This mini-grant project was made possible with funding from the U.S. Administration on Community Living . It is the third in a series of grants awarded by the MLRC in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
All projects focus on the direct provision of respite services to fill identified gaps in service delivery and address unmet needs of family caregivers across the lifespan
In 2016, 10 mini-grants of ten thousand dollars each were awarded to each of the following organizations:
Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod
Dementia Care Corps (Brewster)
The AFCSC will use the MLRC mini-grant to establish the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center Dementia Care Corps to meet the needs of Cape Cod’s LGBTQ dementia community. This program is part of the AFCSC’s overall strategy for supporting individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses. The respite service will be provided free of charge to anyone who needs them, regardless of ability to pay. Participating families will receive 2, two and a half-hour visits per month by a dementia-trained, Certified Nursing Assistant. Respite providers will be fully insured and supervised by an RN or LPN, who will help establish safety guidelines and parameters to ensure safety and reduce liability in the home.
The Berkshire County Arc
Respite Caregiver Voucher Project (Pittsfield)
The Caregiver Respite Project offers families and caregivers an array of respite options, In-Home Respite, Facility-Based Respite at The BCARC’s Respite House in Pittsfield, MA and Group Respite Outreach. The goal of this latter option is to provide recreational social support activities in community settings.
Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR)
“Saturday Solutions” (North Adams)
Respite care for caregivers of individuals with disabilities ages 18 and over, meeting monthly on Saturdays from 9 am to Noon at the BFAIR facility in North Adams. Trained respite workers, including a bilingual staff member, will provide direct care and a wide variety of center-based activities. Four caregiver trainings, including a full-day REST training, will also be a part of this program.
“Escapadas de Fines De Semanas” (Andover)
Creative Living will bring its largest existing program; planned, site based respite of adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities, to the Spanish-speaking community. By providing 28 hours of continuous care , this program addresses the need for caregivers to recharge and attend to personal concerns, while creating a safe, intimate, caring environment for their loved one in a bed and breakfast style setting with trained staff.
Greater Springfield Senior Services
“You’re Not Alone” (Springfield)
Using existing Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) staff, extensive outreach will be conducted to the LGBTQ and non-English speaking populations. As well as respite, caregivers will receive one-on-one personalized assistance to assess needs, identify options, and gain access to community-based services. Caregivers will also receive training, support, and counseling to assist caregivers in decision making, problem solving and stress management.
Vouchers for Respite Care (Hyannis)
Since 2007 Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services has been supporting the desire of caregivers to keep their family members home by providing families with free comprehensive care planning and support services. The Lifespan Respite Grant provides an opportunity for new caregivers to be introduced to respite in either adult day health, home care, or overnight facility care as we seek to help caregivers find appropriate pathways for sustainable respite.
Life Links, Inc.
Inclusive Memory Café (Chelmsford)
Bi-Monthly Inclusive Memory Café in the evening that will include a meal. Open to all community members in greater Lowell with memory impairment and their caregivers. Focused outreach efforts will strive to attract diverse populations such as LGBTQ Elders, those dealing with challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease or developmental disabilities.
LUK Crisis Center
Youth at high risk for out-of-home placement (Fitchburg)
Planned hourly out-of-home respite services will be provided to youth involved with a state system who are at high risk of out-of-home placement. The intent of the project is to demonstrate that intensive respite services can prevent out-of-home placement, thereby resulting in significant cost savings for the youth as well as savings for the Commonwealth.
Senior Care Inc
Respite Vouchers (Gloucester)
Senior Care will provide respite scholarships to family caregivers with low to moderate income with a focus on outreach to the LGBTQ Community . It is estimated they will serve 14 low –income caregivers, a projected 1/3 of these will be from the LGBTQ Community. In addition, specialist staff will support the family caregiver in problem solving, decision making and finding options for short and long term care needs.
Culturally Competent Respite Services (Marlborough)
GMPI will hire a Respite Specialist who will spend 50% of their time outreaching to Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese-speaking families as well as LGBTQ families with family members with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and/or fixed incomes, and 50% of their time providing direct respite through the GMPI existing respite models which include both in and out-of-home care.