Family Caregiver Support Program

FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM

      Sixty seven million people across the United States provide some level of care to the elderly in their families and communities.  This number is expected to grow to 70 million by the year 2030.  The services they provide were valued at $450 billion per year in 2009 - up from $375 billion in year 2007.   Unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest source of long-term care services in the U.S. 

     On a more personal level, caregiving can be an overwhelming task.  No one should have to struggle through the process alone, it takes a team to provide care for an elderly loved one.  The Family Caregiver Support Program helps caregivers find the keys to successful caregiving.

Caregiver Balance Program
    
Being a family caregiver often comes with some inherent stress.  The Caregiver Balance program is aimed at giving caregivers hands on, time tested tools for stress management.  We have exercise  work books, guided imagery CDs and a booklet with tips to help identify stress, and offers some tips on stress management.  All of these materials are free of charge.  If you would like more information about Caregiver Balance, please contact Marilyn Suire or Paula Fann.

Caregiver Support Group
     Support groups are an important and effective way for caregivers to support each other.  A monthly on line support group is held on the last Thursday of each month at 2:00.  Each meeting consists of 30 minutes of information and education and 30 minutes of sharing time.  The meetings are held via a skype connection which is free and downloadable.  If you would like to participate and do not have internet access we may be able to make arrangements.  For more information please contact Kathy Bullis. 

Respite Services
     There are no strict financial guidelines. These services are awarded on a caregiver burden basis. The services of the respite worker must relieve a caregiver. It is not necessary for the caregiver to live in residence with the care receiver. But, there must be a legitimate need for respite.
 
      Traditional respite is a contracted service provided through Pyramid Tri County. The contract provider is        responsible for staffing, scheduling, and all other employee affairs.

     "Together We Care" Self-Directed Respite Program
is a reimbursement program, in which the caregiver is responsible for hiring, scheduling, and all other employee affairs. The FCG program reimburses up to $70 a month toward the pay of a respite worker.

Supplemental Services
     Supplemental Services may provide supplies and goods necessary for keeping an elder at home; which the caregiver cannot provide and are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. These supplies are items such as nutritional supplements and incontinent supplies. A "face to face" assessment is completed with the caregiver. Assessments are evaluated and assigned a score value and supplies grants are awarded based on that score. There is a limit on supplies of up to $250. Families may re-apply 12 months after they have used up their allotment.

For further information you may contact us at 1800-392-8771 / 573-335-3331 or by email:
      Kathy Bullis, Family Caregiver Program Director, kbullis@agingmatters2u.com
      Marilyn Suire, Case Manager, msuire@agingmatters2u.com
      Paula Fann, Assistant Case Manager, pfann@agingmatters2u.com

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