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Informal Caregivers

The demands on someone caring for a loved one at home can compromise their own well-being and quality of life.

Quite often, what is a manageable situation today can change at any time. Taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your loved one is important. This may mean learning about your loved one’s conditions and needs. It may also mean learning how to provide certain types of care, get support from friends and family and, through caregiver support programs, arrange respite care for your loved one.

Exploring respite care before the need becomes urgent gives peace of mind. As a first step, you may want to ask a neighbor or family member if they would be willing to help when you need support. Keep a list of available people handy and updated. In addition, some religious organizations have volunteers who come to the home to provide respite services on a regular basis. Call the organization in your area to find out more. Start exploring now to learn how to expand your support network.

Respite Care Program

The Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program offers informal caregivers a break or a time for relief from the constant physical and emotional stress of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Respite care services are available during the day or overnight and cover a wide range of services, from companion to home health aide to short-term nursing care.

Learn more. Call 1-800-994-9422 (Toll Free) or visit the Connecticut Department of Aging/Respite Care Program website.

Or, visit the 2-1-1 website to locate the Respite Care Program in your area

National Family Caregiver's Support Program

The National Family Caregiver's Support Program offers a range of services to support family caregivers.  Under this program, states provide five types of services:

  • information to caregivers about available services
  • assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services
  • individual counseling, organization of support groups and caregiver training
  • respite care
  • supplemental services on a limited basis

These services work in conjunction with other state and community-based services to provide coordinated sets of supports. The following individuals are eligible:

  • adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older
  • adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
  • grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to children under the age of 18
  • grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing are to adults age 18-59 with disabilities

Learn more. Please visit the Administration for Community Living website and the CT Department on Aging website to find out about the National Family Caregiver Support Program. You can also call 1-800-994-9422 (Toll Free) or contact your local Area Agency on Aging:

Agency on Aging of South Central CT


North Central Area Agency on Aging


Senior Resources/Eastern CT Agency on Aging


Southwestern CT Agency on Aging


Western CT Area Agency on Aging



Additional Support

Adult Day Centers: Provide relief for informal caregivers by providing care during the day. Please visit Adult Day Centers to find the program in your area. 

Learn about your loved one’s condition: Many local or national organizations can provide valuable information and insight to help you understand your loved one’s condition. You can find this information online by searching the specific condition. The Alzheimer’s Association is an example of an organization that provides education about a loved one’s health condition.

Alzheimer’s Association Helpline: Call 1-800-272-3900 (Toll Free), 24/7. Please visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

Hospice Care: You can find hospice assistance throughout the state. Please visit the 2-1-1 website to find Hospice Care in your area.

Date Modified: 07/24/2018

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