Connecticut’s National Family Caregiver Support Program
Caregivers often find the task of caring for another person to be consuming. An occasional break from caregiving enables an exhausted caregiver to regroup both physically and emotionally. Senior Resources offers a wide range of support services that are funded by the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
For the purposes of this program, the term ‘caregiver’ means an adult relative, or another individual (age 18 and over) who is an informal provider of in-home and/or community care to a person age 60 and over.
Respite care enables caregivers to be temporarily relieved of their caregiving responsibilities. There are two options for respite care:
- Traditional – caregivers receive respite care through a licensed service provider such as a skilled or non-skilled service agency
- Self-Directed – allows caregivers to select, hire, and supervise individuals other than a spouse or conservator to provide respite care.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program will fund respite services such as adult day care, homemakers, and home health aides. Each caregiver’s needs are individually determined after an in-depth assessment.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program will partially fund items such as durable medical equipment not covered by insurance, or one-time emergency needs. The items covered by the program are based on the specific needs of individuals.
Cost Share Contribution
The National Family Caregiver Support Program requests a cost share contribution toward the cost of services received based on the care recipient’s monthly income.
Priority will be given to older individuals with greatest social and economic need, with particular attention to low-income older individuals and older individuals providing care and support to persons with intellectual disabilities and related developmental disabilities.