Today the population is living longer than ever before. Along
with this aging trend has also come the desire for people to
remain independent in their home even with chronic illness. The
Family Caregiver Support Program is a program designed to
identify, assist and support family caregivers with the task of
taking care of their loved one in the home.
In 1999 during the re-authorization of the Older Americans
Act came the National Family Caregiver Support Program. This
program calls for all states with the partnership of the Area
Agency on Aging to administer this program in five areas.
To identify caregivers in the area and to
identify what services are available in the area for caregivers.
A caregiver is defined as a person who is assisting another
person to live independent in their home. This may be:
Spouse caring for a spouse
Children caring for or
assisting aging parent(s)
Children caring for or assisting aging parent(s) along
with raising their own children
Children caring for or assisting aging parent(s) for
long distance with or without the assistance of paid caregivers
friend caring for or assisting an aging neighbor or friend
Assistance Aidingthe caregiver to gain access to services that can assist them in
their caregiving role ---This is identified as the Care
Management program of the Area Agency on Aging
Respite Service Enables the caregiver to have temporary relief of the caregiving
tasks by a paid caregiver so they may participate in activities
of their choice to help keep themselves mentally and emotionally
Supplemental Services Identified services offered on a limited basis to compliment the
care provided by the caregiver.
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