The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) provides support to unpaid family caregivers with the challenges of their caregiving role. FCSP services help promote healthy aging, aging in place and family caregiver self-care. This holistic approach to care can delay or avoid entry into the Medicaid system, provide an alternative to individuals at risk of institutionalization, and support the self-care needs of family caregivers.
The FCSP provides services and support to unpaid caregivers caring for someone who is:
- aged at least 60 years
- any age and has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia
- a child 18 years of age or younger and the caregiver is an older relative (not parent) who is 55 years of age or older
- an adult with a disability and the caregiver is a parent or an older relative who is 55 years of age or older
Services provided by the Family Caregiver Support Program include:
- Information and referral
Caregivers receive information on the range of services available to them in the community.
- Service coordination
A service coordinator meets the caregiver in their home and discusses the situation, assess their needs, and connects them with resources.
- Support groups for caregivers
Support groups are offered throughout the county, the FCSP assist with locating a group where caregivers can meet and gain support.
- Education and training
Free education and training classes offered throughout the year on a variety of topics, including: Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, and Diabetes Self-Management.
- Respite services
Respite is a break from caregiving. A service coordinator can help to identify and coordinate respite care.
*On a limited basis, funding for respite care may be available.
For local information or to get involved, call 503-650-5724.
To locate caregiver support programs nationally, family caregivers can call 1-800-677-1116.