AGING SERVICES: National Family Caregiver Support Program

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The National Family Caregiver Support Program, created by the Administration on Aging, and established via the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act by the 106th Congress, helps families sustain their efforts to care for older relatives.  Under this caregiver program, Connecticut’s State Department on Aging works in partnership with the five Area Agencies on Aging.
Caregiver Program Services:  

Information in the form of outreach and education about resources to help families in their caregiver roles; Assistance to families in learning about and locating services;

Caregiver counseling, training, and peer support;

Respite care to provide caregivers temporary relief from their caregiving responsibilities through traditional service delivery (such as licensed home care agencies) or a self-directed care option through which consumers may hire someone of their choice to provide care;

Supplemental services, which includes items or services designed to help “fill the gap” when there is a need or there are not other ways to obtain the services or item.

Eligible Populations 

This section outlines some basics on eligibility and should not be used as a screening tool. Please work with your local Agency on Aging to determine your eligibility.

  • Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older;
  • Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders;
  • Grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to children under the age of 18; and
  • Grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to adults age 18-59 with disabilities.

For more information and to access the caregiver application form, please contact the Area Agency on Aging in your area either by calling 1-800-994-9422 (in CT) or by visiting their website:

Follow this link to the map of Connecticut to find the Area Agency on Aging serving your town.

Please follow this link for a listing of statewide Caregiver Support Groups

Aging Resource Centers

The caregiver program is administered in each regional Area Agency on Aging in Connecticut.  Each agency has developed an Aging Resource Center which offers materials on aging issues such as books and videos for caregivers, students and professionals.  Please contact your local Area Agency on Aging for more information and hours of operation at 1-800-994-9422. 

Additional Resources

The National Alzheimer’s Contact Center is a free tool for caregivers available 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.  It offers an integrated network of information specialists and clinicians who can provide you with free consultation and support by phone or online.  A senior housing finder, group calendars, message boards and other free online tools are accessible at the website: Or call the 24-hour helpline toll free # at 1-800-272-3900.

If you can't find the time to get to a local support group check out This website features a caregiver chat room and a bounty of caregiver articles and resources for all your caregiving needs.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have created a web site geared towards providing information and support for caregivers.  The site provides caregiver tips and topics, personal caregiver stories, a free Ask Medicare e-Newsletter, as well as a Caregiver Resource Kit for employers, care facilities, hospitals, national, state and local organizations.  Please follow this link to access the Ask Medicare website: Medicare resources for Caregivers. - Lotsa Helping Hands a free caregiving and volunteer service that allows for the creation of private web-based communities to organize help for people in need. Members can schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the family including meals, rides to medical appointments and visits in the local community.  There are also standard community sections including Announcements, Message Boards; and a vital information section giving the family the ability to securely store and retrieve vital health data, emergency contacts, medications, and legal and financial records for designated members of the community.

For information on how the CT Nursing Home Diversion Modernization Project works with the National Family Caregiver Support Program please follow this link.

Please follow this link to view the "Connections Project Partners Directory of Services."

Content Last Modified on 12/2/2014 7:34:57 AM