Our Programs

Caregiver Services

There are over 55 million people around the country who are caring for family members, friends, or neighbors with physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities. Caregivers often find the task of caring for another person to be overwhelming. They often develop stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, or ulcers. An occasional break from caregiving enables an exhausted caregiver to regroup both physically and emotionally, and find the strength to carry on.

The Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) offers funding for the following caregivers programs:


National Family Caregiver Support Program: The term 'caregiver' means an adult relative or non- relative, or another individual who is an informal provider of in-home and community care. Only caregivers who provide care to the applicant that meets the eligibility requirements may receive services under these programs.


Respite Care: Respite care is a short term option designed to provide a break from the physical and emotional stress from caregiving. Respite care services include, but are not limited to: adult day care, home health aides, homemaker, companion, skilled nursing care, or short term assisted living or nursing home care. Funds may be used for day or night respite. A mandatory assessment must be completed before respite services are provided.


Supplemental Services: Supplemental services are one time health-related items or service options designed to help "fill the gap" when there is a need or there are no other ways to obtain the service or item. Supplemental services help improve the quality of life for the care recipient and help to alleviate the strain on caregivers who care for older individuals. Supplemental services include, but are not limited to, home safety modifications and medical related equipment. These services are available through the federal National Family Caregivers Support Program.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a dynamic course that offers family members, friends or neighbors the tools they need to take care of themselves while caring for others. Over six weeks, participants learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Powerful Tools classes are FREE. Join a class and learn how to balance your life.

To discuss your situation or to learn more about the WCAAA Caregiver programs, please call the WCAAA office at 203-757-5449 or 800-994-9422.


National Family Caregiver Support Program

Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program


Family Caregiver Guide


Other Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Support Group Websites

Caregiver Support Groups in Western CT

Service Definitions

Emergency Supply Kit

Emergency Information Form