Family Caregivers & Outreach

The staff at the Council on Aging can assist older adults maintain their independence in the community, locate resources and answer questions. Our outreach workers can be an excellent resource for those who are trying to find local assistance for spouses and/or parents. The staff is here to provide help and information whether you live nearby or in a different state.

Please feel free to call the office at 508-651-7858.

Caregiving and Community Resources

Bay Path Elder Services Overview

Bay Path Elder Services is a nonprofit organization which has served 14 towns, including Sherborn, since 1977 with programs for the elderly and their families.  With the aging of America, as more and more people live into their 80s and 90s, adult children are pressed into service as caregivers, a task that requires balance with raising their own families and maintaining their careers.

The Caregiver Program emphasizes support, education, respite, information and training for those who are given the responsibility, often with little or no preparation, to care for a family member. The Caregiver program is free to all caregivers.  A caregiver must be providing some kind of care to an individual age 60 or older or a person who is age 60 or older who is providing care for a child under age 18.  A Care Advisor or Caregiver Trainer is available to provide one on one support and education to help the caregiver assess the needs and identify options in the community.

For more information, contact Bay Path Elder Services, Inc. at 33 Boston Post Road, West Marlboro, MA 01752 or phone 508-573-7200 or Fax 508-573-7222. 

Caregivers can also find resources by clicking here.

Additionally, Bay Path offers other programs and services for the elderly:

Home Care: Case management. In-home services, including homemaking, home-delivered meals, shopping, personal care, transportation and adult day programs. A monthly co-payment from the client is based on a sliding scale, according to income. Enhanced services are available for those who are eligible. Contact the Sherborn Council on Aging for more information.
Respite Care: Short-term Respite Care is designed to relieve the caregiver of some responsibilities. Respite Care is available for those age 60 or older or anyone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Case management. In-home services including, homemaking, home-delivered meals, shopping, personal care, transportation, in-home companionship and adult day programs. A monthly co-payment from the client is based on a sliding scale, according to income. Contact Bay Path or call the Sherborn COA at (508)651-7858.

Geriatric Care Management: Private Pay for a professional Geriatric Care Manager to provide in-home assessments, coordination of services, and ongoing monitoring of needs and services. Contact the Sherborn COA for a list of providers.

Nursing Home Ombudsman: Help with resolving concerns of nursing facilities residents, working closely with all area facilities, and coordinating a team of Ombudsman Volunteers. Contact BayPath for more information.

Family Caregiver Handbook

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology offer an online version of their publication The Family Caregiver Handbook. The handbook assists family and friends of Massachusetts elders in finding information and assessing services. Each section addresses questions that caregivers need to ask and answer as they design elder care plans and make elder care choices. The handbook has a Glossary section which defines unfamiliar terms, and a Directory by city and town to help with finding services nearby.

Click here for brochure.