Southeastern Region Presented 4th Caregiver Conference

DSC_0759BIA-MA’s Southeastern Regional office, along with primary sponsor Boston Medical Center HealthNet presented its 4th Caregiver Conference at the Canal Club of the famed Trowbridge Tavern in Bourne. The conference committee included several caregivers who all contributed greatly to the content and execution of the conference.

Arriving from as far away as Maine, Rhode Island, and western Massachusetts, over 120 caregivers, both family and professionals, enjoyed a day of education, friendship, and great food.

Nicole Godaire, BIA-MA’s Executive Director, welcomed the group and kept the program
running smoothly.

Speakers included representatives from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services, MassHealth, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Model Systems, All 4 Healing Wellness and Stress Relief, and Cape Stress Reduction & Optimal Health. Tom Hall provided the group with behavior management techniques while Attorney Juliane Soprano guided the attendees through Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability applications and appeals processes. Marilyn Spivack, founder of the Brain Injury Association of America, stressed the need for advocacy, and BIA-MA’s Information and Resources Senior Manager Myles Marisseau presented an overview of the services that our organization provides.

According to Sandy Topalian, manager of BIA-MA’s Southeastern Region, “many people complimented our team on the high quality of the conference offerings with comments such as: ‘What a great opportunity for all of us who really need every bit of this important information’, ‘All excellent speakers, extremely informative’, and ‘one of the best run conferences we have ever attended. Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful day’, ‘Very rewarding to spend the day with other caregivers who have been there and really ‘get it’. ‘We could vent without feeling guilty’.” Dr. Cathy Stern and Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital were breakfast sponsors and 16 organizations exhibited their offerings to the group. Braintree and New England Rehabilitation Hospitals and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network also supported this important event.

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