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Caregivers First Initiative

Caregivers First Initiative

Are you a caregiver?

Do you remind your husband to take his medications? Schedule appointments for your mom? Drop off groceries for your aunt? Drive your wife to bingo and her hair appointments? You may be a caregiver. A caregiver is anyone responsible for looking after another person, or helping them manage the activities of daily life.

Do you qualify for the Caregivers First Initiative (CFI)?

CFI is a free program for adult caregivers age 18+ who:

  • Provide care to an older adult age 60+ in Allegheny county;
  • Are experiencing stress;
  • Are struggling with the balance of care-giving and other responsibilities, such as work, family, finances, etc.;
  • Are looking for resources to help.

How will you benefit from CFI?

  • You’ll discover your strengths and how to best use them.
  • You’ll be equipped with new tools and resources.
  • You’ll learn techniques to help you balance everyday life with care-giving.
  • You’ll develop stress management and problem-solving skills
  • You’ll be connected with other caregivers

More about Familylinks Caregivers First Initiative:

Familylinks Caregivers First Initiative (CFI) is a free program that uses an evidence-based approach to support caregivers who are looking after older adults. After an initial screening, a Care Coach will meet with you 12 times in a 6 month period, either at home or over the phone, to provide emotional support, skills training, stress management, and education.


Interested in learning more? Contact Familylinks CFI at 412-924-0400.

Ready to apply for help? Fill out a referral form and return it via fax (412-244-3200), email (rsapienza@familylinks.org), or mail (Caregiver First Initiative Program, Familylinks, 1500 Adrmore Boulevard, Suite 501, Forest Hills, PA 15221).

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National Family Caregiver Month

National Family Caregiver Month

National Family Caregiver Month is a time to recognize and appreciate all that these unpaid and unsung heroes accomplish. A family caregiver sacrifices their time and personal life to help care for a sick, disabled, or frail loved one. Nearly two in five American adults currently act as family caregivers, but that number is on the rise as debilitating conditions like Alzheimer’s are increasing.

It’s important to realize the burden on a caregiver’s shoulders. 23 percent of family caregivers state that their own personal health is fair or poor after caring for loved ones for five years or more. Additionally, stress has been shown to impact a caregiver’s immune system for up to three years after caring for someone with dementia. Caregiving even affects the workplace, costing American businesses as much as $34 billion each year due to employees acting as caregivers.

A family caregiver must constantly be on edge, ready to assist and take care of their family members with a moment’s notice. They deal with medical issues, personal assistance, household chores, doctor’s appointments and even simply providing companionship to prevent depression and sadness. While not all caregivers live in with their loved one, most live within twenty minutes.

These facts are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more layers to the life of a caregiver. Take our quiz to learn a little more about what it means to be a family caregiver. Then, share it with your friends and family to show your support for National Family Caregiver Month!

National Family Caregiver Month

Caregivers are an important and often unrecognized part of helping elderly adults live a comfortable life. Learn more and spread awareness by taking this quiz.

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