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Family Caregiver Support Program

Last Revised: Oct 03, 2014 - Initial Posting: Aug 19, 2005

Big Five Community Services sponsors the Family Caregiver Support Program to provide information and services for persons caring for a family member or loved one with a disability or special health care need.


Big Five Community Services offers the Family Caregiver Support Program to assist persons caring for a family member or loved one in their home.  Support is available for individuals who are caring for someone who is 60 years of age or older who relies on the caregiver for at least two activities of daily living needs such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, transferring, or walking.  Grandparents 55 years of age or older are also eligible if they are caring for grandchildren under the age of 18.

Program services include (a) Referral, (b) Respite, and (c) Support Groups.  Relief can provide the caregiver:

  • Time for themselves
  • Time to take a break
  • Time with other family members
  • Time to participate in community activities

Referrals are provided for various types of assistance including transportation, home health, financial resources, training, counseling, education, and other needs.  A toll-free information dissemination line is also maintained by Big Five to provide information on the availability of services.

Caregivers are given a voucher for respite care for up to $350 once every three months.  The voucher can be used for various purposes including running errands, going to the doctor, visiting family or friends, or taking a vacation.

Caregiver Support Group meetings are held to promote peer support, along with training by professionals with skills such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and skilled nursing services.

Information for family caregivers is available through the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP).

Other useful sources of information related to caregiving include:

298 caregivers and 19 grandparents were involved with the Big Five Family Caregiver Support Program in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  Program services are available in 10 counties: Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Coal, Garvin, Johnston, Love, Marshall, Murray, and Pontotoc.


Alona Tolbert, Family Caregiver Support Coordinator

Donna Pound, Community Programs Director