As part of it’s mission the MLRC awarded three series of mini-grants to Massachusetts programs offering innovative respite programming .
IN 2016, 10 mini-grants of ten thousand dollars each were awarded to the following organizations:
Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod (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 as outlined by founder and Executive Director Molly Perdue, MS, PhD. The respite service, as all services provided by the AFCSC, 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 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 are providing 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.
Creative Living: “Escapadas de Fin De Semana” (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. This addresses the need for caregivers by proving continuous 47 hour continuous hours 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 Marlboro Programs, Inc. Culturally Competent Respite Services (Marlboro)
Through their hiring of 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 member 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.
Greater Springfield Senior Services “You’re Not Alone” ( Springfield)
Using existing Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) extensive outreach will be conducted to the LGBTQ and non-English speaking populations. As well as respite, caregivers will receive one-on-one personal assistance to assess needs, identify options, and gain access to community-based services as well as training, support, and counseling to assist caregivers in decision making, problem solving and stress management.
Hope Health Vouchers for Adult Day, In-home, overnight Respite care (Hyannis)
Since 2007 Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services has been supporting desire of caregivers to keep their family members home by providing families with FREE comprehensive care planning and support services. The Life-Span 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-placement, thereby resulting in significant cost 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 LGBT community. It is estimated they will serve 14 low –income caregivers, with a projected 1/3 of these from the LGBT community.
In 2015, 5 mini-grants of ten thousand dollars each were awarded to the following organizations:
The Autism Alliance of MetroWest (AAMW) received funding to provide a creative version of group respite for families living in Natick, Framingham, Holliston, Ashland and surrounding communities in the MetroWest region. They will provide a monthly three-hour group respite opportunity for families offering opportunities for social interactions in a safe, fun environment. They will collaborate with Energy Fitness of Natick, Academy Metro West of Natick, and Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center in Ashland. Each of these sites offers a wide variety of options for activities that can accommodate a range of ages and abilities.
The Sherborn Council on Aging, with volunteer support from their local churches, received funding for its unique respite program that combines physical exercise, mental stimulation and social interaction for senior men. This program offers 16 half-day sessions (approximately two per month), which will provide exercise, mental stimulation, entertainment, social interaction and refreshments. A retired Armed Forces Chaplin will volunteer to be a mentor. They will collaborate with local faith communities to identify and train volunteers.
The Andover Council on Aging has received funding to support an innovative community respite model, the Memory Café. As part of a national Memory Café movement, Andover’s COA will hold monthly cafes welcoming participants who have memory impairment and their caregivers, families and friends. The Council has also received funding for their respite voucher program, increasing their capacity to help caregivers get away especially during difficult coverage periods.
Berkshire Family and Individual Resources received funding to support its Saturday Solutions, weekend respite program aimed at caregivers of individuals with disabilities 18 years of age and older. They will also provide bimonthly caregiver trainings. They are collaborating with North Berkshire Adult Basic Education at MCLA and the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Initiative. An advisory group of caregivers will provide oversight.
Hope Health, Inc. has received funding for its Hope Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services respite program providing two types of respite vouchers supporting adult day care and discretionary respite options. They will collaborate with local Councils on Aging, ADRC, skilled nursing facilities, and more. Their respite supports caregivers in Southeastern Massachusetts as well as those on Cape Cod and the Islands.
In 2010, 10 mini-grants of ten thousand dollars each were awarded to the following organizations:
Advocates Family Respite Services: Project targeted the Spanish and Portuguese communities in the Metrowest area through outreach to St. Stephen’s Church and other faith communities. Theycreated a new partnership with the Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest, another minigrantee.
Berkshire County Arc offered respite services to those living with: Brain Injury, Dementia,Alzheimer’s, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Three respite options were offered – in-home, facility-based, and group respite outreach (social/recreational) – all participants selected in-home respite.Participants received a voucher and developed a respite plan. Trainings were also offered. As aresult of this project, new partnerships have been formed with Berkshire Caregiver AlzheimerPartnership and Berkshire County Elder Network. They also grew new collaborations with areahome care agencies, nursing agencies, hospice, elder services, etc.
The Boston Home B.Fit! program offered education, stress management, wellness, and expressive writing programs.
The Hockomock Area YMCA’s MS Wellness Program was designed to serve individuals livingwith MS with a focus on providing physical activity. They expanded their outreach throughcollaborations with the YMCA’s cancer survivor program, LIVESTRONG, where they provided services to caregivers of cancer survivors.
Hope Health offered respite to those caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia (ADRD) were targeted. They attribute their success in providing respite services in this program to their longstanding, well-organized respite grant program with policies and procedures that have been in place for many years. They also provide other services to this population which helps them maintain contact and follow-up with their program participants.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services’ Reassurance Respite Care Project :was designed as an in-home respite care model targeting individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia (ADRD) and Russian clients, especially.Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest Respite Services provides a range of non-medical,in-home care and ancillary services to support individuals and their caregivers in the Metrowest area. They targeted Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking families including translating outreachand educational materials in these languages. They partnered with Advocates, another mini grantee, to leverage organizational resources and improve their success.
The Oak Square YMCA’s Respite Member Program is an out-of-home respite model that provided respite to families and health care workers – giving them free YMCA memberships. They collaborated with Eikos Community Services for referrals.
Old Colony Elder Services Family Caregiver Support Program aimed to strengthen its capacity to provide respite services by working more closely with their Care Advisors. They leveraged their vendor and elder services network in responding to these needs.
The Paul Center for Learning and Recreation’s Respite Revolution provided an array of types of respite services including off-site, community-based experiences for students, on- and off-site caregiver wellness events, and on-campus family swims. They also created an innovativeSensory Garden and Fire pit. They created a Caregiver Forum that will be a sustainable element of their efforts.