B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging's Caregiver Support Program (CSP) provides a wide array of resources to help unpaid primary caregivers throughout our 4 counties. Including education and training, financial assistance, referrals and more.
The program aims to alleviate the stresses associated with caregiving by focusing on the well-being of the caregiver, providing access to respite care, addressing the need for formal and informal supports, and providing financial reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs associated with caregiving-related services and supplies.
Each caregiver is assigned a care manager who will come to the care receivers' home, conduct a comprehensive assessment of the needs of the caregiver, provide support, and work with them to develop a person-centered plan of care.
What Kind of Help is Available?
Services and support available through the CSP include:
- Care management to evaluate caregiver’s needs and goals, develop an individualized support plan, connect caregiver to services and monitor progress.
- Financial assistance to reimburse caregiving services and supplies, including medical supplies; home modifications; personal care; adult day care; and emotional, legal, and financial counseling. Support is provided on a sliding scale based on the income of the household where the care recipient resides.
- Education and training to enhance caregiving skills while alleviating stress associated with caregiving.
- Information and referral to access caregiving services and support, including adult day care centers and home health aide services.
- Benefits counseling for caregivers receiving support from income-based programs.
Who is Eligible?
The caregiver must provide routine assistance and have primary responsibility for the wellbeing of the care recipient.
The care recipient must be:
- Age 60 or older OR
- Age 18 or older with a diagnosis of disability OR
- A person of any age with dementia
Additionally, the care recipient MUST require assistance with at least one activity of daily living.