Family Caregiver Support Program
Support, Education & Resources for Unpaid Caregivers
Caregiving can be rewarding but it can also take its toll. Stress is the number one challenge facing more than 600,000 family caregivers caring for loved ones in Washington state. Help is available through your local Family Caregiver Support Program provided by Island Senior Resources. You are not alone!
- Caregiving can have its challenges. Many caregivers aren’t aware help is available, how to find it and why it’s so important to have it.
- Getting information, support, and services today is the best way to make sure you are there for your loved ones in the future.
What is the Family Caregiver Support Program?
The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) is an evidence-based program designed to maintain the health and well-being of unpaid caregivers. We assist caregivers to identify, understand, and access services that can help. We offer support to meet the specific needs of each caregiver, ranging from information to paid services. Staff will work with you and your loved ones to find resources and arrange for help.
- Most people do not plan on becoming caregivers. Many find this new role confusing and difficult. Learning to manage this role can be a major cause of stress. When care needs in-crease, caregivers often put their own needs on the back burner. We are here to help!
How do you know if you’re a caregiver?
- Do you help a family member or friend with shopping, transportation, or fixing meals?
- Do you assist with laundry and cleaning, medication management, or paying bills?
- Do you assist with personal care needs for a family member or friend?
- Do you worry about your loved one while you’re away?
If you answered yes to any of these, you are a caregiver! Many people caring for a loved one, friend, or neighbor don’t think of themselves as caregivers but they indeed are.
How can we help you?
Any caregiver can reach out to us for information and guidance. Contact us for information on in-home care, respite, long-term care planning, and more.
Educational resources may be accessed after completing a simple intake process.
- Caregiver Support Groups
Contact us for a list of local support groups that can help.
- “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Classes
Powerful Tools is a free 6-week course designed to assist caregivers with coping skills, stress management, goal setting, communication and more. Classes are offered on a quarterly basis at varying locations. Please contact our staff for information and upcoming dates.
- Caregiver Lending Library
Helpful books, equipment, and resources available for checkout. Contact our staff for a list of available items.
Eligible caregivers may receive the following support and services:
- Caregiver Screenings and Consultation
Staff will administer an evidence-based screening tool used to measure various areas of stress you are experiencing as a caregiver. The screening is designed to quickly provide you with a better understanding of your current situation and sources of stress. Our staff will review the screening outcomes with you and discuss strategies to address your areas of stress. Screenings are administered every 6 months to monitor for improvement.
- Personalized Care Planning
Caregivers with qualifying screening scores may receive personalized care planning services. Staff will work with you to develop a Care Plan based upon your needs and situation. Care Plans may include informal services (support from family and friends) and paid services.
- Training and Consultant Services
Paid Consultant services are available through contracted Attorneys, Registered Nurses, and Counselors at no charge to you. These consultants are available to provide training, education, and support regarding legal concerns, caregiving issues, communication, coping skills and more. Consultant services are provided free of charge to eligible caregivers. This is subject to funding and provider availability.
- Respite Care
Respite provides a break for caregivers who need to be away for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Respite may be provided in the home, in an assisted living facility or through an adult day program. Respite Care can be provided by approved, contracted providers. Paid Respite Care is available on a sliding scale to eligible caregivers. This is subject to funding and provider availability.
Am I eligible?
Eligibility requirements vary depending on the service you are seeking. The criteria below represent the minimum eligibility requirements to enroll in the Family Caregiver Support Program:
- Caregivers must be 18+ with qualifying screening scores
- You must be considered the primary caregiver for an adult with a functional disability
- You are not receiving payment to provide care for your loved one
- Your care recipient does not reside in a Long-Term Care facility
Additional services and eligibility requirements may apply to individuals receiving services under the TSOA (Tailored Support For Older Adults) Program.