Caring for Caregivers

You Are a Caregiver

Caregivers come in many forms and help many different people. You may help a child or grandchild with special needs, a spouse with physical or mental disabilities, an aging parent, grandparent, friend, or neighbor. You may provide assistance with meals, errands, bills, medications, bathing, or dressing. You may help your loved one once in a while or every day. If you provide support in any of these ways, you are a caregiver—and you are not alone.

We All Need Help Sometimes

Taking care of others can be draining, and identifying where to turn for help can feel overwhelming. That’s where the Family Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island (FCARI) comes in. FCARI’s purpose is threefold: to bring together caregivers, agencies, and service members who assist caregivers; to advocate for caregivers; and to provide caregivers with resources and support across the lifespan.

Part of a Lifespan Respite Grant awarded to the Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA), FCARI was brought under the umbrella of United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) to assure its sustainability. While FCARI does not provide direct service, it does help caregivers navigate programs available to them in Rhode Island, similar to 2-1-1, UWRI’s free and confidential resource for assistance with needs such as housing, food, and childcare.

Ready to Connect?

Here are a few ways you can get involved with the Family Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island:

  • Sign up for FCARI’s email list to receive updates and caregiving news.
  • Join us for Caregivers Day at the Rhode Island State House on November 8, 2018, where FCARI in partnership with the DEA will present the RI Family Caregiver of the Year Award.
  • Become a member of FCARI’s Advisory Council, which meets virtually for 1-1.5 hours on a quarterly basis.
  • Join FCARI’s peer-to-peer network to connect with past and current caregivers.
  • Share your needs and insights by taking a short survey that will help FCARI develop a caregiver state plan.

If you have questions or want more information about these opportunities, please contact Maryam Attarpour, Grant Coordinator for FCARI.

By: Alicia Schubert, Communications Coordinator, Strategic Marketing and Communications