I was on the verge of burn out. My wife and I were the primary caregivers for my Mom. I couldn’t keep juggling my job, family and personal needs while I took care of my mother too. My sisters live close by, but weren’t very involved, which I resented. I was also buying my Mom’s incontinence supplies, and the costs were adding up.
Sharon, the Caregiver Specialist did an Assessment with me which helped me see what I needed to change so I would not be so stressed out. I desperately needed to address my self-care. I had grown so angry at everyone; my sisters for not pitching in, my wife for not being more understanding and even my Mom, even though I knew the situation was not her fault. It wasn’t healthy.
A family meeting helped me talk with my sisters about how we could work together to keep our Mom safe in her home. The caregiver specialist gave us various caregiver resources. I joined a Support Group and the Caregiver Scholarship helped with the incontinence supplies. I’m now confident we can care for my Mom together. I’m grateful for the help of the Caregiver Program, every caregiver should give a call – support is there!”
Caregiving could be one of the most important things you ever do. It can be challenging and rewarding—and often frustrating. The Caregiver Program provides you the support and services you need to make life easier for yourself and the individual you’re caring for.
Finding ways to cope with the strains and stresses of caregiving can be challenging, but we are here to help.
ASNCM’s Caregiver Support Program is partially funded by:
These are some of the services ASNCM provides:
- In-home assessments to help you determine how much and what kinds of support could be helpful
- Information about the resources available and referrals to the specific services and programs that meet your needs
- Counseling and support groups to help you cope with the stress, worry, and loneliness that caregivers often experience
- Education and training in the skills that caregiving requires and specialized support in dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Meetings with caregivers individually and as a family to work on particular needs
- Assistance in finding respite care to give yourself “time off” from your caregiving responsibilities
The individual providing care must:
- Live in North Central Massachusetts or care for someone living in North Central Massachusetts
- Be of any age caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related Dementia
- Be of any age caring for someone over the age of 60
- Be 55 or older caring for a disabled adult between the ages of 18-59
- Be 55 or older caring for a grandchild or relative child under the age of 18
Access the Caregiver Guide in both English and Spanish by clicking below.
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