Strangers in the House: The Dilemma of Living with In-Home Services

Families and individuals who receive in-home support services typically face a major problem when trying to maintain the integrity of their private home and family lives despite the inescapable disruptions that come with service-provider presence in the home, especially when the support is very extensive or involves many different workers. This difficulty exists even when families and individuals have good personal relationships with their in-home support personnel, and even when they are adequately sensitive to the issues at stake. But when good personal relationships and sensitivity are absent, the situation can become intolerable.

This one-day presentation explores the dilemma of living with in-home services. It offers insights, practical advice and strategies for managing the issues involved, and invites participants’ reflections on the types of mind-sets that might improve or worsen this dilemma.

Monday, April 29, 2019
8:30am  Registration
9:00am – 4:00pm Workshop
Lunch will be provided

BayCoast Bank – Conference Center
330 Swansea Mall Drive
Swansea, MA

To register, contact Amy Cornell
at The Nemasket Group

Intended Audience:

  • Individuals, family members and care-givers who currently use, or in the future may use, in-home supports
  • representatives of support-providing services, including: visiting nurses, hospice workers, home health aides, respite workers, personal care assistants, direct support professionals and supervisors

 About the Presenter:
This workshop was developed, and will be presented, by Jo Massarelli, of the Social Role Valorization Implementation Project in Worcester, Massachusetts. Professionally, Jo has long been involved with families and individuals who receive in-home supports, as well as representatives of support-providing services. Personally, she has been a caregiver for family members and neighbors who also have had in-home services.

 Sponsored by: DDS Regional Training Council, New Bedford Area Training Committee, Fall River Area Training Committee, and The Nemasket Group – Louis Nisenbaum Memorial Scholarship Fund