Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)
Are you caring for a loved one or looking for how to take care of someone? You are in the right place! The Family Caregiver Support Program offers support, programs, and resources to help you succeed in your new role.
We are a part of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) that provides grants to states and territories to fund various supports that help family and informal caregivers care for older adults in their homes for as long as possible.
The FCSP is responsible for administering respite services. What is respite? Respite is a short relief from caregiving for a loved one. For a pre-eligibility screening, please contact Information & Referral at 1-877-521-3500.
FCSP Caregiver Programs
The FCSP has built a curriculum based on programming requests, needs of the caregivers, and national trends of caregiver issues. Our program and services are offered free of charge to the public:
Area Agency on Aging NACOG – Family Caregiver Support Program:
- Caregiver Support Groups
- Caregiver Education Series and Workshops
- Caregiver Symposiums
- Kinship Care Workshops
- Kinship Support Groups
- Dementia Friends Arizona informational sessions
- Carenect – CST Your-Link-to-Life systems
Family Caregiver Support Program Overview – FCSP
National Family Caregiver Support Program Overview – FCSP Established in 2000, the NFCSP provides grants to states and territories, based on their share of the population age 70 and over, to fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. (Note: Authorizing legislation is Section 371 of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, Title IIIE)
NFCSP grantees provide five types of services:
- information to caregivers about available services
- assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services
- individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training
- respite care; and
- supplemental services, on a limited basis
These services 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 as well as enable caregivers to provide care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the need for costly institutional care.
While the Aging Network has always been involved in meeting the needs of care recipients and caregivers, by creating the NFCSP, Congress explicitly recognized the important role that family caregivers occupy in our nation’s long-term services and supports system. As of the 2016 Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the following specific populations of caregivers are eligible to receive services:
- 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
- Older relatives (not parents) age 55 and older providing care to children under the age of 18; and
- Older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older providing care to adults ages 18-59 with disabilities
Family caregivers present their unique needs and preferences for the types of programs and services they wish to receive at any given point in time. Further, available programs and services vary among states and communities. Fortunately, a number of national organizations and programs exist to inform and support program development and innovation.
For more information about the Family Caregiver Support program, call Emily Jarrett at 928.213.5255 or if you would like to learn more about the programs at Area Agency on Aging NACOG, please visit www.nacog.org/aging or call toll-free 1.877.521.3500.