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Waccamaw Family Caregiver Support Program
1230 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

Phone: 843-546-8502
Fax: 843-527-2302

Jennifer Gray, RN, CIRS-A., Family Caregiver Advocate

Organizational mission or general goals:
The Waccamaw Area Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) is part of the National Family Caregiver Support Program created by the Older Americans Act Amendments in November 2000. The purpose of the program is to assist caregivers by educating them about Caregiving, informing them about available services in their communities, helping them to gain access to needed services, and supporting them throughout their Caregiving experiences.

Primary services provided:
Support services for caregivers of older adults and those with disabilities. (No charge.) The Family Caregiver Support Program of the Waccamaw Area Agency on Aging has been established to assist family caregivers in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. We recognize families do a wonderful job taking care of older relatives. Our services make Caregiving a little easier, less stressful and more rewarding.

Primary clientele served:
Unpaid family caregivers; for a frail or disabled adult 60 or older; for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related neurological disorder. Relative caregiver, 55 or older, responsible for raising a child related through blood, marriage, or adoption.

Employees and/or volunteers:
One (1) Advocate/Numerous volunteers

Staff members eligible for professional credentialing and credentialed staff members employed:
One (1) Advocate

Clients/patients/participants served each year:
10,000 plus.

Organization accredited or certified by an outside agency or association:

Special services or pricing for senior citizens:
No charge. The Waccamaw Area Family Caregiver Support Program can provide: INFORMATION to caregivers about available services, ASSISTANCE to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services, CAREGIVER TRAING to assist the caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their Caregiving roles, an organization of SUPPORT GROUPS, RESPITE CARE to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their Caregiving responsibilities, including: in home respite care and adult daycare, SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES on a limited basis, to complement the assistance provided by caregivers, including: home modifications; assistive technologies; emergency response systems; and equipment/supplies.

Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will undertake in your lifetime. Typically, it is not an easy role, nor is it one for which most of us is prepared. Like most people, you may have questions about how to cope with your receiver's illness or disability. I fyou have a job and are juggling several responsibilites or if your family member needs a lot of assistance, you may need help with caregiving too. Whether you are expecting to become a caregiver or have been thrust into the role overnight, it is useful to know where you can get information and help. A direct phone number is 843-436-6144; a toll free number is 1-800-569-1957; a cell phone number is 843-267-1758
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