When you are caring for a loved one, you can sometimes feel stressed and overwhelmed. You are not alone. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging (AoA), family members—not social service agencies, nursing homes, or government programs—are the mainstay of long-term care for older adults in the United States.
Yet, help for caregivers is available. For example, adult day care centers offer care and companionship for older persons who need assistance or supervision during the day. Such programs offer relief to family members or caregivers and allow them the freedom to go to work, handle personal business, or just relax while knowing their loved one is well cared for and safe.
Additionally, through the Older Americans Act, administered locally by Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES), services such as transportation, case management, information and referral, home health assistance, legal and financial assistance, meal preparation, and disease prevention are available to help older people and their caregivers.
Mystic Valley Elder Services offers such services to those caring for an older adult or an adult of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder. We also provide support to older adults 60 or over who are caring for an adult child with a developmental disability or for a child under the age of 18.
As a caregiver, you also have access to one-on-one assistance, community resources, and peer support. Please contact Mystic Valley Elder Services at 781-324-7705 or visit here to see how we can help.