If you are caring for loved one and are starting to feel stress, run down, alone, than it is time to think about RESPITE. The Club program is an economical fee based program for individuals with mild cognitive impairment. The Club offers supervised activities and companionship 2 days per week. If you feel you need a break, definitely call the Center and inquire about availability
The Club at the Center offers respite care one or two days per week, for your loved one. The Center is a vibrant “adult center” offering programs, activities, exercise classes and so much more. The Club will offer individuals who need a little more supervision the same opportunities. The goals of The Club is to provide a caring, home-like setting to:Stimulate
Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful. With proper support and assistance, your role as a care giver can seem less daunting. There is help in our community for you; information, resources and now: The Club at the Center will allow you some time away from your daily responsibilities of caring for your loved one. Whether you are caring for a parent, spouse or neighbor, call the Council on Aging and schedule an appointment to discuss the possibilities for your loved one.
Caregiver Support group meetings
Enjoy TIME OFF
Restore your energy
Tuesday and Thursday
Full Day – 9:00am-2:30pm includes lunch and snacks
Half Day Options – 9:00am-12:15pm or
11:15pm-2:30pm includes lunch and snacks
Full Day $65 Half Day $50 Medfield Residents receive $15 discount
Transportation available in Medfield for additional cost.
-Recognize what you’re up against. -Dementia inevitably gets worse with time. -People with dementia will gradually have a more difficult time understanding others, as well as communicating in general.
-Avoid distractions. Try to find a place and time to talk when there aren’t a lot of distractions present. This allows your loved one to focus all their mental energy on the conversation.
-Speak clearly and naturally in a warm and calm voice. Refrain from ‘baby talk’ or any other kind of condescension.
-Refer to people by their names. Avoid pronouns like “he,” “she,” and “they” during conversation. Names are also important when greeting a loved one with dementia. For example: “Hi, Grandma. It’s me, Jeff,” is to be preferred over, “Hi. It’s me.”
-Talk about one thing at a time. Someone with dementia may not be able to engage in the mental juggling involved in maintaining a conversation with multiple threads.
-Use nonverbal cues. For example, maintain eye contact and smile. This helps put your loved one at ease and will facilitate understanding. And when dementia is very advanced, nonverbal communication may be the only option available.
-Listen actively. If you don’t understand something your loved one is telling you, politely let them know.
-Don’t quibble. Your conversations are not likely to go very far if you try to correct every inaccurate statement your loved one makes. It’s okay to let delusions and misstatements go.
-Have patience. Give your loved one extra time to process what you say. If you ask a question, give a moment to respond. Don’t let frustration get the better of you.
-Understand there will be good days and bad days. While the general trend of dementia sufferers is a downward decline, people with dementia will have ups and downs just like anyone else.