Family Caregiver Support Program Caregiving can be rewarding, Are you Helping an Adult but it can also take its toll. Who Needs Care? The Family Caregiver Support Program offers Stress is the number one helpful resources and information. challenge facing the more Talk to Knowledgeable than 600,000 family and Caring People caregivers caring for loved The Family Caregiver Support Program is a ones in Washington state. service offered through the Area Agency on Aging. Find your area’s Family Caregiver Help is available through Support Program by: your local Family Caregiver • Looking in the yellow pages for the Area Support Program. You are Agency on Aging under “Senior Services.” not alone! • Visiting www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov and clicking on “Local Services.” • Calling 1-800-422-3263. Find Information on the Internet Helpful information and resources are available at: www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov/caregiving Helping Family Caregivers Find articles, booklets, tips, shortcuts and in Washington State information about services that can address your needs, questions, and challenges. DSHS 22-1331 (9/09) Many people caring for a loved one, friend, Taking a TCARE® Personal or neighbor don’t think of themselves as Caregiver Survey caregivers. If you’re helping an adult with tasks, such as preparing meals, personal The survey is designed as a screening tool care, errands, phone check-ins or doctor to quickly provide you and the caregiver appointments, you are a caregiver. specialist with a better understanding of your current situation and the sources and level of The Family Caregiver Support Program* helps your stress. support unpaid caregivers of adults 18 and older. Staff can help you: You can take the survey over the phone with a caregiver specialist recording your answers • Find local resources/services. or download it off the Internet and fill it in at • Find caregiver support groups and home. counseling. Using the results of your survey, a caregiver Helping Family Caregivers • Get training on specific caregiving topics or specialist can then offer you tailored one-on- caregiver supplies/equipment. in Washington State • Get respite care if you need a break. one consultation and support. Caregiving can have its challenges. • Talk through specific issues you are Taking the Next Step having and offer practical information and Help, support and resources are available for Many caregivers aren’t aware help caregiving suggestions. you in your caregiving journey. Contact your is available, how to find it and why * Certain eligibility requirements may apply and Family Caregiver Support Program for more it’s so important to have it. services vary from community to community. information. Getting information, support, and Tailoring Support and services today is the best way to Services to You make sure you are there for your In the summer of 2009, Washington State’s Family Caregiver Support Program introduced loved ones in the future. a new screening and assessment process to better tailor support and services to a family caregiver’s unique needs. The Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE®) process was developed by nationally respected caregiving expert Rhonda Montgomery, Ph.D., and her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin. I felt more hope working with my caregiver specialist.
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