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CARE Program

Are you a dedicated caregiver providing support to an older adult, individual with disabilities, or grandchildren or other relatives? We understand the challenges you face and the importance of taking care of yourself too. That’s why WestMass ElderCare proudly presents the Caregiver Assistance, Respite, and Enrichment (CARE) Program. It’s time to prioritize your well-being while ensuring your loved ones receive exceptional care.


What is the CARE Program?

The CARE Program is a comprehensive solution designed to offer paid caregiver respite and support in the WestMass service area. Our goal is to empower caregivers by providing them with the resources they need to maintain a healthy work-life balance, enhance their caregiving skills, and take well-deserved breaks when necessary.


How to Get Started:

Joining the CARE Program is simple. WestMass ElderCare is dedicated to making the enrollment process seamless and hassle-free. Here’s how you can begin your journey to unwind with peace of mind:

  1. Reach out: Contact our dedicated Community Resource Specialists via phone or email, and we’ll be happy to provide you with detailed information, answer any questions you may have, and guide you through the enrollment process.
  2. Personalized Assessment: Our Family Caregiver Specialist will conduct a thorough assessment of your caregiving needs and preferences. This step ensures we create a tailored plan that aligns with your specific requirements.
  3. Caregiver Support Plan: Based on the assessment, we’ll develop a comprehensive caregiver support plan specifically designed to cater to your unique circumstances. You choose when and how often you want to receive respite care, and who will provide the service.  You can choose a trusted family member, friend, or professional from one of our partner agencies.
  4. Get the Care You Deserve: Once your caregiver support plan is finalized, you can start enjoying the benefits of the CARE Program and unwind with peace of mind.


Discover the Freedom to Care for Yourself:

The CARE Program from WestMass ElderCare is your pathway to reclaiming balance in your life while ensuring exceptional care for the older adults, individuals with disabilities, or grandchildren you care for. Prioritize your well-being as you care for your loved ones. Join the CARE Program today and experience the freedom to care for yourself, guilt-free.

Contact us now to learn more about the CARE Program and how we can support you on your caregiving journey. Your well-being matters to us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does WMEC supply the respite person?

While WMEC doesn’t,  we work with partner agencies who can provide someone, or you can choose to use a family member or friend.

How does the program work?

Our Family Caregiver Specialist will assess your needs. Approved caregivers will be assigned a total number of hours to be used for respite care. You choose when and how often you use those hours. 

Do you need my income in order to be part of the program?

The CARE program requires no income information to be supplied. 

Is there a fee for the program?

There is no fee for the CARE program.

Can I qualify for the program is I receive Personal Care Attendant (PCA) or Adult Family Care (AFC) services?

Unfortunately, if you receive PCA or AFC services, you do not qualify for the CARE program.  However, don’t let that stop you from contacting us, as we may have other support options for you.

Will you pay for my massage?

While we won’t pay for your massage, we will ensure you get the support you need so you can take the time to get one, if that’s what you want! Contact us today for more information!