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CAREGIVER RELIEF PROGRAM

The Club” at The Center at Medfield, is open and offers a caregiving relief program to Medfield residents and surrounding towns.

CAREGIVER RELIEF PROGRAM

“The Club” at The Center at Medfield, is open and offers a caregiving relief program to Medfield residents and surrounding towns. “A comfortable environment, filled with engaging activities, is available for seniors who may need dependable support by dedicated staff”. The quote is from Grace Nunziato, Program Coordinator of the Adult Respite Care Program at the Center. Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding and at times, overwhelming job.

The idea of this program is a brainchild of Roberta Lynch, COA Director for Medfield COA whose mother had Alzheimer’s.  Roberta observed the toll it took on her father. She was delighted when her father received the benefits of a respite program. So when she started at the Council on Aging in Medfield in 2001 her goal was to start such a program for residents.  In 2011, a successful grant application with Metro West Health Foundation has provided the required funding for this indispensable program, which has the capacity for up to 16 participants and applications are still being accepted.

Interested residents need to contact Grace Nunziato at arcpmedfieldcoa@gmail.com or call 508-359-3665.

The program is staffed with well-qualified providers with a passion for helping other people; a desire to bring joy in peoples’ lives; willingness to share themselves; and working experience in assisted living environments. Grace Nunziato, Program Coordinator has a Masters degree in counseling and many years of working with older adults.

Important information:

Program Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Rates: Full day $50.00 (includes transportation, activities, 2 snacks and lunch);

Full day drop off         $35.00

Half day:         $20.00

Half day could be:        9.00 am – 12.00 pm (snack/lunch)

                                11.30 am – 2.30 pm (lunch/snack

A word from Roslyn Carter: There are 4 kinds of people in this world:

  • Those who have been caregivers
  • Those who are currently caregivers
  • Those who will be caregivers
  • Those who would need to be caregivers

 

DO NOT ASK ME TO REMEMBER

Do not ask me to remember’

Don’t try to make me understand,

Let me rest and know you’re with me,

Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

 

I’m confused beyond your concept,

I am sad and sick and lost.

All I know is that I need you

To be with me at all cost

 

Do not lose your patience with me,

Do not scold or curse or cry.

I cannot help the way I’m acting

Can’t be different thought I try

 

Just remember that I need you,

That the best of me is gone,

Please don’t fail to stand beside me

Love me. ‘til my life is done.

Author Unknown. AgingCare.com: Supporting Caregivers

 

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Medfield Massachusetts,

December 4, 2012

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