Family Caregiver Support
In AARP's 2011 national update on "The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving", it was suggested that in 2009 the unpaid work provided by family caregivers was about $450 billion, or 4 times what Medicaid spent on long term supports directly. Specific numbers for Massachusetts suggest that there are 858,000 caregivers at any given time, providing 821 million hours of care per year. The value of the care they provide is $10.9 billion a year.
The study estimates that family caregivers over the age of 50 today who leave the workforce to care for an elderly relative can expect to lose $115,000 in wages, $138,000 in Social Security benefits and $50,000 in pension benefits.
Luckily, LifePath can help.
The Family Caregiver Program offers care advisement and information & referral services that are free to all elders, their family members and their caregivers in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. The Family Caregiver Program provides elders and caregivers with information about the following issues:
- Alzheimer's disease and memory disorders
- Nursing facilities
- Caregiving & caregiver respite
- Elder law
- In-home care
- Short-term care
You can receive help in person or by phone, including assistance with planning & providing an assessment, as well as recommendations and resources to meet your unique needs.
A Community Options Resource Specialist will be available for follow-up to be sure your needs have been met.
For more information on the Family Caregiver Program, please call 800-732-4636, 413-773-5555, 978-544-2259, or TDD 413-772-6566, FREE, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.