This program is designed to assist families or others who are
providing care for incapacitated or functionally dependent older adults who
reside at home. The focus of this program is to address the needs of the
“caregiver” by empowering the caregiver and care receiver to choose the services
or assistance which they feel are most needed in order to reduce stress. Limited
financial assistance is available to reimburse the caregiver for the cost of
needed supplies for the care receiver or for the purchase of services such as
respite care or adult day care. A one time grant is also available (contingent
on availability of funding) to pay for home modifications or assistive devices.
Benefit counseling and/or assistance may also be provided to acquaint caregivers
with available services and resources, as well as counseling or training to help
reduce stress to the caregiver by improving care giving skills.

Limited funding is also available to assist eligible
grandparents over the age of 60 who are the primary caregivers of grandchildren
aged 18 or younger who live in the same home and who have functional
disabilities or developmental delays.

Available funding for participation in this program is extremely
limited and is based on the level of functional dependence of the care receiver
and on income. An Aging Care Manager is assigned to assess the needs of the
caregiver, to evaluate the needs of the care receiver and to review the required
financial documentation to determine eligibility.

For more information about the Family Caregiver Support Program,
please call 570-253-4262.