The National Family Caregiver Support Program is a federally funded program providing services to primary unpaid caregivers who are assisting elderly or raising a grandchild.
Eligibility for Program is as follows:
Family Caregivers of the Elderly
A family caregiver is defined as an adult family member or other individual who is an informal or unpaid provider of in home services and community care services for a “frail” older individual who is 60 years of age or older or an individual of any age with Alzheimer’s Disease or related disorders.
- The term “frail” means that the older individual is unable to perform at least 2 activities of daily living without substantial human assistance, including verbal reminding, physical cueing or supervision.
- Also due to cognitive or mental impairment, the individual requires substantial supervision due to behavior that poses a serious health or safety hazard to the individual or another person.
Grandparents or Other Relative Caregivers
A grandparent or older individual who is a relative caregiver means a grandparent or step-grandparent of a child, or a relative of a child by blood, marriage, or adoption (does not include a parent) who is 55 years of age or older and—
- Lives with the child (age 18 or younger)
- Is the primary caregiver of the child because the biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver of the child; and
- Has a legal relationship to the child, as such legal custody or guardianship, or is raising the child informally
- Or is caring for an adult 18yrs old or older with a disability, if under care of grandparent or other relative
There are 5 basic services as required by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Information to caregivers about services
- Assistance in gaining access to supportive services
- Individual counseling, organization of support groups, & training to assist in making decisions
- Respite care : which helps provide caregivers with a break from their caregiving responsibilities
- Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement care provided by caregivers: these services for the family caregiver provides a choice between reimbursement up to $300 (based on availability of funding) for supplies like depends or ensure that the caregiver might have to buy out of pocket for the care of their loved one, or up to $300 for the medical alert button paid for throughout the fiscal year.
- A supplemental service for a grandparent raising their grandchild provides an amount up to $100 per grandchild for the purchase of needed items such as school supplies or clothing. (Funding is limited under the national program for grandparents).
For assistance, call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 270-782-9223 or 1-800-395-7654.