v 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 Unit on Aging, the Aging Services Division, 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.
Family caregivers of older adults aged 60 or older, as well as grandparents and relative caregivers age 55 or older providing care for adult children with disabilities.
Grandparents and relative caregivers, age 55 or older, of children 18 years of age or under (including grandparents who are sole caregivers of grandchildren and those individuals who are affected by mental retardation or who have developmental disabilities).
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.
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:
For the eastern area:
For the south central area:
For the southwestern area:
For the north central area:
For the western area:
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
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: http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_caresource.asp
Or call the 24-hour helpline toll free # at 1-800-272-3900.
The Connecticut Caregiver Coalition is a network of service providers, support group coordinators and caregivers committed to improving the quality of life for all caregivers. The mission of the coalition is to educate and support the needs of caregivers by raising public awareness of family caregiver issues, educating caregivers about available services and resources, and working with service providers and social service agencies to increase support for caregivers across the lifespan. For more information contact Cynthia Grant at (860) 424-5279 or at Cynthia.Grant@ct.gov
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have created a web site called Ask Medicare, a one-stop source of 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: http://www.medicare.gov/caregivers/about-landing.html
www.lotsahelpinghands.com - 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 "Choices At Home" a video on self-directed care and an on-line training tool for Caregivers and Consumers.
Please follow this link to view the "Connections Project Partners Directory of Services."