Caregiver Support Tools

Caring for someone's health and personal needs can be rewarding, but also time consuming and stressful. Caregiving can be physically demanding and emotionally draining. Often caregivers overlook their own needs and become exhausted, making it difficult to balance working and caregiving.

The caregiver support tools and resources from Southern Maine Agency on Aging help caregiving employees to continue providing needed care while also taking care of themselves.

Education and Programs

A variety of lunch and learn programs are available to support employees as they grapple the many issues they face as caregivers. Whether they are caregiving from afar or in the thick of caring for a family member with a cognitive disorder, a 1-hour lunch and learn program can help inform on available resources and offer strategies and needed support.

All programs are presented by a caregiver specialist on site at your business or via web before or after work hours or during lunch. 2-hour comprehensive seminars are also available.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Strategies for Independent Living
• Coping with Anxiety for Family Caregivers
• Stress Management for Family Caregivers
• Aging and Memory
• Caregiving as a Family
• Communicating with Healthcare Providers
• Caregiving from a Distance, and more...

On-site or Telephonic 1:1 Access to Caregiver Specialists

Confidential consultation with a caregiver specialist can be provided via periodic on-site visits to your business or via a confidential telephone conference. These discussions will offer employees personalized referrals and information based on their unique situation. An average support session involves multiple interactions.

Trualta e-Learning Platform

Trualta is an e-Learning platform designed specifically for family caregivers and tailored to their particular caregiving journey. Trualta is convenient, on-demand, and highlycustomizable for the user.

New topics are added monthly ensuring that caregivers receive the most up-to-date information available.

SMAA offers a program for employers to make this convenient, easy to use resource available to caregiving employees.

The Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center

The state-of-the-art Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center at Southern Maine Agency on Aging provides a home-away-from-home experience during the day for our members living with memory impairments including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. With convenient weekday hours and transportation available, family caregivers can have peace of mind while they are at work or when they need respite.

Conveniently located in Biddeford, the Cohen Center encompasses the latest therapeutic approaches in person-centered care, providing a safe environment for members while encouraging socialization, healthy choices, and maximum independence. The Cohen Center also provide family caregivers with critically important support and education that ultimately reduces stress and facilitates the employee's family member the ability to live at home for as long as possible.

The Cohen Center offers peace of mind to employees as they go about their work day knowing their family members with dementia are in an active and caring community environment. Employers may offer referrals or stipends for a trial visit for employees' family members.

The Cohen Center has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Portland Press Herald, the Forecaster, the Journal Tribune, and WMTW.