When an older relative or friend becomes sick, frail or disabled, families often step up to help care for them at home for as long as possible. The Family Caregiver Support Program was created to ease some of the stress on caregivers by assisting with and responding to their needs through an array of supporting services. If you are helping an older adult with paying bills, transportation, preparing meals, personal care, errands and doctor’s appointments, then you are a caregiver.
The following 5 services help empower caregivers so they can provide better care and help improve the quality of life for their loved ones.
Information and Referral -about helpful programs, resources and assistance for local and long-distance caregivers
Assistance – to assess needs, identify options and assist caregivers in gaining access to available programs and services
Training, Support Groups and Counseling - to help caregivers in making decisions, solving problems and managing stress
Respite* – to give temporary breaks to help relieve caregiver stress, fatigue and prevent burnout
Supplemental Services* – provided on a limited basis, to assist caregivers through a continuum of services meeting the needs of the care recipient
*Respite and supplemental services require that the older adult needing care must be unable to perform 2 or more daily living activities (eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring or walking.)
A caregiver can be eligible for this program if they are caring for a frail adult age 60 years or older or if they are caring for a relative of any age who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another related dementia.
Grandparents and other relatives (who are not the birth or adoptive parents), age 55 years and older, raising a child under the age of 18 years or who are caring for a dependent individual age 19-59 years with a disability may also be considered a caregiver.
IS THERE A COST FOR THESE SERVICES?
Caregivers and older adults are not charged for the services received but will be given an opportunity to make a voluntary donation towards the cost of their services.
For more information or to make an application for services, please contact:
Stephanie I. Powers