5 Caregiver Support Groups In Massachusetts
Caregiver support groups are a critical resource for managing the stress that frequently comes with family caregiving. However, when you’re juggling caregiving, work, home, and more, finding a group — let alone the time to attend — is easier said than done.
Fortunately, as the number of family caregivers in the US grows, so is the number of support groups. As a result, there are many support networks for caregivers of every stripe across Massachusetts – both online and in-person.
Some focus on a specific caregiving challenge, such as caring for an aging parent with dementia. On the other hand, some offer more general support.
Family Caregiver Support Program
You can find free guidance and assistance through Mass.gov’s Family Caregiver Support Program.
When you enroll, a Caregiver Specialist will work with you to build a plan and provide advice and guidance.
The Family Caregiver Support Program is available to anyone caring for a loved one of any age. To learn more about this caregiver support group, call 1 (800) 243-4636 and request a Caregiver Specialist.
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
BayPath ElderServices, Inc. is one of 26 Aging Services Access Points located around Massachusetts. As a designated Area Agency on Aging, this organization provides a diverse range of caregiver assistance for issues such as:
- Mental health
- Family mediation
- Legal issues
- General caregiving guidance
- Respite care
- And more
To learn more about this caregiver support group, visit BayPath Elder Services, Inc. online or call 508-573-7239.
Tri-Valley, Inc. is an excellent resource where you can find a range of services, information, and even caregiver training programs.
You can request an Elder Care Advisor to discuss a plan for your loved one’s care or work with a Caregiver Organizer to help you stay on top of your loved one’s medical and care information.
This caregiver support group also provides specialized support for long-distance caregivers, who often face unique challenges in their roles.
For more information about Tri-Valley Inc., call 508-949-6640 or visit them online.
Suppose you care for a loved one with early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia. In that case, the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association offers several caregiver support groups — many of which are hosted online, making it easier to fit attendance in your schedule.
The Massachusets chapter features a range of groups that meet weekly or monthly for 60-90 minutes.
You can learn more about this resource by calling (800) 272-3900 or visiting the Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder.
AARP offers many resources for caregivers, including support groups. Their latest initiative, Community Connections, provides guidance for anyone looking to give or receive assistance.
Visit the Community Connections website to find virtual support and connect with other Massachusetts caregivers.
The Family Caregiving Resource Line is another valuable resource where you can contact a real person and find local resources in your area. Just call 877-333-5885.
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- “Family Caregiver Resources for Massachusetts.” Massachusetts, 7 Apr. 2021, states.aarp.org/massachusetts/caregiver-resources.
- “Resources in MetroWest.” CareGiving MetroWest, www.caregivingmetrowest.org/Resources-in-MetroWest/Resources-By-Type/Caregiver-Support-Programs.