Family Caregiver Support Program

• Family Caregiver Support Program & Project C.A.R.E. – The National Family Caregiver Support Program was established to help family and informal caregivers care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. FCSP helps caregivers by providing information to connect them with the right resources; counseling, support groups, and education; respite (short term relief); and short term or one time only services. Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) can assist caregivers of people with dementia by providing a Family Consultant to help resolve caregiving issues. This service is provided by the Duke Family Support Program.
• With the 2001 reauthorization of the Older American’s Act came a new initiative, the National Family Caregiver Support Law.  This program gives primary focus to the caregiver, not the care recipient.
• These caregivers may provide assistance such as shopping, bathing, dressing or preparing meals, or they might arrange for and oversee services such as home maintenance, paying bills, or other similar services.
• Kerr-Tar Regional Council’s Family Caregiver Support Program provides information, assistance and support to these family members and friends who are caring for a frail elderly person or someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.  Grandparents and older relatives age 55 and older who are raising a child are also eligible for assistance.
• Caregivers will receive information about services and programs available to help them keep the person they care for at home.  Limited financial assistance is available for caregiver respite, which allows caregivers to take a short break from their caregiving responsibilities.  Support groups as well as workshops and training programs are available to help caregivers take better care of themselves and the person they are caring for.

Caregiver Support Groups
There are caregiver support groups in each county in the region.  Come join us at any of them that fit your schedule!

County Location Date / Time Contact Person Telephone Number
Franklin Louisburg Senior Center 2nd Monday 7:00pm Wendy Hunter 919-496-1131
Granville Granville Medical Center 1st Wednesday 12:00pm Melissa Starr 919-690-3273
Person Person County Senior Center 3rd Tuesday 6:00pm Maynell Harper 336-599-7484
Vance Vance Senior Center 3rd Monday 11:30am Joyce Davis 252-430-0257
Vance Flat Rock Methodist Church 2nd Saturday 10:00pm Rev. Cathly Hoyle 252-492-5110
Warren Warren County Senior Center 2nd Tuesday 3:00pm LaVerne Gardner 252-257-3111

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program and its companion book, The Caregiver Helpbook, are designed to provide caregivers the tools to:

• Reduce personal stress
• Practice self-care
• Reduce guilt, anger, and depression
• Communicate effectively with family members, doctors, and paid help
• Utilize community resources
• Make tough decisions
• Set goals and problem solve

Research has shown that Powerful Tools for Caregivers increases caregiver confidence and builds skills to help them thrive as individuals. Six-week classes for caregivers are conducted by trained PT4C Class Leaders. Contact Melissa Catlett for more information.

Virtual Dementia Tour
What would it be like to have no memory?  To have your sight impaired or be unable to walk?  What would it be like to have dementia?

The Virtual Dementia Tour®, created by Second Wind Dreams, is an individualized experience through simulated dementia created for families, organizations, and companies seeking to better understand the physical and mental challenges of those with dementia.  This program was created by P.K. Beville, founder of Second Wind Dreams, to support their wish program, where wishes are grated to senior citizens. For more information visit

After experiencing this sensory training, individuals will have a greater understanding of the realities of what living with dementia is like.  This unique, interactive program has been shown to improve communication and care.  Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes.

For more information, please contact:
Melissa Catlett
Family Caregiver Specialist
Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging

Caregiving Web sites:
Full Circle of Care
A full service caregiver support Web site.  Recent recipient of an “Innovations and Achievement Award” from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

The Eldercare Locator
A national directory for information on aging programs and services anywhere in the United States.

Family Caregiver Alliance and National Center on Caregiving
Caregiving information and advice, fact sheets and publications, newsletters, public policy and research.

Alzheimer’s North Carolina
Alzheimers North Carolina is dedicated to providing education, support and services to individuals with dementia, their families, health care professionals and the general public while raising awareness and funding for research of a cause(s), treatment, prevention and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Alzheimer’s Association
An informative Web site for information about Alzheimer’s Disease and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Store
Products and information for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  Products have been selected to make living with Alzheimer’s disease as easy as possible.

The Caregiver Action Network
Education, peer support, and resources that serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Duke Family Support Program
Your source for help with Alzheimer’s, memory disorders and elder care decisions. The Duke Family Support Program serves families and professionals concerned about or caring for persons with memory disorders in North Carolina, and Duke employees seeking help with elder care decisions.

Next Step in Care
Next Step in Care has five categories of information for you to choose from: The hospital, discharge planning, rehabilitation and subacute care, care at home, and outpatient care.

Each category has guides specially chosen for that setting or issue. There are 28 family caregiver guides, checklists, and forms. In addition, there are videos, common terms and definitions, and a section of links and resources.