The Family Caregiver Support Program of the High Country Area Agency on Aging offers services and support at no cost for caregivers. 

Their goal is to provide caregivers with the needed support to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and enable them to provide care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the need for costly institutional care.

Who is a caregiver? A caregiver can be defined numerous ways. In general a caregiver is defined as anyone providing care and support to a loved one on a continual basis. You are a caregiver if you:
• Provide personal care such as toileting, bathing, dressing, assist with eating, or ambulation
• Help with shopping, medical appointments, finances, housework and home repairs
• Seek information and assistance in acquiring services for your loved one
• Help your loved one manage healthcare, appointments, and coordinating services while you are living an hour or more away
• Oversee the care of your loved one while they reside in a facility

Family caregiver support program services:

Respite services: Respite is typically defined as a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. Respite for caregivers can take on many forms with the ultimate goal of helping to share in the responsibility of caregiving and providing support. Utilizing respite care prior to becoming exhausted, isolated, or overwhelmed is ideal and the simple anticipation of relief can greatly reduce stress and anxiety.
In additional to Project CARE and the Lifespan Respite Program, the High Country Area Agency on Aging provides caregiver directed vouchers. Respite vouchers are based upon availability and eligibility.
Support groups and additional services: Connection to Resources & Services The family caregiver support program will work with caregivers to connect them to resources in our community. The caregiver support program can provide support and education, case management, supportive services, and referrals.
Support Groups: Caregiver support groups are a wonderful way for caregivers to provide support for one another. Our support groups are offered throughout the region and in various settings in order to meet the needs of the group.
Case Management & In-Home Assessments The family caregiver support program provides in-home visits, consultation, emergency planning, and safety evaluations for caregivers and care recipients. We understand that it is impossible to come get services at our office when caregiving-that’s why we bring the support to you!
Educational Programs: Educational workshops for caregivers are offered on various topics that can be directly applied to the role of a caregiver. Caregiver support and dementia awareness workshops for the general public are also available.
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For additional information on the High Country Area Agency on Aging’s Family Caregiver Support Program, contact:
Amber Chapman at 828-265-5434 ext. 113 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.