Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing care at home for loved ones with disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
The agency developed groundbreaking caregiver support programs based on a unique and cost-effective principle: services were developed based on proven needs, not on unproven assumptions.
Solid research by Family Caregiver Alliance illuminated the critical services families needed most: information, emotional support, respite care, legal and financial advice, educational programs. FCA developed cutting-edge services to meet those needs, always guided by a second key principle: given a little help, families prefer to keep their loved ones at home, out of institutions, as long as possible. Nearly 80% of the long-term care in this country is provided by families, not institutions.
But how can we continue to assist those families faced with 24-hour, seven-days-a-week care? Your donations will help more than you can imagine.
With your contribution, Family Caregiver Alliance will be able to:
• Expand our online services to meet the needs of caregivers across the country who need our help. The FCA website, www.caregiver.org, is easily accessible and filled with reliable, practical information. There is no charge to access any part of our website, and there is no advertising. Our online newsletters and support groups are free as well. Additional funding will allow us to expand those services, develop additional materials, and help us respond to the many e-mailed requests from all over the country for assistance and resource information. We have the expertise. We need your contribution.
• Continue our innovative programs, such as our Camps for Caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s, our free information and counseling services, our workshops and support groups, our bilingual programs. We know where the needs are. Your contribution will go far to fill them.
• Increase recognition by policy-makers, professional care providers and the public of the enormous social and economic impact of long-term care. Your support will help us remain the public voice for caregivers, to advocate on their behalf when they are too worried, too impoverished or too exhausted to do so.
• Improve the emotional and physical well-being of family caregivers. Perhaps someone in your house is ill–or maybe it’s a friend or a neighbor. You know that just a little assistance goes a long way in keeping families intact and functioning.
We can only do this together. Help us celebrate 30 years of caring for those who care!
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