AGING SERVICES: National Family Caregiver Support Program

{Program logo, pink blue yellow with abstract faces} The program was designed to give caregivers a variety of services to lean on so they can have support in caring for their loved ones at home. The program was created for family and other unpaid caregivers supporting older individuals, as well as grandparents and older relatives acting as parents. Each AAA (Area Agency on Aging) provides an array of services that complement the care provided by caregivers. Services are provided by AAA staff, or through partnerships with other public or private agencies and vary throughout the state.  

Program Services: How we support caregivers.
  • Provide information and in depth assistance to help connect caregivers to services that help themselves or the ones they care for get the help they need.
  • Offers training opportunities for caregivers to help equip them with skills to provide the necessary care.
  • Connects caregivers to area support groups.
  • Offers short-term respite services so that caregivers can get the time and the rest they deserve.
  • Provides items and things not covered by other sources for caregivers to help them meet their caregiving needs.
    • Respite services and the purchase of items are prioritized based on need and the income of the care recipient.
Caregiver staff is also available to speak to groups of caregivers about supports available in the NFCSP as well as other options offered in the community.

Eligibility: The caregivers we support.

This section outlines some basics on who the program serves and should not be used as a screening tool. Contact your local Agency on Aging for more information.
  • 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.
  • Grandparents and other relatives (including parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to adults age 18-59 with disabilities.

How to apply or get more information.

Contact the Area Agency on Aging in your area either by calling 1-800-994-9422 (in CT) or by visiting their website.

Find the Area Agency on Aging serving your town. 

Helpful Resources and Information

Services to help my loved one in the community

In-home services: choosing the right agency
Finding the right agency and people to care for your loved one can sometimes take a few tries. Treat it like an interview and ask questions. Before speaking with an agency have questions and important information about your loved one written down. Do your homework and check out the agency ahead of time.
  • Verify a license. Make sure they are a licensed or registered agency; a consumer can check for complaints against these types of agencies. Questions about violations should be directed to the appropriate agency.
  • Department of Public Health licenses Home Healthcare Agencies, these are agencies that provide skilled care in the home. The public can contact the DPH, Supervisor of Licensing for a list of violations against a particular agency at 860-509-7400. The caller must have the name of the agency in order to request violations.  
  • Homemaker and Companion Agencies are not licensed agencies but must register with the State of CT Department of Consumer Protection. These agencies do not provide skilled care and provide services such as help with shopping, meal preparation and laundry. The public can contact the DCP for a list of complaints about a particular agency at 1-800-842-2649.
  • Tips on selecting the right homecare agency

Support Groups

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