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National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country and provide resources for supports in their communities. More than 170,000 caregivers in New Hampshire are caring for older parents, spouses or other loves ones, helping them to live independently at home.

The Caregiver Action Network offers ten tips for family caregivers:

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
  2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  5. Caregiving is hard work, so take respite breaks often.
  6. Watch out for signs of depression - and don't delay getting professional help when you need it.
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
  8. Organize medical information so it's up-to-date and easy to find.
  9. Make sure legal documents are in order.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!
caregiverWho 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.

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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.
  • For some caregivers, there are limited services that complement the care the family caregiver is providing that may include chore services, assistive equipment, home modifications, and transportation services.

The services listed above are available to caregivers over 18 caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia, adults over 60, parents of adult children with disabilities, as well as grandparents and other relatives over age 55 who are raising their minor relatives.

For more information contact ServiceLink toll free at: 1-866-634-9412.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Program (ADRD) was written into New Hampshire state statutes in 1989 and provided for respite care services for individuals with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related disorders. These respite care services are funded by State General Funds.

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.

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. There are limited funds for items such as school clothing and supplies.

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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.

You can find other resources by accessing the information below:

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