Educate Advocate Reduce Stress (EARS) for Caregivers
EARS, developed in 2000 through generous funding from the Middlesex
County Office on Aging, is a caregiver-focused outreach service.
Staffed by professional social workers experienced in both geriatrics
and in working with family caregivers, the goal of EARS is to empower
family caregivers by providing education, psychological support,
advocacy and linkage to resources that maintain quality of life
for both the caregiver and his/her older care receiver.
The program serves any family caregiver age 18 and over who is
caring for an older adult age 60 and over. To be eligible for services,
caregivers must either reside or work in Middlesex County or be
caring for an older adult who lives in Middlesex County.
EARS staff offer free, comprehensive and individual assessment,
counseling, emotional support and referral to a host of local, county
and state programs and services, including: Homemaker and home health
agencies, respite care, financial assistance programs, mental health
counseling, and long-term care facilities.
EARS also offers
specialized programs designed to meet the needs of family caregivers:
- Monthly Caregiver Support Group
- Caregiver Education Series
- Worksite “Lunch and Learn” Program, designed for
the working caregiver
- Educational presentations for health care and social service
professionals regarding caregiver issues
For more information call 866-300-3277.