Alzheimer's Support Network of South Central Massachusetts provides services to the general public and to ASN member families. ASN services include:
Connecting You with What You Need
All caregivers eventually need the assistance of others to access resources and services. Through a variety of helpful services, the Alzheimer's Support Network of South Central Massachusetts strives to support every caregiver's efforts to meet their loved one's needs.
The Alzheimer's Support Network's Resource Identification Assistance Program is an information and referral process, provided in collaboration with Tri-Valley, Inc. The program can give family caregivers information on community programs and their eligibility requirements, types of services, and caregiver planning. This is a free service.
Often, caregivers can gain understanding of ways to cope with the caregiver role and responsibilities. Information packets for new caregivers are available. In addition, caregivers who are members of ASN may access respite assistance programs available through ASN.
The toll-free contact number is 1-800-286-6640, Extension 3100.
The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meetings are important to family caregivers not only as a place to obtain information about Alzheimer's Disease, but also to learn many helpful techniques in caring for a person with dementia. New caregivers are able to learn from experienced caregivers and support group leaders.
Respect for the role of the caregiver is understood in the groups. You will find others who will not only listen to you, but will also understand what you are experiencing. Ample discussion time is made available for questions about caregiving and for supportive sharing of your caregiver experience.
Support Group meetings generally last 90 minutes and include educational materials.
Meetings are monthly, open to any family or friend of a person with memory loss, whether it is Alzheimer's disease or a related primary progressive dementia.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups Meet
6 to 7:30 p.m., first Tuesday of each month
6:15 to 7:45 p.m, second Monday of each month
Early Stage Patient
Experienced facilitators offer information and ways to cope with the
memory problems. A separate support group is held for the care-partners,
coinciding with the time of the patients' meetings. The Early Stage
Alzheimer's Patient Support Group meets intermittantly. For further
information call (800) 286-6640 Extension 3100, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialized training in behavioral management of dementia care, for family and in-home private caregivers.
The ASN Alzheimer's Caregiver Certification Program (ACCP).
Caregiver training workshops throughout the year.
Available to the general public:
Family caregivers with primary responsibility for the direct care of a person with Alzheimer's dementia will find themselves needing a break, or "respite care" services. The Alzheimer's Support Network has been a pioneer in the delivery of structured respite care, even providing financial assistance for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
Structured respite improves the general health of the caregiver and the quality of the caregiving relationship. ASN provides its member families a number of respite-care options. These include:
First-time respite trial: ASN will provide financial assistance to let the caregiver try respite care at no cost. Arrangements can be made for respite care either at home or in an adult day health care center.
Support group respite: Attendants
provide care while a caregiver attends ASN-sponsored support
group meetings. ASN provides limited financial assistance to cover the
Home respite assistance: Financial assistance is available for home respite help. ASN shares the cost for home respite assistance to help sustain the benefits of structured respite care and make it affordable.
Community respite: ASN has provided contracted adult day health respite services since 1989. Respite services are offered by arrangement with Accord Adult Day Center of Webster. ASN member families may request a nursing evaluation to determine eligibility for adult day health services. If medically authorized, member families can then receive financial assistance for respite each month. Once eligibility is approved, the start date for respite is the next calendar month. Scheduling for a respite day is to be made with Accord Center staff.
Re-determination of respite eligibility is done annually. Member families are also contacted to complete a client satisfaction survey each year to assist ASN in its evaluation of the program services.
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Volunteer Opportunities: The Alzheimer's Support Network has various activities that provide opportunities to volunteer your time and talents in community service. Non-stipend internships are available for college students in need of student practicum experience.
Financial Giving: The Alzheimer's
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