Massachusetts Newest Evidence-based Program
The Savvy Caregiver program is a 6 week training program for caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer’s or Related Dementias. The program is facilitated by 1 or 2 trained Practitioners. It is based on the notion that family members who become caregivers need to be trained to assume a new role- caregiving- for which they are unprepared and untrained. Throughout the program- and laced through the various program materials such as the Caregiver’s Manual- the central concept that is emphasized is the notion of strategy. Caregivers will be urged to learn, develop and modify their strategies so they can accomplish their role of caregiving- which includes the contented involvement of the person they care for. The program builds information and knowledge about the illness, developing skills to manage daily life, and fosters a different attitude towards caregiving. The program is geared to informal caregivers of those either living at home or planning to return home, and in a moderate stage of illness.
The Savvy Caregiver Program has been very well received by caregivers who attend. Some testimonials from caregiver participants….
“Since taking this training I have realized that it is about changing how I react in certain situations, it is not about changing my husband.”
“I am able to place more focus on how to communicate with my loved one.”
“My attitude is more understanding because of a better grasp of what the world of someone with dementia may be like.”
For more information about Savvy Caregiver contact Crystal Polizzotti via email or at 978-946-1211.