Family Caregivers

"To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors"

~ Tia Walker

The National Family Caregiver Support Program

Support programing outlined by Title III-E of the Older Americans Act provides services to help family caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. Services are available to adult family members who provide in-home and community care for a person age 60 or older or to grandparents age 55 or older who serve as caregivers for children 18 and younger.

Supports available through the NECALG Area Agency on Aging are listed below.

Family Caregiver Programs

Families are the major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that care-giving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Many experience conflicts between being a caregiver and work or other responsibilities.  Often caregivers are over age 50. This makes them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health, and necessitates having excellent supports and strategies to support themselves while supporting their loved one.

Caregiver Respite

When respite is needed to provide a break from the task of caring for a loved one the Area Agency on Aging is here to assist with service referrals to respite care providers and vouchers to help decrease the financial impact.  Please reach out to your local Senior Coordinator to find out if this program is available for you and your family

Senior Coordinator information can be foundat the bottom of on our Area Agency on Aging homepage

Senior and Family Advocacy

Legal assistance is often needed with complicated elder caregiver  matters such as medical advanced directives, power of Attorney, long term care, elder abuse, conservatorship, wills, estates, and probate., Additionally, special legal resources are needed for a family caregiver when the caregiver is a  grandparent caring for a grandchild.  Legal resources for these challenging family caregiver situations can be accessed through our Senior Coordinator, The Area Agency on Aging Office or by calling Legal Services directly and speaking with  Mark Earnhart at  970-522-4135

Ombudsman Services

As a family caregiver there often comes a time when support is needed to negotiate the best interests and dignity of family members living in a Long-Term Care facility.  Ombudsman educate the public about long-term care before there is a need to make a decision about nursing home care for themselves or a family member. They consult with families to help them choose the long-term care facility that best meets their needs. 

Ombudsman work with residents, families, and staff of long-term care facilities to educate them about resident’s rights and quality of life issues. Ombudsman always ask the question “What does the resident want in this situation?” seeking to provide information and advocacy to meet the Long-Term Care Residents and their families desire for safety, dignity and quality of life.

Should you , as a family caregiver, have concerns about your loved one who lives in a Long-Term Care Residence or require information as your explore long-term care please contact our local Ombudsman for assistance.

Morgan County Ombudsman:  Francie Young    (970) 867-9409 x233

Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties Ombudsman:  Erin LeBlanc   (970) 630-7714

Washington and Yuma Counties Ombudsman:  Marlene Miller   (970) 630-7713

Grandparents as Parents

Grandparents are raising millions of children in this country. While extended families have always helped with child rearing, grandparents increasingly are becoming primary caretakers because their grandchildren have become neglected, abused, or abandoned due to parental neglect, drug abuse, imprisonment, mental illness, or a life threatening disease.

While raising a child is never easy in the best of circumstances, The NECALG Area Agency on Aging is here to support Grandparents raising Grandchildren with vouchers to assist with items such as school supplies or other pressing expenses.

Contact The Area Agency on Aging at 970 867-9409 to speak with us about your needs as a grandparent who is raising your grandchildren.

Caregiver Support Groups

For More Information or Assistance

Contact the Area Agency on Aging at 970 867-9490 Ext 234

or

Contact the Senior Coordinator for your area listed below

Linda Schilling

Senior Coordinator,  Morgan | Washington Counties

970-441-0680

schilling5201@msn.com

Erin LeBlanc

Senior Coordinator, Phillips County

970-630-7714

Eleblanc.aaa@hotmail.com

Karen Ness

Senior Coordinator, Logan | Sedgwick Counties

970-466-9811

kness.aaa55@yahoo.com

Marlene Miller

Senior Coordinator,  Yuma County

970-630-7713

mmilleraaa@yahoo.com

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