Are You Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s?
The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free six-session training for family and friends who are active caregivers caring for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.
Savvy Caregiver will help you:
- Understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person you are caring for.
- Learn the skills you need to manage daily life.
- Take control and set goals.
- Communicate more effectively.
- Feel better about your caregiving.
- Take care of you!
When: Every Friday from February 9, 2018 through March 16, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Bristol Elder Services, 1 Father DeValles Boulevard, Fall River, MA 02723
Contact: Roseanne Taylor at 774-627-1308
If you need someone to stay with your loved one while you attend this program, respite services are available at no cost.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living in collaboration with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Elder Services of Merrimack Valley.
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO CAREGIVER CHALLENGES
For a limited time, technology that supports solving caregiver challenges is available at no cost to caregivers who care for a family member or friend with dementia. Examples include:
- Portable digital music players with personalized playlists
- GPS and other tracking devices
- Electronic medication management systems
- Communication aids such as telephone devices and electronic tablets
- Video monitoring devices
- Counseling and support on the available technologies
Some restrictions apply. To learn more, contact the Information and Referral unit at Bristol Elder Services at 774-627-1390.
MassRelay is a free, confidential 24/7 service enabling hearing people or people who do not use a text telephone (TTY) to communicate over regular telephone lines with people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, or speech disabled. Depending on the type of disability, the relay services are specialized to fit your needs.
A relay operator will complete your call, dialing the person you wish to contact. The operator will stay on the line to relay messages electronically via a TTY, or verbally to people who can hear. Relay operators provide exact transcriptions of what they hear, and speak what is typed to them, unless the caller directs them to do otherwise.
For detailed information on MassRelay, visit https://www.mass.gov/massrelay
Bristol Elder Services, Inc. is actively recruiting volunteers in the Taunton area for the Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program and for the Bristol Elder Services’ Advisory Council. All it takes to volunteer with us is a caring spirit and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for seniors.
A volunteer Ombudsman receives, investigates, and works to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents in long term care homes. An Ombudsman visits nursing homes in the greater Taunton area weekly to meet with residents and to observe conditions in the facility. Training and support is provided.
We are also seeking volunteers for Bristol’s Advisory Council. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to Bristol’s Board of Directors on issues and concerns affecting seniors in greater Attleboro, Fall River, and Taunton. Responsibilities include planning, advocacy, and program development.
Thank you for your consideration of these rewarding volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, please contact Jennifer Jimenez at 774-627-1472.