Johnny Huey is the primary caregiver for his 86-year-old father and 73-year-old mother. Johnny’s father suffers from a mild cognitive impairment and Dementia. His mother also suffers from multiple chronic conditions adding to Johnny’s caregiver strain. Both care recipients require 24-hour supervision as they are at risk of falls.
Although Johnny has his wife and two sisters as the back-up caregivers, he expressed feeling overwhelmed at time of enrollment with Family Caregiver Program. Johnny found it very challenging to balance caregiving, family life and work. Through the Family Caregiver Support Program, Johnny was able to access services like habilitation therapy, respite services and referral to community resources. He applied the resources and supports provided by FCSP and in turn was able to keep both of his parents at home and safe.
Valerie has been enrolled in the Family Caregiver Support Program since February 2015. Valerie Mitchell is the primary caregiver for her 73-year-old mother who suffers from Dementia. She is a single mother, working full time while taking care of her mother, grandchild and two brothers. At the time of enrollment, Valerie expressed feeling depressed and overwhelmed from balancing work and caregiver tasks.
Through the Family Caregiver Support Program, Valerie was able to receive habilitation therapy from an Alzheimer’s coach to better understand and manage her mother’s Dementia. Valerie also received information about support groups in her area to help reduce some of her isolation. The program was also able to provide a respite scholarship to help ease some of her financial strain. Today Valerie is thriving as a caregiver. She applied tools and resources given by her care advisor and has significantly reduced some of her caregiver stress.