NO ACT OF KINDNESS,
NO MATTER HOW SMALL,
IS EVER WASTED.
Serving New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Easton & surrounding areas
For a number of years, I helped my parents “around the edges.” I provided assistance by paying bills, managing medications, grocery shopping, scheduling and going to appointments, sorting through the mail, and most importantly, just visiting. They were able to remain in their home into their mid-90’s. I realized how difficult it would have been for them if I had not been able to be there and how many individuals do not have someone to" just be there."
After retiring as a manager in a Federal civil rights agency, I began to acquire knowledge and experience in the geriatric field. The first step I took was to acquire a certificate in Managing Aging Services from UMass, Boston. I then began working for an Aging Services Access Point (ASAP). Most recently, I worked as an options counselor, assisting individuals in identifying and accessing resources, and as a caregiver support specialist. I also conduct a number of trainings for caregivers, including training for caregivers caring for someone with dementia. I have volunteered as an ombudsman in skilled nursing facilities and a check-writer under the State’s Money Management program.
Several years after I began this journey, I became the 24/7 caregiver for my father, who had vascular dementia. While this was a detour in the road I had started on, I look at this time as a gift. As much as I thought I knew about caring for an elder and the challenges of caregiving, actually being the caregiver was eye opening, challenging and very rewarding; I am better for the experience.
Throughout my personal and professional experiences, it is clear to me that there are many gaps in the services available to assist people in enjoying an independent and meaningful life. I can help to fill those gaps for individuals in a caring and compassionate manner.
So often it is about the little things and too often agency assistance fails to bring the personal touch or provide the flexibility needed. An individual may not have family members who can help or the individual may need more assistance than the family can provide. I can also help a caregiver get a break by providing socialization and companionship to their loved one.
Areas of assistance include (but are not limited to):
participating in social activities
playing board games/cards, etc.
Assistance with paperwork/managing appointments
Organization of household, clothing, paperwork, etc.
Support tailored to your needs
Alzheimer’s Association - 24/7 Help Line 800-272-3900
Great resource for individuals with any form of dementia and their caregivers
Aging Services Access Points (ASAP)— divided by geography area
Bristol Elder Services 508 675-2101 (Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro)
Coastline Services 508 999-6400 (Greater New Bedford area, including Marion)
Old Colony Elder Services 508 584-1561 (covering Brockton/Plymouth County)
ASAPs are a great place to start search for resources and state-supported programs
Mass Options — simplified connection to access care for elders and individuals with disabilities - 844 422-6277
Someone's Daughter LLC
Carolyn F Lazaris
508 353 9532
P.O. Box 43
Somerset, MA 02726
Free in-home consultation to discuss your needs and how I can assist
Cori checked/references available
Serving New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Easton, & surrounding areas