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National Family Caregiver Support Program

What services are provided?

Eligibility

Who to contact

 

The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides a periodic break for caregivers to regroup both physically and emotionally. Funds are available for a variety of services to support family members and other unpaid caregivers caring for older individuals as well as grandparents and older relatives caring for grandchildren, or parents caring for an adult child with a disability.

 

Program Services:

 

Services are arranged through Area Agency on Aging staff who assess each situation and helps determine eligibility and services that may be received through the NFCSP. Respite services and the purchase of items are prioritized based on several factors including social need and income of care recipient.

 

Services include

  • Information  and assistance to help connect caregivers to services to ease the burden of caregiving.
  • Offers short-term respite services so that caregivers can get the time and the rest they deserve.
  • Training opportunities for caregivers to equip them with technical skills to provide needed care.
  • Connecting caregivers to area support groups.
  • Purchasing items and services not covered by other sources, as determined by the case manager.
Eligibility
To be eligible for assistance a caregiver must meet specific requirements for program participation. Care recipients (person requiring care) must have an identified caregiver in order to receive services and met one of the following criteria:
  • Adult family members or other informal caregivers, age 18 and older, providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older.
  • Adult family members or other informal caregivers, age 18 and older, providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
  • Grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to children under the age of 18.
  • Grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to adults age 18-59 with disabilities.
Contact

Contact the Area Agency on Aging in your area either by calling 1-800-994-9422 (in CT) or by visiting their website.