Family Caregiver Support

Who are the Eligible Caregivers under the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)?

FAMILY CAREGIVER: An adult (18 years of age or older) family member or another individual who provides an unpaid care to an older individual (age 60 or older) or to an individual of any age with Alzheimer’s disease.

step-grandparent, or other relative over the age of 55 who cares for a child related by blood,
marriage, or adoption. This caregiver must be living with the child, and identified as the
primary caregiver through a legal or informal arrangement.

The following Service Categories are provided under FCSP:

  1. Information Services
  2. Access Assistance
  3. Support Services
  4. Respite Care
  5. Supplemental Services

1. Information Services provide public information on caregiving and/or community education on caregiving, including information about available services:

  • Public Information on Caregiving designed to provide information
    about available FCSP services and other caregiver support resources and services.
  • Community Education on Caregiving are designed to educate the community and community groups of current or potential caregivers and those who may provide them with assistance about available Family Caregiver Support Program and other caregiver support resources and services.

2. Access Assistance services provide caregiver information and assistance:

Information and Assistance services provide caregivers with
information on services available within the communities and link
caregivers to the services and opportunities that are available
within the communities

For Information and Assistance on caregiving, please call the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging Information and Assistance 800-510-2020

3. Support Services for caregivers include the following services:

Caregiver Assessment is conducted by trained & experienced case managers/counselors
to assess caregivers’ needs which result in a plan which will identify type and duration of
services needed to a caregiver.

Caregiver Counseling is conducted by trained & experienced case managers/counselors to deliver the level of counseling service, which may range from guidance with the responsibilities of the caregiving role to therapy for stress, depression and loss;and may involve his or her informal support system; and may include individual direct sessions and/or telephone consultations. Counseling for Caregivers provides information, referral, education and in-home counseling to family members caring for an older loved one.

Caregiver Support Group is provided to a group of 3-12 caregivers that is led by a facilitator; conducted at least monthly within a supportive setting or via a controlled access, moderated online or teleconference approach; for the purpose of sharing experiences and ideas to ease the stress of caregiving and enhancing decision making and problem solving related to their caregiving roles. Attending a Caregiver Support Group can help you find other caregivers who might be interested in keeping in touch and sharing resources. Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.

Caregiver Training consists of workshops or one-on-one individually tailored sessions, conducted either in person or electronically by a skilled trainer, to assist caregivers in developing the skills and gaining the knowledge necessary to meet and enhance their caregiving roles. Persons providing the training usually address the areas of health, nutrition, and financial literacy. You will learn a variety of self-care tools and strategies to reduce your stress, communicate more effectively with family and healthcare providers, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions.

Case Management service is provided to caregivers who are experiencing diminished capacities due to mental impairment or temporary severe stress and/or depression.

4. Respite Care means a brief period of relief or rest from caregiving responsibilities, and is provided to caregivers on an intermittent, occasional, or emergency basis in a manner that responds to the individual needs and preferences of the caregivers and their care receivers. This service is provided to a caregiver who cares for an individual with two or more activities of daily living limitations or a cognitive impairment, or to a caregiver who is the grandparent or older adult relative caring for a child.

Examples of Temporary Respite Care:

Intermittent – Time off a few hours once a week for a limited time to give the caregiver a planned or unscheduled break.
Occasional – Time off for the caregiver to attend a special event.
Emergency – Extended break to address an intervening circumstance, such as caregiver emotional stress or hospitalization and recovery.

Respite In-Home Supervision is a Temporary Respite Care that includes friendly visiting in order to prevent wandering and health or safety incidents.

Respite Homemaker Assistance is a Temporary Respite Care that includes assistance with meal preparation, medication management, using the phone, and/or light housework (along with care receiver supervision).

Respite In-Home Personal Care is a Temporary Respite Care that includes assistance with eating, bathing, toileting, transferring, and/or dressing (along with care receiver supervision and related homemaker assistance).

Respite Home Chore is a Temporary Respite Care that includes assistance to a caregiver
with heavy housework, yard work, and/or sidewalk and other routine home maintenance (but not structural repairs) associated with caregiving responsibilities.

Respite Out-of-Home Day is a Temporary Respite Care where the care receiver
attends supervised/protective, congregate setting during some portion of a day, and includes access to social and recreational activities.

Respite Out-of-Home Overnight means Temporary Respite Care where the care receiver is temporarily placed in a supervised/protective, residential setting for one or more nights, and may include access to nursing and personal care.

5. Supplemental Services are offered on limited bases to help caregiver to support and
strengthen the caregiving efforts. Supplemental Services for caregivers include the following services:

Assistive Devices for Caregiving may involve the purchase, rental and/or service fee of
any equipment or product system (ranging from a lift chair or bathtub transfer bench to an emergency alert fall prevention device) that will facilitate and enhance the caregiving role.

Home Adaptations for Caregiving makes any minor or major physical change to the
home in order to facilitate and enhance the caregiving role (ranging from installation of
grab bars or replacement of door handles to construction of an entrance ramp or roll-in shower).

Caregiving Services Registry is a listing of dependable, qualified self-employed
homemaker or respite care workers who may be matched with caregivers willing to utilize personal resources to pay for assistance with their caregiving responsibilities.

Caregiving Congregate Meals where a meal is served to a caregiver (or child of a
grandparent or older individual who is a relative caregiver) in a congregate group
setting by a Title III C-1- Congregate Meals nutrition service provider.

Caregiving Home-Delivered Meals where a meal is delivered to a caregiver
and his/her care receiver (or child of a grandparent or older Individual who is a relative
caregiver) at his or her home by a Title III C-2 – Home Delivered Meals nutrition service provider.



For information and assistance on caregiving, please call the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging Information and Assistance:

Quick Links for Caregivers:

L.A. City DOA

NAC National Alliance of Caregiving