Information and Services for Caregivers
- Do you have a family member or friend in need of care on a regular basis?
- Do you ever take time off work to provide help and care?
- Do your caregiving duties sometimes leave you exhausted, emotionally stressed, or physically ill?
Did you know that...
- More than 50 million Americans are caregivers
- Family caregivers make up 13 percent of the workforce.
- As of 2005, an estimated 72 percent of caregivers are caring for parents or grandparents.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides support for the growing number of people who are caregivers.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program is intended to help you if:
- You are caring for someone age 60 or older, or who has Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
- You are a grandparent or relative caregiver age 55 or older caring for a child age 18 or younger.
- You are a person age 60 or older caring for someone with severe disabilities.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) administers the National Family Caregiver Support Program in Texas and provides support to older Texans, their family members and caregivers. DADS does this through a network of Area Agencies on Aging across the state.
An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) may be able to help you obtain:
- Information about available services in your community.
- Assistance in arranging for services.
- Education and training for caregivers to help with decisions and problem solving.
- Short-term relief for caregivers through:
- Respite (temporary relief) provided in the home or a facility.
- Adult day services provided in safe, structured environments that include personal and nursing care, meals, therapeutic exercises and social and recreational activities.
- Support Services to supplement the care already provided. These include:
- Home care assistants to help with bathing, dressing, toileting, housekeeping, household chores, and other activities of daily living.
- Transportation to and from senior centers, medical appointments, shopping and other destinations.
- Home-delivered meals to support healthy, independent living through proper nutrition.
- Health services include health screening, prescription assistance, dental health, optical and hearing aid services.
- Legal assistance/benefits counseling to provide information on benefits, entitlements and help with legal matters.
- Nursing home ombudsmen to help long-term care facility residents and their families understand their rights and resolve complaints and concerns.
(Availability of services will vary from community to community.)
Each community in Texas is served by an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) that provides support services to older residents, their family members and caregivers.
Texas has 28 AAAs ready to assist you. To contact the one nearest you, call toll-free: 1-800-252-9240
National ElderCare Locator
Find services available for older persons across the country.
The Alzheimer’s Association
Extensive information and support for care-givers of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
A variety of information for grandparents and other relatives raising children.
National Family Caregiver Association
Find services, information, education, and support for caregivers providing support to loved ones who are ill or disabled.
Family Caregiver Alliance
A national information clearinghouse for caregivers.
National Alliance for Caregiving
Provides public awareness and support to family caregivers and professionals.
U.S. Administration on Aging
Information on the National Family Caregiver Support Program and Services.
Aging Texas Well
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, in partnership with many public and private-sector organizations, leads a statewide campaign called Aging Texas Well.
The campaign’s purpose is to ensure Texans prepare for aging in all aspects of life and that state and local laws, policies, and services support aging well throughout the life span.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services State Office
701 W. 51st Street
PO Box 149030
Austin, TX 78714
To contact your local AAA call 1-800-252-9240
DADS Media Services 7P387 • August 2007 • Publication 198
Updated: April 11, 2012