Native American Family Caregiver Support Program
The Native American Family Caregiver Support program can serve two types of unpaid family caregivers:
1. Family caregiver: An adult family member, or another individual, who is an unpaid informal provider of in-home and community care to an older individual or to an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
2. Grandparent or older individual who is a relative caregiver: A grandparent or step grandparent of a child, or a relative of a child by blood, marriage, or adoption, who is 55 years of age or older and
• lives with the child;
• is the primary caregiver of the child because the biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver of the child; and
• has a legal relationship to the child, as such legal custody or guardianship, or is raising the child informally.
The five services required by Title VI are:
1. Information to caregivers about available services.
2. Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services.
3. Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training to assist the caregivers in the areas of health, nutrition, and financial literacy, and in making decisions and solving problems relating to their care-giving roles.
4. Respite care to enable caregivers of frail elders to be temporarily and intermittently relieved from their care-giving responsibilities.
5. Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to caregivers of frail elders to complement the care provided by caregivers. Due to limited grant funding this service is no longer provided, but is provided through the Tribal Assistance Program.