Do you find yourself helping an older friend or family member manage day-to-day needs, finances, homemaking, medications, or providing emotional support? Then you are a family caregiver. Alabama Cares is here to help!
Alabama Cares, part of the National Family Caregiver Support Program, supports family caregivers with information, assistance, and resources to help them take care of their aging loved ones and themselves. Alabama Cares will help to keep families together and will allow seniors to age in place.
WHO HAS ACCESS TO THESE SERVICES?
ARE SERVICES BASED ON INCOME?
A person’s income will not prevent them from receiving services. However, family caregivers with the most significant social and economic needs are considered when prioritizing appropriateness for direct service.
The care recipient (the person receiving help from the caregiver) must be 60 years or older and need help with at least three activities of daily living such as bathing, cooking, household chores, transportation, taking medicines, transferring or walking
Providing caregivers and the public details about resources and services available within their communities.
Providing family caregiver education and guidance that assist family caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their roles as caregivers.
Establishing a mutual support system for caregivers to discuss their experiences and concerns.
Providing instruction to family caregivers to improve their knowledge and skills related to caregiving.
Helping family caregivers through short-term case management in gaining access to services and resources available to them within their communities.
Complementing care provided by family caregivers to their loved ones, available on a limited basis.
Offering temporary, substitute support to relieve family caregivers from their daily caregiving responsibilities. Due to limited funding, this service is available for family caregivers who have the greatest burden and highest need for relief.