Family Caregiver Support

Family Caregiver Classes

The Family Caregiver Support Program offers the highly successful, evidence based national program called “Powerful Tools for Caregiving”. This class series meets one time a week for six weeks offering the family caregiver a wealth of self-care tools to:

Reduce personal stress

Change negative self-talk

Communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers

Recognize the messages in their emotions

Deal with difficult feelings

Making tough caregiving decisions


Each participant receives the “caregiver Helpbook” and there is no cost to attend the classes.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program you can count on to make a positive difference in your life.


“This program truly has given me some tools for communication with my mother, who has dementia. This course is very helpful because it challenged me to take action for my own needs. I am a better Caregiver because I have taken the time to take these classes.” – Nancy C.

Support Groups

Family Caregiver Support Group

Caregivers so seldom take time or find the place to talk about their own needs. Support groups can help the family caregiver find some relief from isolation, share their experiences as a caregiver, and all the emotions that accompany that role.

Third Tuesday of each month from 2:30-4:00PM

The Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center

327 South Hayne Street, Monroe, NC 28112

Grief & Bereavement Support Group

If you are grieving any loss, whether the death of a loved one, or grief associated with caring for someone with dementia, you are not alone.  Contact us for more information on how to join us at our new grief and bereavement support group.

First Wednesday of each month from 2:00-4:00PM

Council on Aging in Union County

1401 Skyway Drive, Monroe, NC 28110

Respite & Caregiver Relief

Taking care of an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding, but it can be physically and emotionally draining as well. That’s why it is important for caregivers to seek occasional respite from their responsibilities.

Respite care provides relief for the caregiver. It takes some of the burden and stress away. Getting respite care is important for your health and for your ability to continue to provide care for your loved one.

The Family Caregiver Support Program offers temporary respite for an eligible caregiver needing a break.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Support is available to grandparents 55 and older caring for a grandchild 18 or younger.

Supportive Videos

Council on Aging and the Family Caregiver Support Program has a collection of resources to help caregivers. Below are some short videos that share positive reactions to common frustrating behaviors as well as some useful skills such as how to help someone with bathing and how to help someone get in and out of a car. If you are interested in more resources, contact our Family Caregiver Support specialist.

Behavioral Issues

Adult Day Programs

An adult day program provides services during the day such as meals, socialization, games and educational activities. This allows the caregiver the freedom to get a break or go to work during the day. If you are interested in learning more about how an adult day care program can help or the adult day care options for our area, feel free to contact our office.