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Caregiver Support

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Taking care of you can take care of your loved one

“I was at a point of burnout. With all the extra things we need to do... it is overwhelming. With [this] assistance, I have been able to keep my mother’s care as important as mine, so that I may continue to care for her in the future.”

– Caregiver Respite Grant Recipient

CVAA is committed to support for caregivers through a growing number of programs.

Information and Community Resources

CVAA’s Senior HelpLine is for family caregivers as well as seniors, health care professionals, and anyone concerned about a senior. This confidential telephone service provides information, referrals, and assistance on community, state, and federal programs for seniors and their caregivers. Nationally certified Senior HelpLine staff provide answers to your questions and explain your options. We can help you find what you are looking for, including support groups, respite care, Meals on Wheels, in-home care, housing, transportation, and more. You can also find more by clicking here for CVAA’s Resource Guide.

Dementia Respite Support

The Dementia Respite Grant program provides small grants to unpaid caregivers of individuals with irreversible dementia to be used to pay for in-home services, adult day care, or personal respite for the care provider. The purpose of the grant is to help delay or prevent nursing home placement by offering support and relief to caregivers who care for their loved ones.Any family member is eligible to apply, be it a spouse or other unpaid primary caregiver providing daily care in the home for a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another memory disorder.Financial eligibility is based on the income of the person 

Caregiver Training

CVAA offers a six-week class on the nationally recognized Powerful Tools for Caregivers, which teaches caregivers how to reduce their stress, communicate their needs to family members, recognize their emotions, work through difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions. Designed to help caregivers combat high rates of depression and anxiety, this program encourages individuals to use exercise, relaxation, and other self-care techniques to reduce anger, guilt, and depression, as well as improve self-confidence with caregiving responsibilities.

Tips for Caregivers

1 Plan ahead
2 Take one day at a time
3 Accept help
4 Get enough rest and nutrition
5 Be good to yourself 
6 Learn about available resources
7 Develop contingency plans
8 Make YOUR health a priority
9 Make time for leisure, rest, and relaxation
10 Share your feelings with others

Additional Resources

The Many Faces of Caregiving - essay by CVAA Board Member Liz Vogel

CVAA Caregiver Resource List

Information from CVAA's Senior HelpLine staff

Overview of available In-Home Services
Home and Agency Care Options/Caregiver Resources - includes

  • Home Health agencies
  • In-Home Care and Respite providers
  • Caregiver registries
  • Adult Day facilities
  • Out of Home Respite providers

Other Online Resources

Family Caregiver Alliance

National Family Caregivers Association

Vermont Division of Disability & Aging Services

Vermont Direct Care Register

Committee of Vermont Elders Caregivers

Alzheimer's Asociation

VT Kin as Parents

Download our Caregiver Support brochure