The National Family Caregiver Support Program, under Title III-E of the Older Americans Act, is a federal program that provides services to help families and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. Services are available to adult family members who provide in-home and community care for a person age 60 or older, or to grandparents and relatives age 55 or older who serve as caregivers for children 18 and younger.
Families are the major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that care-giving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Many experience conflicts between being a caregivers and work or other responsibilities. Often caregivers are over age 50. This makes them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health, and necessitates having excellent supports and strategies to support themselves while supporting their loved one.
Supports available through Alpine Area Agency on Aging are listed below.