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and Senior Care Options (SNP/SCO), which Fallon offers as NaviCare. These coordinated, patient-centered programs offer solutions
for two of the most common family caregiver requests: keeping
the care recipient safe at home and offering respite from the daily responsibilities of caregiving. In fact, a report by Vital Research shows that PACE decreases the caregiver burden significantly after enrollment, with 58% reporting overall reductions in their levels of
   “Some 60% of family caregivers work outside the home. Most caregivers are female, and lost wages, Social Security benefits, and pensions as a result of leaving the workforce early can equal as much as $324,000.”
stress. But while the approach of these programs gets high marks, only one in three eligible Massachusetts residents is taking advantage of them. We need to do better.
At some point in our lives, most of us will become family caregivers. It may be for a parent, spouse, or friend. It may be for a few hours
a week, or it may be every day. Being a family caregiver is an unheralded role that is central to the health and well-being of our families and society. Let’s honor and acknowledge those who fill
this role. Let’s support the scope and magnitude of their efforts by advancing real solutions that will make a meaningful difference for family caregivers today and tomorrow. n
Dr. Randi Berkowitz is vice president of Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare PACE. She is also a practicing geriatrician with more than 30 years of experience.
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1 * through Northeast Rehab!
*Now offering orthopedic, cardiac, respiratory and pulmonary specialty care
 Northeast Rehab now located on the JGS Lifecare Campus of Care
Patients benefit from our Green HouseTMmodel of rehabilitation as Northeast Rehab is located within The Sosin Center for Rehabilitation.
Call Mary-Anne Schelb 413.935.1791 or email [email protected]
*1. Sosin Center for Rehabilitation and Northeast Rehab
2. Wernick Adult Day Health Care
3. Ruth’s House Assisted Living
4. Leavitt Family Jewish Home
5. Spectrum Home Health & Hospice Care 6. Genesis House for Independent Living
     770-780 Converse St, Longmeadow, MA 01106 •

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