Eligible family caregivers are:
- A caregiver of any age providing care for an older adult age 60 or older OR providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or related brain disorder.
- A caregiver (who is not the birth or adoptive parent), age 55 or older, raising a related child age 18 and under or an adult with a disability.
The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) offers a range of services to support family caregivers. Specific services vary by county but generally include:
- Information to caregivers about available services,
- Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services,
- Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and training to assist caregivers in the areas of health, nutrition, and financial literacy, and in making decisions and solving problems about their caregiving roles
- Respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and
- Supplemental services, on a limited basis
Information & Options Counseling:Knowing where to start to get help is often the biggest obstacle. We know the resources in the area and can get you in touch with the right people to improve your situation.
Individual Counseling, Support Groups:Taking care of a loved one can be difficult and it helps to talk to someone else. We can arrange for a professional counselor or help you connect with a support group representing others with the same type of experiences.
Education and Training:As a caregiver, you will be more successful as you learn about the issues your loved one is facing. We can help you better understand topics such as self-care and end-of-life planning.
Everyone needs a break. Our region offers a wide variety of services so that you can get away or just relax for a couple of hours.
Our region also has services such as in-home care, small home repairs or modifications, legal assistance, and services for grandparents raising grandchildren under age 18.
Who is a “Caregiver?”
Anyone can be a caregiver of an older or disabled adult who is 60 years old or older:
Daughters, Sons, Nieces, Nephews, Spouses, Same Sex Partners, Close Friends, and Neighbors.
OR: A Grandparent or Relative that is at least 55 years of age and caring for a young child or an adult with a developmental disability.
OR: A person caring for an individual of any with Alzheimer's or related dementia.
Supportive activities, and learning opportunities are conducted throughout the region. See the listings below for more information:
Powerful Tools for Caregivers: A multi-week educational program designed to provide you with the tools needed to take care of yourself. Each participant receives a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook.
Caregiver “Lunch and Learn” Series: Various topics throughout the 12-county region are presented to provide caregivers and families an opportunity to learn about issues and concerns relevant to their needs. Many of these also provide Adult Day Services for loved ones who need care while the program is being conducted.
Caregiver Support Group Meetings: Every county offers a variety of times and opportunities for caregivers to meet with others who share similar concerns, struggles, and questions. Educational topics are also shared to offer caregivers tools for self-care and health management. Some groups may be disease-specific, as with Alzheimer’s Support Groups, while others may be general caregiving support groups. [See County Support Group lists.]
Legal Services for Kinship Caregivers:
Kinship Caregivers looking to adopt minor children can receive pro bono legal services if they meet the following requirements:
- If the caregiver is kin (grandparent or other relative).
- If the caregiver is 60 years of age or older.
- Has had the child for a minimum of 6 months.
- Has limited income.
- Lives in Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Guilford, Montgomery Randolph or Rockingham County.
- The biological parents will not contest the termination of their parental rights and allow the adoption by the grandparent or other kin.
This could mean:
- they have not been involved in the child’s life for at least two (2) years,
- or they cannot be found,
- or they ignore (do not contest) the notice of petition to adopt.
Attorney at Legal Aid of NC – Greensboro
(336) 272-0148 or 1-800-951-2257
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION LINKS
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