A Caregiver is an individual who provides services such as: assistance with activities of daily living, grocery shopping, financial assistance, house cleaning, or transportation. A caregiver can be a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, neighbor, doctor or social worker who attends to the needs of a child or an adult.
The Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly provides caregiver support services to individuals who are:
Providing caregiver support to someone 60 years or older
Grandparents/grand relatives providing caregiver support to grandchildren/grand relatives.
Support services available to caregivers include: information and referral, assistance in gaining access to services, individualized counseling, support groups, care giving problem solving, respite care and supplemental services. Caregiver services available to grandparents raising grandchildren are: support groups, advocacy, respite care, information and referrals, workshops and trainings.
Additionally, specialized caregiver services are available to support the diversity of the caregiver. The Commission, as a collaborative member of Caregiver Alliance of Suffolk County, works jointly with LGBT Aging Project and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's KINnection Program to adopt and embrace diversity when delivering caregiving services.
Mission is to provide support, information and services to diverse generations of caregivers while promoting family well being, problem solving and planning.
LGBT Aging Project is an organization working to guarantee equal services for LGBT elders and caregivers.
MSPCC's KINnection Program, in collaboration with Raising Our Children's Children (ROCC), provides family support services for grandparents raising grandchildren.
The Commission provides caregiver services as part of the Caregiver Alliance of Suffolk County. Caregiver Alliance of Suffolk County is a collaboration of five Boston senior service agencies including the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, Boston Senior Home Care, Central Boston Elder Services, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop and Ethos.