Family Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island

Family Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island

Our mission

Our mission is to advocate for and provide resources to meet the needs of caregivers who are providing long-term in-home care for family and friends, including children and youth with special needs, adults with disabilities and the elderly.

We believe in

  • caregivers and their dedication
  • partnerships and collaborations that further advocate for caregivers and their loved ones
  • increasing the range of services and options to families

Are you a caregiver?

  • Do you help someone with meals, errands, or bills?
  • Do you give someone their medicine?
  • Do you help someone bathe or dress?
  • Do you take care of a child with special needs?
  • Do you take care of an older adult with dementia?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a caregiver. Caregivers help all kinds of people. You may help a child, grandchild, spouse, parent, grandparent, relative, friend, neighbor, or someone else. The person may have a disability that affects how their body or mind works, or both. You may help them with a few things or most things, every now and then or every day.

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Alzheimer's & Dementia

Rhode Island is making meaningful efforts to expand its response to the ever-increasing population of families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. A federal award was secured in 2018 by the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging to convene partners such as the Family Caregiver Alliance, in an effort to make the State’s system of home- and community-based services dementia-capable. The Rhode Island Department of Health has received “BOLD” funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address dementia through a public health approach. The Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging and the Rhode Island Department of Health are driving initiatives such as:

  1. Deliver evidence-based programming to support families living with dementia. This includes six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers program offered multiple times a year, as well as a companion three-week training for individuals with dementia who are recently diagnosed. Courses can be found through the Community Health Network: Community Health Network - Health & Wellness Workshops in RI
  2. Recruit and train a wide range of direct care professionals on dementia care best practices. The training content covers a comprehensive set of topics meant for those who provide services in a care setting, emergency response, community supports, healthcare, and many more.
  3. Engage with Rhode Island’s network of primary care and related health practices to improve early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Under this targeted effort, practices will be informed of the full suite of community-based services, and how to refer patients into the State’s POINT support network. Providers can access the HIPAA-compliant referral form at this link.

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This program is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $75,024.00 with 75% percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $25,392.68 amount and 25%percentage funded by non-government source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Roshni Darnal is United Way of Rhode Island’s director of community investments. / Courtesy United Way of Rhode Island.

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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 89% of adults 65 and older take prescription medicine. For seniors who have mobility issues or are unable to leave their homes to go to the pharmacy, using a prescription delivery service is a simple solution.

This resource provides seniors and their caregivers with the top prescription delivery services, information on financial assistance options, and guidance on choosing the best service for their specific needs. Learn more at: www.caring.com/best-prescription-delivery-services/

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United Way Selects Leaders for Executive Director Learning Circle

Laser-focused on its work to support the needs of the state’s nonprofit community… United Way of Rhode Island has kicked off its latest Executive Director Learning Circle. The organization has selected 11 local nonprofit leaders to participate in the yearlong program that focuses on strategic development and increasing their organizations’ capacity to deliver their social impact work.

401Gives Registration Is Open to All Rhode Island Nonprofits

401Gives is returning on Monday, April 1, and United Way of Rhode Island invites all local nonprofits to participate and raise funds to support their mission-driven work. This year’s 401Gives is the fifth anniversary of what is the Ocean State’s largest single fundraiser to benefit and uplift the nonprofit sector.

Rhode Islanders Can Find Help With Medicare Open Enrollment

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Workforce Alliance Kick-Off

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
3 - 4 p.m.
RI State House Library

The Workforce Alliance is a partnership among adult education workforce training providers, business, labor, philanthropic organizations, and community leaders dedicated to ensuring that Rhode Island has a dynamic and comprehensive workforce development system that meets the needs of employers and workers. The Workforce Alliance is kicking off the legislative session to bring attention to adult education and workforce development policy priorities.

Emerging Leaders Welcome Celebration

Thursday, March 14, 2024
6 - 7:30 p.m.
The Guild, Pawtucket

Join us for a night of networking, learning, and a chance to become an Emerging Leader!

Emerging Leaders (EL) provides the avenue for early to mid-career professionals to take action and make the most impact in their communities through volunteer service, networking opportunities, impact-focused professional development, and philanthropy. Join us to take the next step in your career and make change happen in Rhode Island!

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