Nearly 70 families and agency staff attended the Older Caregiver Forum held at the DDS Southeast Regional Office. Caregivers expressed their concerns and worries for their loved ones’ futures.
Sibling Cathy Lacoste-Hamel urged parents to educate brothers and sisters on what is needed (such as working with Social Security).
Many attendees expressed gratitude for good programs and services; however, issues with the ongoing workforce shortage crisis, the lack of available programs and services (including respite and transportation) caused great concern.
One parent remarked that she did not want to wait for the crisis to happen before she is able to receive help.
Our next forum, for the Western Region of Massachusetts, is scheduled at the Holyoke Public Library on May 1st. Register today.