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Caregivers

6/19/2015 4:58:30 PM

Basic Services of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) 

The Colorado Department of Human Services, through the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) provide five basic services for family caregivers: 

  •  Informing caregivers about available services;

  •  Helping caregivers gain access to supportive services;

  •  Offering individual counseling, lists of support groups, and caregiver training, to assist caregivers to make decisions and solve problems relating to caregiving roles;

  •  Providing respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities. Respite care includes:

          -  In-home respite care

          -  Adult day services; and

  •  Making available supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the assistance provided by caregivers, including:

          -  Home modifications,

          -  Assistive technologies,

          -  Emergency response systems, and 

          -  Equipment/supplies. 

Eligible Caregivers Include:

  •  Adult family members or other individuals providing informal in-home and community care to an older adult (60 years of age or older) who is frail and determined to be functionally impaired;

  •  Grandparents, step-grandparents, or older adults who are relative caregivers of a child by blood, marriage, or adoption and are 55 years of age or older; and live with or has a legal relationship with the child;

Priority consideration is given to:

  •  Low-income minority older adults and older adults living in rural or geographically isolated areas;

  •  Family caregivers who provide care for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders; and 

  •  Caregivers who provide care for children with severe disabilities.

Who to Contact for Help:

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging. For more information about the National Family Caregiving Support Program in Colorado, call 303-866-2800 or 1-888-866-4243.

Local Area Agency on Aging Contact Information:

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