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Carol McLImans
Family Caregiver Resource Specialist

Pat Hilgendorf
Caregiver Program Associate


For free, confidential help any time of the day.

Family Caregiver Support Program

November is National Family Caregiver Month
Caregiving Around the Clock

Family Caregivers are invited to be recognized and honored at CAREGIVER CELEBRATIONS

  • Meet other caregivers
  • Learn how to take better care of yourself
  • Learn about community resources to support caregivers

Join us at one of the following celebrations for food, door prizes, presentations and resources!

Buncombe County Celebration
Saturday, November 4
10 am - 2 pm
Land of Sky Regional Council
Lunch provided, registration required. Contact Carol at carol@landofsky.org or 828.251.6622 x119

Henderson County Celebration
Tuesday, November 7
2 - 5 pm
Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center, Hendersonville

Madison County Celebration
Friday, November 3
2 - 5 pm
AB Tech Madison Campus, Marshall

Transylvania County Celebration
Monday, November 6
2 - 5 pm
Transylvania County Library, Brevard

With the 2001 reauthorization of the Older American’s Act came a new initiative, the National Family Caregiver Support Law.  This program gives primary focus to the caregiver, not the care recipient.

These caregivers may provide assistance such as shopping, bathing, dressing or preparing meals, or they might arrange for and oversee services such as home maintenance, paying bills, or other similar services.

Land of Sky Regional Council’s Family Caregiver Support Program provides information, assistance and support to these family members and friends who are caring for a frail elderly person or someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  Grandparents and older relatives age 55 and older who are raising a child are also eligible for assistance.

Caregivers will receive information about services and programs available to help them keep the person they care for at home.  Limited financial assistance is available for caregiver respite, which allows caregivers to take a short break from their caregiving responsibilities.  Support groups as well as workshops and training programs are available to help caregivers take better care of themselves and the person they are caring for.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program and its companion book, The Caregiver Helpbook, are designed to provide caregivers the tools to:

  • Reduce personal stress
  • Practice self-care
  • Reduce guilt, anger, and depression
  • Communicate effectively with family members, doctors, and paid help
  • Utilize community resources
  • Make tough decisions
  • Set goals and problem solve

Research has shown that Powerful Tools for Caregivers increases caregiver confidence and builds skills to help them thrive as individuals. Six-week classes for caregivers are conducted by trained PTC Class Leaders. Contact Carol McLimans for more information.

Caregiving Web sites:
Full Circle of Care
A full service caregiver support Web site.  Recent recipient of an “Innovations and Achievement Award” from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

The Eldercare Locator
A national directory for information on aging programs and services anywhere in the United States.

Family Caregiver Alliance and National Center on Caregiving
Caregiving information and advice, fact sheets and publications, newsletters, public policy and research.

Alzheimer's Association
An informative Web site for information about Alzheimer's Disease and caring for someone with Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer’s Store
Products and information for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  Products have been selected to make living with Alzheimer’s disease as easy as possible. 

The Caregiver Action Network
Education, peer support, and resources that serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.

Next Step in Care
Next Step in Care has five categories of information for you to choose from: The hospital, discharge planning, rehabilitation and subacute care, care at home, and outpatient care.

Each category has guides specially chosen for that setting or issue. There are 28 family caregiver guides, checklists, and forms. In addition, there are videos, common terms and definitions, and a section of links and resources.

Senior Services Directories:
Buncombe County
Henderson County
Madison County
Transylvania County

Caregiver Resource Directory - For Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties

Verterans Services Officers