Family Caregiver Support
The Family Caregiver Support Program provides information and assistance to family members, neighbors and friends who care for adults 60 years old and older and persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorder (regardless of age); grandparents and relative caregivers of children no older than 18 and relative caregivers of an adult child 18 to 59 with a disability.
The program consists of:
- Assistance: Assessing particular care-giving needs, helping identify options and providing referrals to local community-based services
- Information: Providing group presentations and public education to help caregivers learn of existing services and resources in their community
- Respite Care Services: Funding to provide short-term and temporary breaks for the caregiver that can be provided in the home, adult day care or a facility
- Supplemental Services: On a limited basis to complement the care provided by the caregiver, provide resources for home modifications, adaptive equipment or needed medical supplies
- Training and Support: Assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their care-giving role and providing classes and support groups
Funding for respite care, education, or equipment may be available through grant funding if individuals meet eligibility requirements. A limited amount of money is available to help get respite for the Caregiver who qualifies.
National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)
NFCSP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging but is distributed through the Aging and Disability Resource Center. A limited amount of funding is available to any person providing care to an adult age 60 and older. The program prioritizes services to low-income families and older adults with dementia, but one does not have to be low-income or have dementia in order to participate. Participants are limited to 112 hours of paid respite per calendar year through NFCSP
Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP)
AFCSP is coordinated by the Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources (ADRC) and is distributed through the ADRC. Up to $4,000 per person per year may be available, depending on the county’s priorities and person’s needs. Funding is used to assist individuals to purchase services and goods related to the care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
To be eligible for AFCSP, the care receiver must meet three criteria:
- Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia
- Have an income of $48,000 or less (person and spouse)
- Reside in a community or home setting (not a facility)
To learn more about the Family Caregiver Support Program or request assistance please contact the ADRC at 262-741-3400.