Family Caregiver Support

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. 

Administration Areas
  • Information
    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

    • Neighbor or friend caring for or assisting an aging neighbor or friend

  • Assistance
    Aiding the 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 well.

  • Supplemental Services
    Identified services offered on a limited basis to compliment the care provided by the caregiver.

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