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Posted on December 23, 2019 at 10:28 AM by Janet Lo
An estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community. Research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are at risk themselves. Emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from stressful, complex caregiving situations and the strain of caring for frail or disabled relatives. Caregivers play an important role in providing care for their sick or disabled loved ones. However, caregivers need support to increase their chances of having an effective healthy caregiving experience over the long haul.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provides resources and assistance for unpaid caregivers providing care for someone who is 60 years of age or older or someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The focus of the NFCSP is the caregiver and provides a service delivery system that responds to the needs of the caregiver for adult family members (age 18 years or older) or other adult informal caregivers providing care to adults age 60 and over. A couple of services offered through NFCSP are:
1.) Respite, In- home Adult Care(Sitter) - an individual can receive 6 hours a week of In-home service with a meal, or 7 hours of In-home service without a meal.
2.) Respite, Adult Day Care - The Aging Commission pays for 3 days of week of Adult Day Care, which gives the caregiver a form of respite.
If you have questions or need Family Caregiver Support please feel free to call 901-222-4111 for more information or visit.
Tag(s): December 2019, Aging