Area Agency on Aging

Caregiver

Family Caregiver Support Program

The Family Caregiver Resource Specialist continually works on a regional level to establish partnerships with caregiver service providers, caregivers, and those who interact with caregivers to leverage resources and improve and expand the available resources/services for caregivers. This program is funded by the Older Americans Act, Title III-E.

You are a caregiver if you…

  • Provide personal care for a love one (such as bathing, dressing, toileting, meal or feeding task, aiding walking/movement).
  • Perform task to help such as…(errands, shopping, bu¬dgeting, medical appointments, home repairs and chores, and transportation).
  • Seek assistance and/or formal services (i.e. hiring or needing someone to stay ¬with your loved one).
  • Consider long-term care or placement (making the decision to place your loved one and then your level of involvement after placement).
  • Coping with loss (when death, end of life issues, or just a change in the relationship brings about difficult adjustments for you).

Your Community Can Help…

The FCSP may be lending aid to your county within it’s existing resources in the following five areas:
  1. Information and Referral Services
  2. Help receiving and understanding the process to access services
  3. Counseling and Education (i.e. Caregiver trainings, educational seminars)
  4. Respite Care (giving a caregiver a break)
  5. Supplemental Services (i.e. grab bars, safety checks)

Caregiver’s Bill of Rights - Adapted from the AARP

As a caregiver I have the right…

  • To take care of myself, to rest when tired, to eat well, to take breaks form care giving when I need them.
  • To recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
  • To seek help from family, involved parties, and the community at large.
  • To socialize, maintain my interest, and do things I enjoy.
  • To acknowledge my feelings, whether positive or negative, including frustration, anger, and depression; and to express them in a healthy manner.
  • To take pride in the valuable work I do, and to applaud the courage and strength it takes to meet the needs of my loved one.

Who do we serve?
Who this program can help…

  • Family caregivers of older adults, age 60 years or older;
  • Caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (regardless of age);
  • Grandparents and relative caregivers, age 55 years or older, of children no older than age 18.
  • Relative caregivers; age 55 years or older; of an adult child aged 19-59, with a disability (not including natural or adoptive parents).

Priority populations we will serve:

  • Persons in greatest social and economic need (with particular attention to low-income individuals); and
  • Older individuals providing care and support to persons with severe disabilities; including children with severe disabilities.