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Vermont Family Caregiver Support Program
Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
Maria Mireault – Dementia Project Director
The National Family Caregiver Support Program was established as a result of the increased awareness of the contribution and the commitment of family caregivers and other non-relative caregivers. It recognizes the individuality of caregivers, the diversity of their caregiving situations and the range of their needs. The program is designed to provide unpaid caregivers with the assistance they need, when they need it, so they may continue in their caregiving roles. The National Family Caregiver Support Program is supported by Older Americans Act Title III E funding and administered by the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and local Area Agencies on Aging. Services include: Information for caregivers about available services; Assistance for caregivers in gaining access to services and resources available within their community; Individual counseling, support groups and training to help caregivers gain knowledge, make decisions and solve problems relating to their caregiving roles; Respite Care to temporarily relieve caregivers from their caregiving responsibilities; Funds can be used to pay for services such as Adult Day, in-home caregiving, overnight and weekend respite; Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement care provided by caregivers; Examples of supplemental services are legal assistance, financial consultation and home safety interventions.