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    Caregiver Support Program

    The Family Caregiver Support Program is part of a national program which helps caregivers manage the enormous personal, social and economic challenges of caring for a relative or friend.

    A caregiver may be a spouse, partner, friend, or anyone who provides consistent assistance.  A caregiver may live in the same household, close by or in another state.

    Our Caregiver Support Program at Tri-Valley, Inc. helps caregivers to access information, resources, services, training and support.

    Caregivers served by this program include:

    • Anyone caring for a spouse, parent, other relative or friend, who is age 60 or older, or anyone who has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Grandparent, age 55 or older, caring for a grandchild, age 18 or younger.
    • Anyone age 55 or older caring for a disabled individual who is not his or her child.

    Caregiver Specialist

    A Caregiver Specialist can provide individual support and assistance to caregivers seeking information or resources related to their specific situational needs.

    A Caregiver Specialist is available to provide information about the caregiver program and other elder care resources to caregivers, community groups and professionals free of charge.  A Caregiver Specialist helps to raise awareness about caregiver needs through informational sessions, educational programs and outreach to local community groups, businesses, faith organizations and municipalities.

    Elder Care Advisor

    Upon request, an Elder Care Advisor (ECA) will speak with caregivers in person, by phone or through e-mail.  The ECA will conduct an assessment of the caregiver’s situation and then provide information regarding resources and options that are particular to both the person the caregiver is caring for and the needs of the caregiver.  The ECA will follow-up with phone contact to assess if further information or referrals are required.

    Caregiver Scholarship Fund

    A caregiver can apply for a one time financial grant to assist them with funding respite (coverage for a medical need or a break) or an assistive device to help them in their caregiving role.

    Training and Educational Programs

    Programs are provided, free of charge, on specific topics to assist caregivers in making decisions, solving problems and managing stress.

    Topics include but are not limited to:

    • Obtaining Community Resources
    • Researching Alternative Living Facilities
    • Coping with Driving and Transportation Issues
    • Reducing Caregiver Stress
    • Dealing with Resistance to Services
    • Developing an Emergency Care Plan
    • Communicating with Health Care Professionals

    Evidence-Based Healthy Aging Program

    Offered as one of Tri-Valley’s Healthy Aging Programs, Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide family caregivers with the skills needed to take care of themselves.  Participants learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings and balance their lives while making tough decisions.

    The Caregiver Guide

    The free 75 page Caregiver Guide provides information on local and statewide community resources.  Download

    The Caregiver Organizer

    The Organizer assists caregivers in maintaining important medical and service information on their loved one. The free Organizer is available in 10 languages.

    The Long Distance Caregiver’s Booklet

    This Booklet helps caregivers who live some distance away to assess needs, identify local resources and plan for services in their loved one’s community.  Download

    For information on the Caregiver Support program, to request caregiver services or obtain a free Guide, Organizer or Long Distance Booklet please contact the Caregiver Support Program at Tri-Valley, Inc. 508-949-6640 or 1-800-286-6640 (toll-free within Massachusetts).