Family Caregiver Support Program

The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) aims to help caregivers by offering support. This assistance reduces feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress, helping caregivers provide care for longer periods. This can help avoid or delay the need for expensive institutional care.

Who qualifies as a family caregiver?

  • Anyone aged 18 or above caring for someone aged 60 or older.
  • Family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
  • Grandparents or other relatives aged 55 or older caring for adult children with disabilities aged 19 to 59.

Caregivers must live in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, or Swain counties.


Services Available to Caregivers

Discover the range of services and programs available to caregivers:

  • Access to information on available resources to support families in their caregiver roles.
  • Assistance in connecting families with services from public and private agencies, including help in planning for future needs.
  • Emotional and physical support for caregivers to help them manage the stresses associated with caregiving.
  • Educational events and training sessions for caregivers on topics such as care techniques, effective communication with healthcare professionals, and making healthcare, legal, and financial decisions.
  • Temporary breaks through Respite Care to give caregivers much-needed rest.
  • Limited Supplemental Services to enhance care provided by eligible caregivers, including one-time services like home modifications (ramps, grab bars, assistive devices, and safety inspections).

If you’re a family caregiver, or know someone who is, and could benefit from a confidential consultation about these services, please reach out to our Family Caregiver Resource Coordinator, Kellie Dula, at 828.565.1826 or via email at [email protected].

Caregiver Resources