Who are Family Caregivers?
A family caregiver is anyone who provides regular care for a relative, a partner or a friend. The amount of care that the family member or other individual provides may have increased over time, or they may have found themselves in that role suddenly, without notice. For many it is a labor of love but it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. It is important to keep a balance between caring for another individual while caring for oneself.
The NH Family Caregiver Support Program
Through the National Family Caregiver Support Program, the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services and the NH ServiceLink Resource Centers provides the following services for family caregivers. These services can include:
- Information about community programs and local resources.
- Assistance in assessing individual caregiving needs, help in identifying options, and accessing local providers.
- Individual counseling and access to support groups.
- Education and training to help develop caregiving skills.
- Respite care services to provide a temporary break for eligible full time family caregivers, and limited services that complement the care the family caregiver is providing that can include: chore services, assistive equipment, home modifications, and transportation services.
- For more information contact ServiceLink toll free at: 1-866-634-9412.
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
Due to funding cuts as a result of the State Budget that went into effect July 1, 2011, services under this program have been suspended.
For more information about related services contact ServiceLink toll free at: 1-866-634-9412 or for Alzheimer’s or dementia specific information contact the Alzheimer’s Association via their toll free 24/7 help line: 1-800-272-3900.
NH Family Care Guide: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
A comprehensive guide for family caregivers and others who are dealing with effects of Alzheimer's disease or other types of irreversible dementia. The companion guide Sources of Help provides additional information for family members and others in making long term care plans. These are available for free to family caregivers by download, or print copies can be obtained by request by calling the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services at (800) 351-1888, ext. 4680.
Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children
Through the NH Family Caregiver Support Program eligible grandparents and relatives can receive respite services such as in-home child care, after school programs and camps.
In New Hampshire, there are more than 4,000 children living with grandparents without either parent present. There are over 2,300 children living in households headed by other relatives. Children and their caregivers are often eligible for state and federal benefits; however, finding those benefits can often be confusing and frustrating. This booklet can guide you in the right direction, help you ask the right questions, and help you find the answers you need.
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