly-trained caregiver specialist will work with you one-on-one to offer guidance and support with the extra time and attention you deserve.
The Family Caregiver Support Program provides:
- One-on-one consultation to assess needs, identify options and provide referrals to community services
- Educational Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Savvy Caregiver classes
- Information about community resources and services
- Assistance gaining access to services
- Individual supportive counseling
- Follow-up contact as needed
CaregivingMetroWest.org is a free website devoted to caregivers of elders. Caring for a loved one can be complex and demanding, and the undertaking often leaves the caregiver feeling exhausted and isolated. Our interactive website is designed to provide easy access to the information, resources and support you need, in your home.
- Clickable map for resources in your community
- Guide to understanding all aspects and stages of your caregiving journey
- Blog of in-depth articles and community news
- Home health safety advice
- Information on common health conditions
- Financial and legal resources
- Help understanding government programs
- "Wellness Wall" of advice and tips
Are you a grandparent raising a grandchild?
Our caregiver specialist can help you by providing individual support and counseling, helping you to understand the emotions you are experiencing, cope with the stress of the situation and develop an effective care plan. We can also provide information and help connect you to resources for the following:
- Childcare and school programs
- Healthcare and health insurance
- Financial issues and public assistance
- Legal services and referrals
- Safety inside and outside of the home
- Support groups and stress management
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free, six-week educational program designed to help family caregivers. This program will help you take care of yourself while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home or around the country.
For communities in the BayPath Elder Services, the classes are led by BayPath Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego and Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn, who are both trained and certified as Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leaders. After a recent workshop in Hudson, participants praised the program in their post-workshop surveys.
“The individual topics are exactly what caregivers deal with and [the class] leaders are so knowledgeable,” wrote one respondent. “I’m more equipped to take specific actions. It prompted me to initiate [getting] respite for myself and [to hold] another family meeting.”
The Savvy Caregiver Program is also a free, six-session training series for family and friends who are active caregivers of a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.
While this workshop also includes strategies and resources to help family caregivers care for themselves, unlike Powerful Tools for Caregivers the Savvy Caregiver program focuses primarily on helping the caregiver deliver the best possible care to their loved one.
Taking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills, knowledge and a positive attitude that helps them to care for themselves. The Savvy Caregiver workshop will help you become an expert in caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementias by helping you understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person you are caring for and earn the skills you need to manage daily life.
BayPath Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego and Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn have also been trained and certified to teach the Savvy Caregiver workshop.
"This has been a wonderful opportunity, a chance to learn and ask questions," wrote one participant in the post-workshop survey. "Thank you for making this program available. The manual is a good tool that can be shared with other family members. ... I try to process 'my challenging times' with my mom through her eyes, understanding what life is like for her right now."
Caregiver Training Workshops
While providing care and comfort to a loved one can be rewarding, caregiving is also a challenging endeavor. Family caregivers are thrust into roles in which they lack familiarity, experience or training, all while upending their own lives and schedules.
Caregivers can find themselves suddenly serving as nurses, chefs, chauffeurs, financial advisers, and dozens of other roles to help their loved ones through an illness or chronic condition. But learning how to do some of the specialized tasks asked of them, while also figuring out how to balance those duties with the demands of their own lives to avoid becoming overcome by stress and burning out takes some help. Fortunately, there are educational programs that can help family caregivers learn to better take care of both their loved ones and themselves.