The National Family Caregiver Support Program offers help to stressed caregivers
Posted Jun 02 2012 12:00am
Respite care program are in place so the caregiver can have a break. While there aren't nearly enough programs, there are some. One is the Federally funded National Family Caregiver Support Program. Caregivers need to be aware that respite care can benefit the care receiver as much as the caregiver, since a rested caregiver is generally a better caregiver.
Every so often I write in my newspaper column about The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) and the support it offers. I specifically mention respite care for caregivers and then I give a phone number for the agency that administers this program for my area. I'm told by the agency that their phone rings non-stop, with many callers sobbing into the phone, "I didn't know this existed!"