Families—not institutions—provide the majority of care to chronically ill and disabled loved ones. You are a caregiver if you routinely provide supervision and/or assistance to another individual who is elderly, disabled, chronically or terminally ill.
Jefferson County receives financial support through the National Family Caregiver Support Program which is designed to provide information, support and assistance to:
Family and friends who help care for a person age 60 and older.
Family and friends who help care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia regardless of age.
Grandparents or relative caregivers age 55+ who are the primary caregiver for their relative's children age 19 or younger, or who are caring for someone with a severe disability who is 19 to 59 years of age.
Services available through the National Family Caregiver Support Program include:
Information to caregivers about available services.
Assistance to caregivers in accessing services.
Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their caregiver role.
Respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities, whether their loved one is elderly or a grandchild (supportive home care, home chore, and personal care).
Supplemental services on a limited basis to complement the care provided by the caregiver (home modification, transportation, adaptive aids, personal response systems).
ALZHEIMERS FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM (AFCSP)
The Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program is available to help families caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Dementia. The AFCSP provides services and funding for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities to maintain persons with dementia in community placement. Eligible individuals can receive a small grant annually to help pay for needed services and supplies. Eligible individuals or households may receive up to $4,000 per year to help cover the cost of day care, respite care, home health services.
Individuals or households with an income of less than $40,000 per year who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease; Huntington's Chorea; Irreversible Multi-infarct Disease; Parkinson's Disease; Pick's Disease or any irreversible dementia.