Assistance from a trained Caregiver Coordinator is available to help the caregiver assess his or her needs, establish an option plan and arrange for support services. Individual or family counseling, organization of support groups, and individual training by qualified professionals are designed to provide caregivers with advice, guidance, and instruction about options and methods of accessing caregiver support and providing care. RESPITE CARE provides a temporary relief to care-givers who provide 24-hour care to older adults who need assistance with at least two everyday activities or who have cognitive impairment. Respite is also available to older adults caring for children age 18 or younger so that a caregiver can take a break or deal with an emergency situation. Respite care can be provided in the home or at an adult/child day care or other facility. A support group for caregivers meets the third Thursday of every month at 2pm in the North Central Human Service Center, for more information call 857-8546.
The ND Department of Human Services Aging Services Division administers the ND Family Caregiver Support program.