Long term caregiving, whether for a parent, spouse or friend can be stressful and put a caregiver’s own health at risk. The Family Caregiver Support Program advocates for caregivers, provides information and referral to programs and services in support of your caregiving efforts, and meaningful tools and tips for a better caregiving experience.
For any caregiver living on Martha’s Vineyard, or who is caring for someone living on Martha’s Vineyard, particularly those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Our staff is professionally trained and has personal experience with the rewards and challenges of caregiving. We understand the complexity of managing someone’s needs at home, and the impact of these responsibilities on family dynamics.
Individual sessions with a trained clinician to help caregivers navigate resources and manage care for their loved one and themselves. Find support to meet your specific caregiving needs and challenges. Services may include:
- Memory Screenings
- Caregiver Counseling
- Habilitation Therapy **
- Information and Referral
- Family Meeting Facilitation
- Alzheimer’s /Dementia Education and Support
We can help you navigate the system of public and private care for the best plan to meet your needs. Consultation can be provided in the home, at our office, or over the phone. We can meet with caregivers individually or as a family.
Dementia Coaching, also called Habilitation Therapy, is a nonmedical, interpersonal approach to caring for someone with memory loss. A skilled Dementia Coach creates a plan with caregivers to simplify daily tasks to maintain independence and a sense of purpose.This approach helps the caregiver manage behaviors, reduces stress, and can help to facilitate a more rewarding caregiving experience.
Dementia Caregiver Support Group
The Dementia Caregiver Support Group provides a confidential and supportive The dementia caregiver support group provides a confidential and supportive atmosphere for caregivers to come together to find encouragement, comfort, and advice from others who share similar experiences and concerns. Free of charge.
Contact the Family Caregiver Support Program at 508-939-9440.