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Family Caregiver Support Program

The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) provides assistance to family members and friends who voluntarily take the responsibility to care for a loved one.

The program assists persons, 18 years of age and older, caring for a loved one: 

The program assists persons, 55 years of age and older, caring for a relative (not their own child) who is either: 

 Family and Friends Helping Older Loved Ones at Home 

The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) provides assistance to family members and friends caring for a loved one, 60 years of age and older, who wants to live at home but needs help with daily activities such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, grooming and personal care. It is designed to assists caregivers who often become overwhelmed when helping their aging loved one while managing their own family and work responsibilities at the same time.

FCSP aims to remove some of the stress and financial burden experienced by caregivers by offering a monthly reimbursement for out-of-pocket caregiving supplies such as:

  • Nutritional supplements
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Disinfectant supplies
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Wound care supplies

FCSP also offers caregivers reimbursement for services to help their aging loved such as:

  • Personal care
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication set-up and assistance
  • Light housekeeping
  • Adult day services
  • Respite care

All participants are eligible for a grant to make the home more safe and accessible with modifications or assistive devices such as:

  • Grab bars
  • Bedside toilets
  • Ramps
  • Stair rides

The reimbursement portion of FCSP has income eligibility requirements; however, all program participants will receive an assessment of their needs, a dedicated care manager to connect them with services, financial and resource counseling, and caregiving skills training.


Free Education Series for Family Caregivers, monthly through October, 2014 

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is offering a series of free family caregiver trainings for caregivers of older adults.



 Caring for Adults with Dementia

FCSP is also available to caregivers of loved ones ages, 18 to 59 years of age, who have a medical diagnosis of an irreversible dementia.

Relatives as Parents

Many older adults find themselves serving as parents for the young children in their extended families, raising the children within their own homes. FCSP also offers support for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, ages 55 years and older, caring for children under the age of 18 years. FCSP has a special program that offers intergenerational caregivers monthly reimbursement for caregiving supplies and services.

Older Adults Caring for Adult Relatives with Disabilities

Caregivers, ages 55 years of age and older, of adult relatives with physical and/or intellectual disabilities also qualify for the monthly reimbursement program, training and support, and the benefit of a care manager. This program does not serve older adult parents caring for their adult children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Contact the DHS AAA SeniorLine at 412-350-5460, toll-free 1-800-344-4319, TTY 412-350-2727 or SeniorLine@alleghenycounty.us to get more information on FCSP.

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This card provides an overview of the Family Caregiver Support Program.