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Respite program for Caregivers

Respite program for Caregivers

Respite Program for Caregivers (Pilot)  
 
Self-care is crucial to the longevity of a caregiver who is caring for a loved one.  
 
The Senior Services Pilot Respite Program is a financial respite program to assist Lexington caregivers find temporary relief from the continuous support and care of an adult who is elderly or disabled and dependent on others for care.  
 
This pilot program is designed for caregivers who would not be able to afford respite services. Services available are:  
- companionship,  
- meal preparation,  
- light housekeeping,  
- personal hygiene tasks and  
- Adult Day Health.  
 
Appropriate service options depend on the needs of each situation. This program is intended to help caregivers develop opportunities for self-care by providing short-term financial assistance for respite services.  
 
Self-care activities may include, but are not limited to: taking a class, attending a support group, running errands, visiting with a friend, going out to dinner.  
 
Funds are limited as this is a grant-based subsidy thanks to the generous funding by the Dana Home Foundation. In order to be eligible you must be a Lexington Resident, a senior or caring for a senior, caring for someone or be in need of self-care.  
Income limits also apply .  
 
Once a caregiver identifies a self-care opportunity of interest, he/she must meet with a department social worker to conduct a needs and financial assessment and submit any relevant documentation to show eligibility. The situation is then reviewed and an eligibility determination is made by the Human Services Team.  
 
Please call Hemali Shah at 781-698-4842 or hshah@lexingtonma.gov for more info or to set up an apptmt.

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