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4 Resources for Family Caregivers

4 Resources for Family Caregivers

Taking care of a family member with Alzheimer’s disease and/or a related dementia can be as exhausting as it is meaningful. Both physically and emotionally, caregiving takes a toll that we can all appreciate. Occasional breaks – whether for a few hours, a day, or a week or more – are important in order to recharge. Family caregivers need rest and support in order to continue to provide the best possible care to loved ones.

There are many supports available for family caregivers:

  • Support Groups – Caring for a loved one with dementia is not something for which many people have prepared. Sharing resources with others in the same situation not only enhances one’s ability to provide care but also decreases the social isolation that can come with family caregiving. Public support groups are offered at many assisted living communities and senior centers. Call your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about groups in your area.
  • Home CareEven if you have the ability to care for your loved one full-time, setting up a routine of regular visits by a professional caregiver or companion will allow you to rely on some predictable rest periods as well as time to take care of life’s other responsibilities. 
  • Day ProgramsSimilarly, establishing periodic participation for a loved one in a day program provides some scheduled respite from caregiving. Day programs also provide more cognitive stimulation, structured programming and socialization than a single family caregiver can provide.
  • Residential Respite Care – These short terms stays in a Memory Care Assisted Living community allow caregivers to travel or experience a “staycation.” Find out which memory care assisted living communities in your area offer respite care, what the rates are and whether a minimum stay is required. In addition to touring in advance, there will be a medical assessment required to ensure the residential community can meet all of the respite residents’ unique needs. 

Memory Care at Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles 

NewBridge on the Charles offers the Gilda and Alfred A. Slifka Memory Care Assisted Living Residences to seniors with early stage and mid-stage Alzheimer's Disease and/or a related dementia. The Memory Care Assisted Living Residences at NewBridge on the Charles provides a personalized and meaningful assisted living experience for residents based on the history, preferences and goals of each individual. Short-term stays now available. 

Learn more about Memory Care at NewBridge

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Collaborative Care Advisor at NewBridge on the Charles

Tara serves as the collaborative care advisor for the NewBridge campus, making her an important resource for each of our residents and their families. Tara helps each senior moving to NewBridge both understand and access the variety of supports our continuum of care offers so each can live their best life possible. Tara brings almost 25 years of elder care experience to this role, including developing an expressive therapy program in a skilled nursing facility, serving as a program manager at a dementia-specific assisted living, and working at NewBridge on the Charles since 2009. She is a...

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What would be a beneficial activity for someone with Alzheimer's, when they often cannot sit in one place long enough to do any activities let alone complete any tasks? Even watching a movie is challenging. He's always been an active person who loved to help others. Sitting down seems agitating to him.
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