Services We Offer
Services available through the Family Caregiver Support Program include:
Information and referral
Caregivers receive information on the range of community services available to them.
Short-term case management
A case manager can meet you in your home to discuss your caregiving situation with you, assess your needs, and help connect you to resources to assist you in your responsibilities.
Paid respite (a relief break from caregiving)
Everyone needs a break from caregiving. Our program will cover the cost of a relief break so that you can relax, rejuvenate and do something just for you. Paid respite is available in two ways:
- Through a certified home health agency, with trained, pre-screened in-home aids who have had criminal history checks
- There are also a limited number of respite stipends available for you to pay a person or facility of your choice to provide respite care.
Paid medical equipment and adaptive aids
Our program will pay for medical equipment and/or adaptive aids to make caregiving safer and easier. Common equipment needs include mobility devices like walkers and transport wheelchairs; safety devices such as grab bars, transfer benches, gait belts; and bathroom equipment like bath benches, detachable shower heads, etc.
Free support groups
Free monthly support groups are offered at various locations throughout the county. Meet other family caregivers, gain support and learn about new resources to help you on your caregiving journey.
Free individual counseling services
Sometimes when going through a difficult or challenging time, it is helpful to talk one-on-one with a trained counselor. Our program will cover the cost for up to five sessions with a counselor who works with family caregivers.
Family Caregiver Training Course
This free training is a five-week, 15-hour series on topics important to family caregiving: where to find help in the community, how to help the person in care without hurting yourself, behavior and medication management, legal considerations, emergency preparedness, and end-of-life planning. This training is offered a few times per year in partnership with No Worries In-Home Services. The focus is on care to adults and seniors.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class
Our program helps support and promote the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregiver class series, developed by Legacy Caregiver Services, which is offered at various locations throughout the county. This series focuses on self-care tools useful in dealing with daily stresses and challenges in family caregiving. It helps you make a plan to take care of yourself while caring for another.
Annual Family Caregiver Conference
The annual caregiver conference is held during November, National Family Caregiver Month, and offers the latest information and resources for family caregivers. The conference is free to unpaid family caregivers.
Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Presentation Series
A series of presentations for those parenting a second time around. Topics focus on helping children build strength and resiliency, and helping grandparents/relatives take care of themselves. Presentations are offered throughout the year at various locations in the county.
Online access to the Advisory Newsletter
The online-only publication includes news of interest to seniors and family caregivers, such as updates on veteran issues, Medicare, health and wellness, legislation, grandparent and caregiver concerns. Subscribe here.