When loved ones become dependent on daily care, often it's family and friends who selflessly rise to the occasion and become caregivers. The Native American Caregiver Program assists families who are caring for an older relative with a chronic illness or disability, and works to support the caretakers, who may find themselves physically and emotionally overextended. The program provides five areas of service for the caregiver: information, assistance, counseling and support groups, supplemental services and respite, in which a trusted individual is chosen to temporarily take over the caregiving responsibilities.
The application process is easy and anyone caring for a federally recognized elder over the age of 60 is eligible. The program recognizes those who are chronically ill, have a life-altering disability and grandparents raising a minor. Application forms are available online or at Chickasaw Nation senior centers. The application process may also be completed over the phone. For more information about the Native American Caregiver Program, please visit www.chickasaw.net or contact the Chickasaw Nation Aging Administration Office by phone at (580) 795-9790 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.