Caring for an individual
The Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program (MFCSP) is administered through a partnership with local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Aging Service Access Points (ASAPs). MFCSP provides family caregivers guidance, support, and attention that often is unavailable or overlooked. Caregivers receive individual attention to:
- discuss their caregiving situation
- increase knowledge of and access to resources
- make informed decisions and solve problems related to their caregiver role
- increase their own personal well-being including reduced stress
Family caregivers are individuals who:
- Care for a spouse, parent, other relative or friend who is age 60 or older, or who has Alzheimer’s disease.
- Are grandparents age 55 or older who are caring for grandchildren who are 18 years of age or younger, or who are disabled.
- Are over the age of 55 and caring for a disabled individual who is not their child.
Caring for a loved one can be overwhelming and at times stressful, even isolating; yet it can be meaningful and rewarding as well. It is critical that caregivers are aware of available services. Through the MFCSP compassionate and knowledgeable professionals work directly with caregivers offering a range of services that may include:
- One-on-one Counseling
- Family Meeting
- In-home Assessment
- In-home Services
- Respite (a break for caregivers)
- Nutrition Services
- Transportation Services
- Caregiver Training
- Support Groups
- Supplemental Services (such as assistive devices, emergency response system)
- Financial Counseling
- Legal Referral