Support for Caregivers
Families are the major provider of long-term care to older loved ones who need assistance. While this responsibility can take an emotional, physical and financial toll, knowing about and taking advantage of available resources can help relieve caregiver stress.
Throughout the country, States and Territories receive grants though the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) to fund services that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible, including
- information to about available services,
- assistance in gaining access to services,
- individual counseling, support groups and caregiver training,
- respite care, and
- supplemental services, on a limited basis
These programs, along with other state and community-based services, help to reduce depression, anxiety and stress caregivers may feel, and enable them to provide quality care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the need for costly institutional care of their loved one.
Find Caregiver Support
Locally, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs are the trusted community link to information and services on a range of assistance for older adults and those who care for them. To identify these local contacts, visit the Eldercare Locator at www.eldercare.gov or call 800-677.1116.
A Caregiving Series
Taking Care with Joan Lunden, a four-part caregiving series from Retirement Living TV, examines the physical, mental and emotional lifestyle adjustments associated with caregiving and highlights support strategies and options for caregivers. n4a CEO Sandy Markwood is a featured expert. View the series.
Resources for Caregivers
- Guide to Benefits Programs for Seniors
- Hospital to Home: Planning for a Smooth Transition
- 10 Warning Signs an Older Loved One May Need Assistance
- el folleto de Eldercare Locator en Espanol
- Staying Connected: Technology Options for Older Adults
- Eldercare Locator Brochure
- Preventing Falls at Home
- Housing Options for Older Adults
- Transportation Options for Older Adults
- Winter Warmth and Safety
- Staying in Touch in an Emergency
- Prescription Drug Options for Older Adults (From Toolkit)
- Employment Options: Tips for Older Job Seekers