The Department administers National Family Caregiver Support Program services to help families under certain circumstances, including those that care for frail older relatives and grandparents, or older relatives who serve as caregivers for minor children or children of any age who have disabilities.
Funds for the National Family Caregiver Support Program come from Title III-E of the federal Older Americans Act. Resources are allocated to Area Agencies on Aging, which contracts with local service providers to deliver a range of services.
These services include:
- Material Aid
- Assistance in gaining access to services
- Individual counseling
- Organization of support groups and caregiver training
- Respite care
- Supplemental services, including housing improvement, chore, provision of medical supplies and services
- Legal assistance for caregivers, grandparents or older individuals who are caregivers for relatives.
National Family Caregiver Support Program services are available to adult family members who provide in-home and community care for a person age 60 or older, or to grandparents and relatives age 55 or older who serve as caregivers for children 18 and younger, or for children of any age who have disabilities.