Eligible family caregivers are:
caregiver of any age providing care for an older adult age 60 or
older OR providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or
related brain disorder
caregiver (who is not the birth or adoptive parent), age 55 or
older, raising a related child age 18 and under or an adult with a
disability *caregivers with the greatest social and economic need
are priority as well as those over 60 caring for children under 18
who are mentally or developmentally delayed*
Services Provided through the Family
Caregiver Support Program Include:
Information to caregivers about available services and resources
Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services
organization of support groups
training to assist caregivers in the areas of health, nutrition, and
financial literacy, and in making decisions and solving problems
concerning their role as caregiver
care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their care
Supplemental services, on a limited basis, such as home safety
services can work in conjunction with other State and Community-Based
Services to provide a coordinated set of supports. Studies have shown
that these services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress
and enable them to provide care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the
need for costly institutional care.
information you may contact Laura Jett, Family Caregiver Resource
Specialist at 252-974-1837 or by email at
Ten Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress
DENIAL about the situation and its effect on the care recipient
- I know Mom is going to get better.
ANGER at the care recipient or at others; that no effective
treatments or cures exist; and that people don't understand what's
going on - If he asks me that one more time I'll scream!
SOCIAL WITHDRAWAL from friends and activities that once brought
pleasure - I don't care about getting together with the neighbors
ANXIETY about facing another day and what the future holds -
What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?
DEPRESSION begins to break the spirit and affects the ability to
cope - I don't care about anything anymore.
EXHAUSTION makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary
daily tasks - I'm too tired for this.
SLEEPLESSNESS caused by a never-ending list of concerns - What
if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?
IRRITABILITY leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses
and reactions - Leave me alone!
OF CONCENTRATION makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks -
I was so busy, I forgot we had an appointment.
HEALTH PROBLEMS begin to take their toll, both mentally and
physically - I can't remember the last time I felt good.
STRATEGIES FOR COPING
the care giving burden becomes too heavy ask for help; delegate a
task to someone else.
do something you enjoy, even if it's not timely.
yourself that it's OK to cry.
journal to write down things that make you happy or that are going
sure you get enough rest, nap when there is downtime if needed.
things as they come, not everything can be scheduled.
things go if you are too weary to do them. Realize some things can
long slow breaths when you are feeling anxious.
someone you can trust & share your feelings with.
Successful care giving is care giving
for yourself is a priority
know & respect your limits
arrange for time for yourself
with a spouse, other family and friends is available
give yourself credit for things you do well
giving is a partnership in which you share responsibilities with
Web Resources for Family
http://www.accentcare.com - fee-for-service company providing
- fee-for-service care management company, also provides information
to caregivers of older adults on many topics - free online support
http://www.aarp.org/indexes/life.html - has links to many areas
http://www.caregiver911.com - links to other appropriate sites,
has a caregiver library (suggestions for books & produce "Today's
Caregiver Magazine") &, list of resources
http://www.caregiver.org - "Family Caregiver Alliance"
(information on long-term care), links for resource, research,
newsletter, public policy, etc.
http://www.caregivers.com - information on a variety of aging
topics including geriatric health, senior drugs, senior housing,
geriatric assessments, elder law, insurance, finances
http://www.nfcacares.org - National Family Caregivers
Association, services, programs, resources, for general information
http://www.benefitscheckup.org - free screening tool to
determine eligibility for nearly 1,000 unique state & federal
programs and provide instructions on how to apply for them
http://www.medicare.gov - database on this site helps locate
prescription drug assistance
http://www.alzwell.com - hosted by a family caregiver -
http://www.ALZBRAIN.org - comparison of normal and Alzheimer's
http://www.intelihealth.com - tips, stages, stress, grief
http://www.rxlist.com - drug information, medical encyclopedia
http://www.hospicefoundation.org - ask a question feature at the
- provides family caregivers and friends with information on
providing quality care for, and maintaining a meaningful
relationship with, the person who has Alzheimer's Disease
http://www.wellspouse.org - virtual support community for
spouses for the frail elderly (including message boards & live
Internet chats) with other spouse caregivers
https://adrc.mc.duke.edu/ -Duke University Medical Center -
Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Click here to visit the Full
Circle of Care for valuable information for caregivers. |
Disease Specific Resources
Grateful acknowledgement for this information to the
NC Family Caregiver