Family Caregiver Support

The National Family Caregiver Support (NFCS) project provides in-home and community based respite services to family caregivers along with information, referral, limited counseling services and in-home caregiver training services.


Caregivers of persons over age 60 and Grandparents or other senior relatives who are the primary caregivers of children not more than 18 years of age. Preference is given to persons with greatest economic and social needs as defined by the Older Americans Act.

Top 3 Goals

  1. To provide quality in-home and community based respite services.
  2. To form a caregiver coalition and develop a caregiver resource guide.
  3. To develop a CNA caregiver in-home training program.

Explanation of Services

NFCS will provide information to caregivers about available services. The program will assist caregivers in gaining access to supportive services. Staff will provide individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training to assist caregivers with decision-making and problem solving and improve direct services to the care receiver. Respite services will enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved of their responsibilities. Supplemental services will fill in gaps and complement care provided by providers.

Number of Persons Served

100 in the first year.

Client Profile

Generally the caregiver client is a person over age 60 caring for a family member who is also over age 60.

Source of Funding

Federal Older American Act and State of Tennessee

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Monroe, Roane, Grainger, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier, and Union.

For More Information Please Contact: Shaler Gentry (866) 836-6678 ext. 4260 or by E-mail