Disability Together for Advocacy Summit

Assisting Caregivers

Supporting Caregivers through Access to Respite

Millions of Americans are caregiving for family members who are challenged by disability, disease or unexpected illness. The number of family caregivers is soaring as individuals are living longer, but who takes care of the caregiver? 

Respite care, which is short-term, temporary relief for a cargiver’s on-going responsibilties, is one of the most frequently requested and needed family support services with some of the greatest benefits. Respite is a critical component in maintaining the health of a caregiver and may take the form of in-home companion services, camp programs, center-based adult day services and more.

Easterseals understands the growing needs of caregivers and provides support to them through training programs and support groups. We partner with local area agencies on aging to deliver high-quality respite services. 

Recognizing the national need for respite services, Congress established the Lifespan Respite Care Act in 2006. This law provides funding to states to coordinate and enhance respite services for people regardless of age or type of disability.

Easterseals partners with nearly all state lifespan respite programs. The National Family Caregivers Support Program (NFCSP) ensures access to respite services and provides funding to states that assists caregivers in caring for their loved ones for as long as possible at home.

To be eligible, the caregiver must be caring for someone age 60 or older, or the caregiver must be at least 60 years of age caring for someone with a disability. Very often, these funds are used locally to help families that might not be eligible for other support services.

Did you know?

Easterseals Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Request  

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We're also meeting with legislators about:

Supporting Older Workers
Assisting Workers with Disabilities
Assisting Young Children and Families
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