Family Caregiver Support Program

The Family Caregiver Support program is a statewide program that recognizes the critical role family caregivers make in the lives of their loved ones. North shore Elder Services’ Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) empowers caregivers by providing them with information, education, support, and services to help alleviate stress and improve the quality of life for the entire family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this program?

Family caregivers taking care of an adult age 60 or older, or caring for any adult with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related memory disorder are eligible for the Family Caregiver Program. Any caregiver age 55 or older who is the caregiver for a young relative under the age of 18 can receive services through the FCSP.  In addition, the caregiver of a disabled person between the ages of 18 and 59 years old is eligible for the program.

Does the care recipient have to be receiving services or enrolled in a program at NSES in order to work with the Caregiver Specialist?

Initial consultations are free to residents in the communities we serve and are scheduled at our office in Danvers, in your home or at another location convenient for you. We do not have eligibility restrictions for caregiver phone consultations.

 

 

 

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What services are available?

Our Caregiver Support team provides resources, education, guidance, training and empowerment to those caring for older adults and people with disabilities. These services are at no cost to the caregiver.

  • Provide resources: caregiver assessments, one-on-one assistance with resources and options. The program will help to assess the caregiver’s needs, identify options, and provide referrals to community-based service providers.
  • The Family Caregiver Program offers ongoing training programs such as The Savvy Caregiver Program. The FCSP hosts educational programs designed to address the complex issues surrounding dementia care several times yearly.
  • Caregiver Support Groups help caregivers learn that they are not alone and how important it is to take care of oneself.  Click here for more information on our support groups.
  • Advice to families free of charge in one’s own home or at their workplace or a convenient location in the community.

What is the benefit of a support group?

There is an educational and an emotional benefit. One has the opportunity to learn more about a disease or a particular issue in a group setting.  The emotional benefit to participating in a support group is very important. You learn you are not alone. You can share your thoughts in a confidential and safe environment with others who are experiencing similar emotions and experiences. You can find out about techniques that others may have tried that may help you.

Will the Caregiver Specialist offer a family meeting when family members are facing challenges in making decisions in agreement?

Families can always request a meeting to help sort out issues or to hear suggestions. When there is family conflict, we will suggest an outside referral to a conflict resolution professional, a mediator, or a counselor.

 

Will the Caregiver specialist offer guidance when long-term care decisions are necessary?

We will provide a list of long-term care facilities and explain the process involved. The responsibility to visit the facilities and make decisions belongs however to the family.  We can discuss MassHealth (Medicaid) but will refer to an elder law attorney who can expertly guide someone through the financial piece of the process.

What is the best piece of advice you would offer a caregiver?

You do not have to have all the answers but you can make yourself as knowledgeable as possible. Ask questions. Ask for help and accept help when offered.  You want to be aware of all the resources that may be available to you as a caregiver and for the person receiving care.

It helps to be open to trying different approaches to caregiving. If you try something and it does not work, know that you have other options and an opportunity to keep trying.

Caregivers Connect

As part of North Shore Elder Services’ outreach to our elders and their families, we publish a monthly “Caregivers Connect” blog and distribute in our Shoreline E-Newsletter and as a handout to our support group participants.  Included in this information piece are additional resources to various websites and links related to the topic at hand.  You can find these monthly articles at:  https://nselder.org/caregivers-connect/

 

Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) Technology Grant

North Shore Elder Services (NSES) was awarded a grant to promote and support the use of assistive technology for family caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia (ADRD).  Money can be used for the following:

Respite services for family caregivers attending our SAVVY Caregiver training.

Counseling and/or technical assistance for family caregivers on technologies available to solve their specific caregiving challenges.

Technologies that caregivers choose to address caregiving challenges.

If interested in applying, please fill out the Preliminary Application below.  You will be contacted by the NSES Family Caregiver Support Specialist for a qualifying telephone interview. 

Apply Here