THE FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Older Americans Act, established by President Johnson in the 1960s, provides funding to each state to support its elderly population aged 60 or older. The Family Caregiver Support Program, established by President Clinton in 1999, was developed by the Administration on Aging of the US Department of Health and Human Services to support caregivers of the elderly.
- Personal assistance in connecting caregivers with resources and services
- Provides brief, supportive counseling around care giving issues, ongoing support and facilitates family meetings as needed.
- Conducts caregiver assessments
- Develops a care plan which can serve as a guide to the caregiver for future planning
- Conducts caregiver trainings
- Offers caregiver training in the community customized to group needs
- Establishes and facilitates support groups
- Builds relationships with local service providers for optimal resource development and referral
While caregiving is universal, each caregiver comes to us with individual needs that may require only a brief connection, or a more in-depth service which is either handled over the phone, in-home or in-office, depending on the preference of the client.
Support Group Information
The Family Caregiver Support Program offers ongoing general caregiver support groups which are available throughout the service area. Interested caregivers can call Beth Gilmore at Elder Services (508) 394-4630, ext. 450, for more information and/or registration.
If you would like a program brochure and additional information on any of the
services, please contact the Family Caregiver Support Program at 1-800-244-4630
or 1-508-394-4630, M-F 9AM – 5PM or firstname.lastname@example.org.