UTAH CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM

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SPECIAL PURPOSE SUPPORT

Family caregivers are encourged to contact their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to learn more about the caregiver support program in their area. Information and resources, complimentary respite care, individual counseling, community education (including dementia education) and support groups are available. Dementia education focuses on understanding the disease process, how to handle specific behaviors, communication issues and expanding an informal care team.

FEATURES OF UCSP PROGRAM

The Utah Caregiver Support Program (UCSP) assists families and informal (unpaid) caregivers to care for their loved ones in their homes for as long as possible. The program provides five types of services:

  • information to caregivers about available services

  • assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services

  • individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training

  • respite care (i.e. a break, assistance with personal care for care receiver, homemaking)

  • supplemental services (i.e. grab bars, incontinent supplies), on a limited basis

This program has no income requirements. Information, counseling, support groups and caregiver education are available to all caregivers in the community. Respite and supplemental services are provided to the following eligible caregivers based on risk scores for stress:

  • 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

  • Older relatives (not parents) age 55 and older providing care to children under the age of 18; and

  • Older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older providing care to adults ages 18-59 with disabilities

To learn more about the Caregiver Support Program in your area, please contact the Division of Aging & Adult Services or your local Area Agency on Aging:

 

Utah Caregiver Support Program:

  • To find your local Area Agency on Aging and Caregiver Support Program anywhere in the United States:

    • 1-800-677-1116

    • https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx 

      • Type in zip code or city/state and click “Search”

      • The local AAA will display and caregiver can call directly and ask to speak with someone about caregiver support.

 

 

  • Community Caregiver Education:

    • Bear River Area Agency on Aging: Caregiver Academy, Dementia Dialogues

    • Davis County Senior Services: Caregiver Academy, Dementia Dialogues

    • Five County Area Agency on Aging: Caregiver Academy, Dementia Dialogues, RCI REACH, Dealing with Dementia

    • Mountainland Department of Aging (MAG) Dementia Dialogues

    • Salt Lake County Aging Services: Caregiver Academy, Stress Busters for Dementia Caregivers, Stress Busters for Chronic Illness

    • San Juan County Area Agency on Aging: Dementia Live

    • Six County Area Agency on Aging

    • Southeastern Utah Area Agency on Aging: Dementia Dialogues, Dementia Live

    • Tooele County Aging Services: Dementia Dialogues, Dementia Live; RCI REACH

    • Uintah Basin Area Agency on Aging:

    • Uintah County Area Agency on Aging:

    • Weber Area Agency on Aging: Hybrid Caregiver Education series offered in Fall & Spring

 

Additional Caregiver Education Offerings:

 

       AARP Prepare to Care: https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/home-and-      family/caregiving/2012-10/PrepareToCare-Guide-FINAL.pdf

Ancillary Support Services for Caregivers:

Ancillary Support Service for Caregivers – legal concerns: