Are you concerned about an elderly parent who is alone too much or lonely? Is your mother showing signs of forgetfulness? Are you taking care of your elderly spouse or sibling? Our eldercare counselors can help with advice and counseling for families.

advice_and_counseling_participantsNearly everyone has an aging loved one these days. It’s difficult for most people to know when their relative needs help—or where to find help that you will like. Most older people insist that they don’t want any help, and families feel torn about how much to push. Some of the questions we hear most often:

  • When does my loved one need help?
  • What services are available?
  • My parent refuses all suggestions of help! What do I do?
  • Do we need a nursing home? Are there other alternatives?
  • What is adult day care?
  • What is home care?
  • What is a community care home?
  • How do I find assisted living?

Our geriatric social workers can listen to your unique story and help you decide what to do, whether that means finding someone to help care for your dad, helping you discuss your concerns with a parent, or assessing whether or not it’s time to intervene.

Local and long-distance eldercare support

advice_and_counseling_elderly_servicesYou may live in Middlebury, Vt., and are worried about your mother in Connecticut. Alternatively, you may live in Alabama and your parents are here in Addison County, Vermont.

Our counseling team provides information and guidance on both local eldercare and long-distance caregiving or oversight. We can help you with research about services in other parts of the country. We can provide eldercare counseling to you by telephone if you live out of state.

Family caregiver support groups

Would you benefit from sharing your questions and concerns with others in a similar eldercare role? Join our eldercare counselors and other family caregivers for a support group meeting! There are two meetings each month:

Third Friday of the Month
Noon-1:30 p.m., Elderly Services Solarium, 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, Vt.

Second Wednesday of the Month
7-8 p.m., Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Road, Middlebury, Vt.

For more information on our support groups, call Nancy Conant, MSW, or Judy English, MSW, at 802.388.3983, or drop us a line at mail@elderlyservices.org.