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Family Caregiver Support Program

Being a family caregiver is demanding and selfless work. We understand that you, too, need support. At Sourcewise, we offer the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) as a way to provide a period of respite services to family caregivers.

A family caregiver is someone who:

  • cares for a family member or another individual (i.e friend or neighbor).
  • is an informal (unpaid) provider of in-home or community care to a care receiver.  
  • is age 18 years or older.

Eligibility for this program is extended not only to include care receivers age 60 years or older, but also to include a care receiver of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder with neurological dysfunction (related disorders comprise of mild cognitive impairment, traumatic brain injury, vascular and mixed dementia; Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease), but excludes Stroke.

What does the Family Caregiver Support Program provide?

  • Information to caregivers about available services;
  • Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services;
  • Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregivers to assist the caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their caregiver roles;
  • Respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities;
  • Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by caregivers.

What is the process?

Once the caregiver need has been identified, and the caregiver is interested: an intake is completed by our FCSP care manager. This intake gathers information on both the caregiver (who is our client) as well as on the care receiver (the loved one 60+ or under 60 with dementia).

An appointment to visit the caregiver and the care recipient in the environment in which care is provided. The assessment considers the caregiver’s: physical health; ability to perform daily tasks; cognitive functioning; social interactions; emotional status; physical environment; and financial resources (in terms of how these areas are impacted by their caregiving role).

Our FCSP care manager then discusses with the caregiver the options for assistance: from this discussion a care plan is developed.

A monthly follow-up call is completed by the FCSP Care Manager to learn how the program is assisting the caregiver and assesses if there are any new needs.

Respite Care

May be provided a few hours weekly for a limited time and may be in the form of:

  • In-home services (personal care, homemaker, chore assistance day and/or overnight).
  • Day Care (attendance of care receiver at a supervised/protective congregate setting).
  • Out of Home (short period in Skilled Nursing Facility).

Supplemental Services

There are a variety of supplemental services, and they will always relate to relieving the caregiving situation (not directly the need of the care receiver).

If you or a loved one is interested in the Family Caregiver Support Program, please call (408) 350-3200, option 1.

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