National Family Caregiver Support Program

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provides assistance to family caregivers and grandparents or other relative caregivers. Family members are the primary providers of long-term care for older adults and adults with disabilities in the United States rather than social service agencies, nursing homes or government programs. These informal caregivers provide unpaid help to those who live in the community and have Activities of Daily Living (ADL) limitations such as bathing, transferring, eating, dressing and walking.

Program Services

NFCSP provides five basic services for family caregivers that include:

  • Information to caregivers about available services

  • Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to case management services

  • Individual counseling, support groups and caregiver training to assist the caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their caregiving roles

  • Respite care that allows caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities (ex: homemaker, adult day care, respite and personal care services)

  • Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by family caregivers (ex: home-delivered meals and medical supplies)

Program Eligibility

Those eligible for the program include:

  • Adult family members or other adult informal caregivers providing care to adults age 60 years or older and adults with disabilities

  • Caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (regardless of age)

  • Grandparents and relative caregivers, age 55 years or older, of children no older than age 18

  • Relative caregivers, age 55 years or older, of a disabled adult 19-59 years of age (not including natural or adoptive parents)


Patty Ray, AAAD CLS Ombudsman

Upper Cumberland Development District

P: 931-476-4112