This program helps families caring for an older Native Hawaiian relative with a chronic condition or disability. The Native Hawaiian Caregiver Support Program provides a system of support and services to Native Hawaiian family caregivers and to native Hawaiian grandparents or older relatives caring for children age 18 and under.
Participants must be family caregivers of Native Hawaiian elders ages 60 and older who are unable to be left alone. Proof of age and ethnicity is required for the care recipient but not the caregiver. Limited funding is also available for Native Hawaiian grandparents or older relatives caring for children age 18 and under who meet certain criteria. A birth certificate is required for proof of age and ethnicity for the older caregivers taking care of children.
The Native Hawaiian Caregiver Support Program provides:
- Information to caregivers about available services
- Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services
- Referrals to individual counseling, support groups and caregiver training to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their caregiving responsibilities
- Respite support to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their responsibilities
- Limited supplemental services to complement the care provided by the caregiver