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Supports and Services for Caregivers

The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) offers a number of supports and services for caregivers. Follow the links below to learn more about these caregiver support options. Also, be sure to visit the Caregiver Information and Support section of this website for support groups, internet links, and many other helpful caregiver resources.

  • Caregiver Resource Centers - serve as access points located throughout Delaware that provide information, assistance and support related to a caregiver's individual situation.
  • Delaware Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC) - DSAAPD's one-stoss point that provides the following:
    • Information and Assistance - provides information about and help in finding appropriate programs, supports, services, activities, events, and other community resources for caregivers, older persons, and persons with disabilities throughout Delaware.
    • Options Counseling - helps individuals identify long-term care needs and preferences, understand the service options available to them, and make decisions about care.
  • Lifespan Respite - provides respite vouchers to eligible caregivers which allow them to pay for care for their loved ones while they take a break from their own caregiving responsibilities.
  • Respite Care - provides a break for caregivers, such as family members, who take care of an older person, an adult with a physical disability, or a person with dementia.  Respite is provided in the home of the care recipient or caregiver.
  • Support Groups - provide opportunities for caregivers to connect and share information, insight, advice, and encouragement.

The following are some of the services provided by DSAAPD that may be utilized by an older adult or an adult who has a physical disability to supplement the care provided by a caregiver. Select a service option from the list below for more detailed information.

DSAAPD provides a full range of services to support older persons, persons with disabilities, and caregivers. To access the complete list of services and learn more, please visit the main Services page of this website.

  • Adult Day Services - provides activities and assistance at multiple sites throughout the state for people with physical and/or cognitive impairments. This service is for people who cannot be left alone for long periods of time.
  • Attendant Services - a self-directed program in which participants serve as employers of their own attendants who provide assistance with the functions of daily living, self-care, or mobility.
  • Case Management - helps older persons, persons with disabilities, and caregivers get connected with the supports and services that they need.
  • Home-Delivered Meals - provides nutritionally balanced, hot meals during the day to homebound persons. Some people also receive cold, bagged meals so that they will have food available in the evening as well.
  • Personal Care - provided for persons who need help at home or outside the home with activities of daily living due to illness or disability.
  • Personal Emergency Response System - a device that allows a person at high risk (for example an older person who lives alone and has a health problem) to push a button to summon help in the event of an emergency.