Caregiver Homes program helps families care for loved ones

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Caregiver Homes program helps families care for loved ones

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2011.13.09
Caregiver Homes program helps
families care for loved ones
By LURDES C. DA SILVA O Jornal editor
NEW BEDFORDWhen it became increas ingly more difficult for Maria Raposo to handle her personal care, she moved in with her niece Maria Helena Marques instead of entering a nurs ing home. For the last four years, Marques has been attend ing to her elderly aunt’s needs resulting from a variety of health issues, including diabetes, legal
ment and a blood disorder. “It’s very rewarding,”
said Marques about being a caregiver for her aunt. “When she is gone, I’ll have the memories and know that she was well taken care of.” But caring for a loved one can also be emotional ly and financially over whelming. Three months ago, Marques learned about a Massachusetts pro gram called “Caregiver Homes,” which has offered the family some relief. The program couples a stable home environment — either the client’s or the caregiver’s — with the specialized medical, men tal health, nutritional and
social interventions need ed to address each adult’s specific daily needs. “I appreciate and believe in what the pro gram does for people like me who need these servic es,” said Raposo. Caregivers are provided with the support, training and oversight to manage their responsibilities. They are also given a taxfree stipend in exchange for the care they provide. In Marques’ case, she receives $1,500 per month. “It makes a big differ ence,” she said. “I was SEE “CARE” PAGE 22
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Maria Helena Marques, at left, with her aunt Maria Raposo. After enrolling in Care giver Homes, Marques started receiving a $1,500 monthy stipend for caring for her elderly aunt.
Programa Caregiver Homes ajuda famílias a tratar de entesqueridos
NEW BEDFORDQuando se tornou dema siado difícil para Maria Raposo tomar conta de si própria, ela mudouse para casa da sobrinha Maria Helena Marques, em vez de ir para um lar da tercei ra idade. Nos últimos quatro
anos, Marques tem tratado da sua tia, que sofre de vários problemas de saúde, incluindo diabetes, cegueira legal, prótese de joelho e condição sanguí nea anormal. “É muito gratificante,” adiantou Marques sobre o facto de cuidar da tia.
“Quando nos deixar, terei as memórias e saberei que foi bem tratada.” No entanto, cuidar de um ente querido pode se uma experiência muito desafiante em termos emo cionais e financeiros. Há três meses, Marques VER “PROGRAMA” PÁGINA 21
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“Care” FROM PAGE 20 already doing the job. It’s easier with the extra income. It’s a big huge help.” According to Elizabeth AzevedoFlowers,Program Manager for Southeastern Massachusetts, clients are divided into two tiers depending on their activity and daily living. In tier one, caregiversarepaid$42.17 per day. In tier 2, they receive$94.96aday. Raposo falls under the latter category because she requires physical assis tance. “The program combines the benefits of safe, home
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Dr. Pottsgraduou da Harvard University e da Harvard Medical School. Ele completou o seu estágio em Medicina Interna no Montefiore Medical Center em Bronx, Nova Iorque.Dr. Potts é reconhecido pela Ordem de Médicos na especialidade de Medicina Interna e exerce medicina em New Bedford há mais de 20 anos.
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and communitybased care at less than half of the aver age $170 Massachusetts daily nursing home rate,” saidAzevedoFlowers. Since the stipend is non taxable, it will not affect other benefits received, said AzevedoFlowers. Each client is assigned a case management team, consisting of a Registered Nurse and Care Manager, who develop an individual ized plan of care for that client. Adjustments are made as needed. Some of the benefits provided under the pro gram,accordingtoAzevedoFlowers, include: adult day care, companionship through Coastline Elderly Services, Meals on Wheels, social transportation (for example, to visit a family memberacrosstown),and skilled nursing and Hos pice, if necessary. Allcaregiversmustpass screening requirements. The home environment is evaluated according to stan dard requirements.
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Currently in Massachu setts, spouses and legally responsible family mem bers cannot participate. When a family member is not available to be a care giver, the program arranges interviews between a client and prescreened caregiver. “Currently we have nine Portuguesefamiliesinthe greater New Bedford area,” who take advantage of the program, said Azevedo Flowers. “We know there a lot of Portuguese and Cape Verdeans who do not know the program exists, and they need to get on.” The program uses a Webbased case manage ment system called “Seniortouch” that is used by caregivers and clinicians to track client progress and monitor care. Each day, a caregiver must log in and complete a daily note that provides standard information about the physical and mental condition of the client and includes functional status changes, as well as com
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ments on life at home. “It’s a very thorough report, it gives a very good picture of the day of the client,saidAzevedoFlowers. The program has staf professionals who spea Portuguese and Spanish. Clients, however, need to be enrolled in MassHealth Standard or in the Com monwealth Care to qualify. To determine eligibility, interested individuals should contact the pro gram’s toll free line at 1 6687973323. Portuguese speakers can contact intake specialist Maryann Nunes at 617519526. Andforthoseindividuals who struggle with the idea of putting a loved in a nursing home, this is an ideal option, said Marques. “In our culture, we don’t like to put our loved ones in nursing homes,” said Mar ques. “When I grew up, she took care of me, now it’s my turn to take care o her… and it is lovely that you’re getting paid.”
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