Every single day, more than 65 million people in the United States provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend. That’s 29% of the population in our country and the statistics are no different locally. When you break it down, nearly 1/3 of the people in this country spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved ones.
Sometimes, caregivers may feel a sense of isolation or a belief that they are the only ones facing the challenging tasks of caring for family or friends. The sad reality is that millions of people are thrust into the role of family caregivers, and many are unequipped to do so.
At South Shore Elder Services (SSES) we can give you the help you need through our Family Caregiver Support Program. Now you can get the support, education, and guidance you need to face the emotional, physical, and even financial challenges you face as a caregiver
FCSP serves caregivers who are:
– Caring for a person age 60 or older
– Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease
– A grandparent or other relative over the age of 55 raising a child under the age of 18
– An Elder age 60 or older and caring for an adult child with mental retardation or developmental disabilities.
FCSP services to individuals include:
-Links to community services
-Short-term case management
-Long term planning
-Caregiving 101 seminars and manual
Whether you’re a full-time, part-time, or long-distance caregiver, a family member or friend you can receive FCSP caregiver services. All are free; there are no income guidelines.
The FCSP is funded in part through a grant from the Administration of Aging Title III-E of the Older Americans Act through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and South Shore Elder Services.
Call South Shore Elder Services (SSES) Information and Referral Department at 781-848-3910 for more information.