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Caregivers

4/7/2014 4:50:39 PM



Family members and other informal caregivers are the backbone of our long-term care system by providing largely unpaid assistance to older adults with chronic illness or disabilities. The National Family Caregiver Support Program is designed to assist the millions of caregivers who struggle each day to provide for their chronically ill and/or disabled loved ones. 

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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