Many people don't think of themselves as caregivers, but you are a caregiver if one or more of the statements below apply to you.
· provide direct care to someone
--such as feeding, bathing, dressing, supervision, or any other type of assistance?
· provide supportive care
--such as delivering meals, giving rides, calling or stopping in to check on someone?
· feel concern that someone you know isn't taking care of him or herself?
· feel concern that a caregiver you know is struggling and needs help?
Through the Older Americans Act, the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) was developed by the Administration on Aging (AoA) after listening to the needs expressed by hundreds of family caregivers in discussions held across the United States.
The Family Caregiver Program offers information, support, and resources to assist family caregivers (spouse, adult child, other relative, friend or neighbor) with their concerns related to caregiving and helps caregivers find solutions to their caregiving dilemmas. Whether arranging for services, e.g. respite care, transportation, etc., or helping families understand their options for care, the Family Caregiver Program gives caregivers access to the information and services that can help them in the often rewarding, sometimes challenging, role of caregiver.
The program offers the following for family caregivers:
· Information about available services
· Assistance in gaining access to services
· Individual counseling, support groups and training
· Respite care to help caregivers take a break from providing care, and
· Supplemental services
If you would like to learn more about these services and find out if you qualify, contact NWICA 2-1-1 or Information and Assistance at 1-800-826-7871.