Caregivers play a vital role in helping seniors maintain their health and independence. Though caregiving is rewarding, the demands can be overwhelming and have a negative impact on the health and well-being of the caregiver.
The Alabama Cares program was designed to support family caregivers by providing training, assistance and resources to help them take care of aging loved ones and themselves. This program strives to keep families together and to allow seniors to age at home instead of in costly long-term care facilities. Informed caregivers can make better choices for themselves and the older adults they care about.
Alabama Cares is part of the National Family Caregiver Support Program, established by Congress in 2001 to offer some relief to caregivers. It provides services that will help caregivers to continue caregiving efforts which in turn will allow care-recipients to remain in the community for a longer period of time.
Services are available to:
(1) Caregivers of any age who provide care to individuals age 60+,
(2) Caregivers age 60+ caring for children age 18 or younger,
(3) A Grandparent or family member (except parents) age 55+ caring for a disabled person age 19 to 59.
Targeted care recipients are those with greatest social and/or economic need and/or older caregivers providing care to mentally retarded or developmentally disabled individuals 18 years of age or younger.
There is no fee for this program, but contributions are encouraged for those who are able. The Alabama Department of Senior Services has developed a cost sharing plan for this program listing a suggested contribution schedule.
Alabama Cares is designed to support caregivers by providing
For more information, contact our Care Coordinator at SARCOA (334) 793-6843 or (800) 239-3507.