North Dakota Aging Services

Friday, July 19, 2019

Caregiver Support

The types of caregiver support you may need will vary over time. Below you will learn about some common terms and supports you might encounter in your caregiving journey.

Respite care:

  • Is a brief beneficial break from caregiving
  • Should be used frequently and early in your caregiving experience to avoid exhaustion, isolation, and the feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Read the ABCs of Respite to learn more

Regional aging services program administrator (RASPA):

  • Is a professional in your area employed by the Aging Services Division who is familiar with local supports and services for older adults and people with physical disabilities 
  • Can make home visits, meet you at a convenient location, or talk by phone to connect you to available services
  • Call the ADRL at 1-855-462-5465 to connect with a RASPA

Options counseling:

  • Helps guide people and their families through options in services and supports that match their needs
  • Call the ADRL at 1-855-462-5465 to connect with a RASPA to schedule an options counseling visit

Family caregiver support program:

  • Helps eligible caregivers address challenges related to providing 24-hour care
  • Provides services including respite care, information about services and supports, training to assist caregivers to improve their caregiving skills, individual and family counseling, and other services to complement the care provided by caregivers

Qualified service provider (QSP):

  • Is an individual independent contractor or agency that provides paid care for people in their homes or communities
  • Find a QSP by searching HERE or calling the ADRL at 1-855-462-5465 

Home and community based services (HCBS):

  • Includes a variety of services and supports paid for by Federal, State, and local funding to allow people to stay in their homes
  • Are administered by your local county social service office or through other community providers
  • Considers a person’s functional ability and financial status to determine if the person qualifies for help
  • Call the ADRL at 1-855-462-5465 to connect with services 


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