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Caregiving

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.

Real Experiences

Read how AAAs assist caregivers.

Resources for Caregivers