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Reaching Family Caregivers Where They Are with the Support They Need

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AARP and the South Dakota 211 Helpline Center are testing a new service that provides family caregivers with regular phone or text support from trained, local 211 Helpline Center staff.

Eligible family caregivers are encouraged to sign up!

Participants will receive 12 calls from staff throughout the six month program. The calls provide emotional support, and offer a confidential space to talk about the highs and lows of caregiving. Staff check in on how the caregiver and the loved one are doing, and discuss available resources.

AARP South Dakota is one of only six pilot locations across the country that has been selected to participate in this partnership between AARP and United Way Worldwide. They collaboration offers family caregivers support and referrals to local services while also working to reduce burnout and encourage self-care. At the end of the year, the program will be evaluated for continuation and expansion into additional states.

It is free, and any South Dakota resident who cares for an adult, without pay, is eligible. Call 211 to learn more and to enroll in the service, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.