Government releases $128 million for family caregivers

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) -- States will soon receive $128 million in grants to help people who care for elderly relatives at home.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson approved the release of the money Thursday under the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

''With courage, compassion and dedication, family caregivers can help the elderly and people with disabilities to stay in a loving environment,'' Thompson said.

He said the grants will fund community services and resources, easing the burden of hundreds of thousands of family caregivers.

The services include providing information, counseling, support groups and training. Respite services are also available to give caregivers a short break when needed.

The program also assists grandparents raising grandchildren and older individuals providing care to children with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

The money is part of $141.5 million Congress approved for the program for the current year. It is a $16.5 million increase from last year.

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