Family Caregiver Support Program

"There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, those who will need caregivers."

–Rosalynn Carter

holding handsThe Family Caregiver Support Program of the High Country Area Agency on Aging offers respite and supportive services for caregivers. Our goal is to provide caregivers with the needed support to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and enable them to provide care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the need for costly institutional care.

Who is a caregiver?

A caregiver can be defined numerous ways. In general we define a caregiver as anyone providing care and support to a loved one on a continual basis. You are a caregiver if you:

  • Provide personal care such as toileting, bathing, dressing, assist with eating, or ambulation
  • Help with shopping, medical appointments, finances, housework and home repairs
  • Seek information and assistance in acquiring services for your loved one
  • Help your loved one manage healthcare, appointments, and coordinating services while you are living an hour or more away
  • Oversee the care of your loved one while they reside in a facility

Family caregiver support program services

Respite services

Respite is typically defined as a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. Respite for caregivers can take on many forms with the ultimate goal of helping to share in the responsibility of caregiving and providing support. Utilizing respite care prior to becoming exhausted, isolated, or overwhelmed is ideal and the simple anticipation of relief can greatly reduce stress and anxiety.

Support groups and additional services

Support Groups

Caregiver support groups are a wonderful way for caregivers to provide support for one another. Our support groups are offered throughout the region and in various settings in order to meet the needs of the group. Regional support group times and locations can be found on our events calendar.

RAPP: Relatives as Parents Program

Provided by the High Country Caregiver Foundation, The High Country RAPP program is a support system for grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting. The primary goal of the program is to build a social network for kinship caregivers, who often lack support, services, and companionship. The RAPP program holds monthly events for both parents and children as well as additional respite and supportive assistance.

Case Management and Assistance

Workforce Education and Support 

Dementia Friends 

Dementia Friends USA is part of a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.  A Dementia Friend is someone who, through viewing a series of online videos or attending an in-person session, learns about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts.  Regional Dementia Friends workshops can be found on our events calendar


Additional Caregiver Resources

For additional information on any of the Family Caregiver Support Program services, contact Nicole Hiegl at 828-265-5434 ext. 122 or, or visit