The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) was established in 2000 to help family members personally take care of loved ones who might otherwise be in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. The NFCSP is helping over 700,000 caregivers with services like counseling, training, respite care and other supplemental services. It keeps more senior citizens active in the community as long as possible instead of having them locked up in a nursing home.
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Listed below are the types of family arrangements that the NFCSP supports:
By allowing informal caregivers into the program, NFCSP is encouraging the culture of getting people to look after others in the community. Almost half of these caregivers themselves are over 50, so they need all the help they can get. NFCSP provides around 6.8 million hours of temporary relief to these caregivers every year in the form of respite care services.
Almost 12 percent of family caregivers are grandparents looking after children aged 18 or less. Helping these older caregivers not only helps the children they are looking after, but also keeps the grandparents active in the community for as long as possible.
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Did you know?
A full 22 percent of caregivers in the National Family Caregiver Support Program take care of two individuals.
Another eight percent take care of three or more people, and one-third of the caregivers themselves say their health is fair or poor.