Caring for a loved one or friend who is aging, has a disability or an illness is rewarding but can be challenging. Below are examples of caregiver resources available throughout the state that can connect caregivers to food and nutrition programs, in-home care, financial assistance, transportation, respite services and much more.
1-800-AGE-INFO is a 24/7 information and referral resource for older people , their families and caregivers. AGE-INFO offers information on services in local communities available to meet your individual needs. You can call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636 TTY: 1-800-872-0166) or visit the website 1800ageinfo.com to find information about organizations and service providers available in your community that may meet your individual needs.
General Caregiver Support and Advocacy:
The AARP community offers helpful information for caregivers such as information about ways to find services nearby, to plan for care, tips on long-distance caregiving or dementia caregiving. Call 1-877-333-5885 (1-888-971-2013 in Spanish), or go online to http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/ – or call (toll-free) 888-687-2277.
The Family Caregiver Alliance offers information, support and resources such as caregiver education, tips and facts sheets on caregiving issues and strategies for family caregivers in Massachusetts and nationwide caring for adult loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. Call 1-800-445-8106 or visit the website https://www.caregiver.org.
The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) of Massachusetts fosters unity among grandparents and grandchildren. The Commission’s primary purpose is to serve as a resource to the Commonwealth on issues affecting grandparents and all relatives raising grandchildren.
NFCA also known as Caregiver Acton Network (CAN) is a national organization that is working to help people caring for loved ones of all ages by providing education through instructional videos, peer support through family caregiver forums, tips and toolbox for caregiving. Call 1-202-454-3970 or visit their website http://caregiveraction.org/.
For Caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s Disease:
Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts Chapter
Local support group information and education 617-868-6718
24/7 helpline: 1.800.272.3900
Caregiver Supports are services and resources that are available for caregivers including training, respite, and caregivers support programs.
Family Caregiver Support Program
The Family Caregiver Support Program offers caregivers assistance and support to ease the strain and reduce the challenges of care giving. The Family Caregiver Support Program is a program of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Family Supports help a family to care for a relative at home. Family Supports are available to families of individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
Respite Services can provide individuals with disabilities or their caregivers with an opportunity for rest and relaxation or the opportunity to attend to their own personal needs. Respite may be offered inside or outside of the home and is available through a variety of programs and agencies including: the Department of Developmental Disabilities; the Department of Mental Health; the Department of Public Health; Executive Office of Elder Affairs; and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.