Support for Families

A Helping Hand During a Trying Time

At Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services, we have a comprehensive program to help people who are caring for a loved one with dementia.

Our program has seven elements, a combination of educational resources and support services. These elements are available at any stage of dementia—from pre-diagnosis to the final stage—and you can use whichever services you need.

We can teach you skills to better deal with the ongoing challenges that dementia can present. The goals are to increase your well-being, reduce your stress and decrease any feelings of isolation and loneliness. We also aim to help your loved one remain in a stress-free environment in the community as long as possible.

Our services are offered at no charge as a result of philanthropic support from benefactors.

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Telephone Help Line

The best place to start is with a phone call. Call us at (508) 775-5656 if you are:

  • Caring for someone with declining mental ability, dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • Concerned about your own memory loss or declining mental ability
  • A healthcare professional working with dementia or Alzheimer’s patients
  • A member of the public concerned about someone with these conditions

When you call, we will answer your questions, explain our services, refer you to resources or, if you wish, schedule an introductory meeting.

Our caregiver program is funded (in whole or in part) by the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living by a contract from Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Caregiver Education Series

Every month, we offer a three-part workshop for family caregivers where you can:

  • Gain a greater, more in-depth understanding of dementia and how it progresses.
  • Learn skills to communicate better with your loved ones verbally and non-verbally.
  • Understand the causes of difficult behaviors and learn to manage changes in personality.
Hyannis, MA

765 Attucks Lane
2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.

The workshop is offered at no charge, but registration is required.

For more information or to sign up, call us at (508) 775-5656 or email 

“The Alzheimer’s caregiver support group has allowed me to share my inner feelings with others who feel the same way and are going through the same thing that I am going through. This group has given me the strength to go on every day.”

— Brenda Danovitch, family caregiver

Caregiver Support Groups

An Alzheimer’s support group is a place for family caregivers, loved ones and friends to discuss issues related to coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

These support groups offer education and emotional support in a comfortable, confidential environment led by a group facilitator.

We offer two types of groups:

  • General support groups for family caregivers
  • Compassionate Alzheimer’s Respite, Education and Support (CARES). This program is an opportunity for you to bring your loved one to a support group. The person living with dementia attends a group with socialization and conversation, while you receive support in a separate gathering.

Find a support group near you.

Respite Grants

If you need a break from the constant physical and emotional stress of caring for someone with dementia, a respite grant could be helpful. These grants pay for professional caregivers to look after your loved one while you rest and recharge.

If you are already receiving services from us, you are welcome to apply for a respite grant. Three types are available:

  • In-home care
  • Adult daycare
  • In-facility overnight care

Download the respite grant application. If you have any questions, please call (508) 775-5656.

Ongoing Family Support and Counseling

Caring for someone with dementia requires ongoing assessment, planning and evaluation. Your needs will change as the disease progresses. In ongoing sessions, your clinician will work with you to modify the plan to account for changes, ensure the highest quality of life for all involved, and connect you to helpful community resources.  

Referrals to Other Agencies

A broad, multi-faceted array of dementia support is available to families. Your local community may offer additional resources, and we can connect you with those when appropriate.

Have questions about our dementia support for families?

Ask us at (508) 775-5656 or

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