Senior Community Outreach Services, Inc.

Caregiver Training

Family Caregiver Education and Training Program (FCETP)


The mission of the FCETP is to empower Family caregivers through education, training, advocacy and support; to learn and explore alternative ways of coping with their individual needs of caregiving and maintain stability and quality of life while caring for a family member.


The Purpose of the Family Caregiver Education and Training Program is to provide and facilitate Caregivers opportunities for education and training. Opportunities to learn of available eldercare options and community support services, and at the same time learn and develop caregiving skills by taking advantage of the training provided by the Family Caregiver Training Staff.

The National Family Caregiver Support Program was established by the Administration on Aging in November 2000 and funded was released by 2001. In October of 2002 Senior Community Outreach Services signed a contract with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Area Agency on Aging to provide and facilitate Caregivers opportunities for education and training; provide opportunities to learn of available eldercare options and community support services; and attend and participate in caregiver support groups and learn what other caregivers have to say about their experience; and develop caregiving skills by participation in program activities.

Who is a Caregiver

Simply put, family care giving is the act of assisting someone you care about who is chronically ill or disabled and who is no longer able to care for themselves. Family care giving is the bedrock upon which this country’s healthcare system depends. The services provided by family caregivers represent 80% of all home care services and are conservatively valued at $375 billion a year.

Rosalyn Carter said it best: “There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers”. Caregivers are needed for family members of all ages. With appropriate information and support, family caregivers can help their loved ones across the lifespan.

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.

Caregiving in the United States

National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

Family caregivers provide an invaluable resource to their loved ones as well as to America. Their courage, compassion, and dedication to family members and friends allow the elderly and persons with disabilities to remain in a loving environment, often at great sacrifice- such as, economic, physical and mental to the caregiver. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.

The Senior Community Outreach Services is please that we are now able to assist caregivers and provide them with resources that will empower caregivers make decisions about their care giving role and strengthen their ability to continue their support to their family member.

The Program will have three Life Management Specialist ready to assist and train caregivers so they can provide quality care to their family members and become the vehicle in the behavioral changes of their family unite and at the same time be empowered in making informed and sound decisions in their health care needs.

Family Caregiver Education and Training Program in partnership with the LRGVDC Area Agency on Aging will provide the following Services:

  • provide information to Caregivers about available services.
  • provide Assistance to Caregivers in gaining access to supportive services
  • provide counseling, facilitate support groups, and training to caregivers to assist them in making decisions and solving problems relating to their care giving roles.
  • provide respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their care giving responsibilities Caregiver Client

“I think the program is wonderful. I don’t know what I would do or have done without the help of Senior Community Outreach Services. I hate to admit but caring for my mother was beginning to affect my work my family and my health. I found her needing more and more of me. Thanks to the angels above and the Program I have learn about other support services and how to access them. I have learn solve many problems I was having with my mother day to day care. Having a program specialist readily available has help me tremendously get me through my decision making. Having respite care several time a week had made it easier for me to continue caring for my mother at home. Having peace of mind knowing that someone is with my mom while I am not there is priceless.”

Marie Elizabeth Ramos, Caregiver
San Benito
If you are Caregiver and need help with the demands in caring for a family member and you want to talk to someone for:

  • information about available services
  • assistance in gaining access to support services
  • individual counseling
  • assistance in making decisions and solving problems relating to caregiving
  • respite care service to enable to be temporarily relieved for caregiving responsibilities

For More Information
Hidalgo County
(956) 787-9524
(956) 702-2717

Cameron County
(956) 541-5868
(956) 541-4705