Family Caregiver Support

Program Code

The Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III E Family Caregiver Support program code is 3900100.

Program Description

The OAA seeks to enable older individuals to maintain their well-being through locally developed community-based systems of services. The OAA Title III E FCSP provides a variety of services to address the needs of informal, unpaid family caregivers.

The Program provides service to: (1) informal caregivers of older adults; and (2) older relative caregivers (who are 55 years of age and older), with primary caregiving responsibilities for a child or individuals with a disability. Program services include, but are not limited to:

Respite Care

provides caregivers with temporary in-home or out-of-home relief from caregiving responsibilities, which includes Respite Care Homemaker assistance and Home Chore assistance

Support Services

Include caregiver assessments, counseling, support groups, case management, and training

Supplemental Services

Provide assistive devices, home adaptations, caregiver registry services, and emergency cash or material aid to assist with caregiving responsibilities

Access Assistance

Includes information and assistance, interpretation or translation services, outreach, and legal resources for caregivers

Information Services

Include public information and community education

Program Benefits

The Program is designed to reduce caregiver burden, enable caregivers to remain in the workforce, and prevent or delay the need for a higher level of care for the care receiver. Information about the caregiving role and available resources empowers those facing a long-term caregiving situation. Proactive outreach and access to service assistance are vital to preserving and promoting unpaid family support networks. Program services help caregivers cope with stress, depression, multiple personal demands, competing priorities, and can reduce reliance on more costly formal supports. The availability of emergency or intermittent respite gives the unpaid caregiver a needed break from their caregiving responsibilities. Limited supplemental services address unique needs that threaten the caregiver’s ability to provide care.

Program Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria Eligibility Requirement
Age
  • Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 or older providing care to individuals age 60 or older
  • Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Older relatives, not parents, age 55 or older providing care to children under the age of 18
  • Older relatives, including parents, age 55 or older providing care to adults with disabilities ages 18 to 59
Income

No requirement

Other

No requirement

Program Funding

Funding Type Funding Information
Source
  • OAA federal funds via Administration for Community Living (ACL)
  • State General Fund (GF)
  • Local funds
  • In-kind contributions
Allocation Formula

Intrastate Funding Formula

Match Requirements

Local Assistance:

  • 25 percent State and/or local funds; which the AAAs meet this requirement

State Operations:

  • 25 percent State GF
Other
  • State may not allow more than 10 percent of the total federal share and required match to provide program services to grandparents and other older relatives caring for a child
  • Voluntary contributions are accepted
Cycle

July 1 – June 30

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