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    National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)


    Questions To Ask Yourself


    Are you a caregiver? Do you help an older family member pay bills or do household chores such as meal preparation, laundry, or cleaning? Do you assist with medication, provide transportation, shop, or run errands for a loved one? What about dressing, toileting, bathing, or feeding? Do you have to help arrange and coordinate outside services?


    If you answered yes to any of these, you are probably a caregiver.



    Caregiver Boot Camp



    Caregiving can be stressful, especially when trying to find services and support. Caregivers can experience a wide range of challenges and emotions. This presentation is an introduction to the "Caregiver's Checklist," which identifies areas caregivers and families need to consider when caring for an older loved one.


    Visit our Tennessee for a Lifetime page for more videos on a variety of aging-related topics.


    About the NFCSP


    The purpose of the program is to help families sustain their efforts to care for older relatives with chronic illness or disability in their homes. This program is available through the Commission and local Area Agencies on Aging and Disability. The NFCSP was authorized under the Older Americans Act Amendment of 2000. Funding is provided by the U.S. Administration on Aging.


    Program Eligibility

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    Adult family members (age 18 years or older) or other adult informal caregivers providing care to

    individuals 60 years of age and older.


    Adult family members or other adult informal caregivers providing care to individuals any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.


    Grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to adults, age 18 to 59 years, with disabilities.


    Grandparent and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to children under the age of 18 years who:

      • Lives with the child;
      • Is the primary caregiver of the child;
      • Has legal relationship to the child, such as legal custody or guardianship, or is raising the child informally


      What kind of help is available?


      Information about available services, assistance in gaining access to supportive services, individual counseling, support groups, caregiver training, and respite care for temporary relief, such as: personal

      care, homemaker, adult day care, and in-home adult care.


      Supplemental services may also be available, including: home delivered meals, medical equipment and supplies, minor home modification, and personal response systems.


      *Availability of services may vary depending on service area.


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      Contact Information


      Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and Disability’s Information and Assistance Line for enrollment in the NFCSP. You may also use the Statewide Toll Free Line, 1-866-836-6678.


Caregiver Resources

Directly below you will find a forum provided by The forum is an online space where caregivers can share experiences and ask or answer questions. Registration is required to post, but it is quick, easy, and free. The posts are open for anyone to read without registration.


Neither the forum, nor the parent site is affiliated with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) or Tennessee state government. TCAD does not create the content or moderate the forum. provides its own disclaimer and terms of use and employs its own moderators and contributors.


Chances are, most of us will eventually become a caregiver to a parent. This forum is an opportunity for people to share their caregiving experiences, and those experiences are valuable even across state lines. Sharing may help lead those with questions to the best answers available.


Caregivers and family members are responsible for their own choices. This forum does not take the place of professional help. Sometimes what people most need is the ability to share with someone else who understands their problems and challenges. This forum may provide that.


Just remember, as in all exchanges with strangers, that you should never reveal personally identifying information. You should not need to share identifying information to benefit from using this forum. You can tell your story without using real names, addresses, phone numbers, or financial information.


Last updated 11/24/14.