Catholic Social Service

Enkatgao Project

The Enkatgao Project is one of our newly funded grant programs for the unpaid caregivers of individuals undergoing cancer treatment or who are terminally ill.  Enkatgao will assist up to forty unpaid family caregivers by providing limited in-home respite services for the patient, selfcare help, stress relief activities, and monthly training sessions for the caregiver.  “Enkatgao” is the Chamorro word for caretaker or custodian. Caregiving is stressful and emotional, especially for family members caring for individuals with chronic or terminal illness.  The stress for caregivers can be devastating and lead to fatigue and risk physical abuse or neglect of the ill family member.  It may result in the caregiver neglecting their own health as they focus on care of their family member. 

Primary objectives

  • To provide up to 16 hours of in-home respite care (supervision and personal care) per week to allow caregivers time for their own self-care.
  • To provide monthly training on various caregiving topics such as personal grooming, hygiene, injury prevention techniques, and legal issues.
  • To provide self-care and stress-relief activities

Referrals are being accepted at the CSS Main Office in Barrigada Heights. Intake and assessments will be conducted to ensure eligibility and to establish a service plan.  Referrals may be faxed to 635-1444 ATTN: Enkatgao Project or via email at

Respite Care

Respite services for caregivers of adults with disabilities or individuals with terminal illness. ​

Respite Care Services provides relief, or respite, to a non-paid caregiver of a child or adult with a chronic disability or terminal illness. Respite Care Services provides personal care attendant services to individuals with disabilities.

The program provides temporary, non-medical care in the home, including companion care and direct, hands-on personal care. The goal is to provide relief to the caregiver so they can take time for themselves and alleviate stress from care giving.

Respite Care Service also provides personal care attendant services to individuals with disabilities to encourage independent living for as long a possible.

Individuals are provided with sixteen (16) hours of services each month. A qualified individual will be referred for either respite service or personal care attendant service, but not both

Who we serve

Eligibility for respite care services is determined by the Department of Integrated Services for Individual with Disabilities (DISID). DISID conducts an initial assessment of each potential consumer to establish eligibility and service needs, including actual need for respite care. If DISID determines a consumer eligible, and respite care is one of the services approved, DISID will refer the family for coordinating and implementing the service.

Services provided

  • Meal Preparation and Dining: Nutritious meals will be prepared that meets the dietary needs of the individual, following proper methods and techniques of food handling and sanitation.
  • Personal Care Services: Includes bathing, grooming, feeding and other personal hygiene services.
  • Light Housekeeping: Housekeeping chores include changing bedding, light cleaning of consumers room to ensure a safe and comfortable environment, throwing away trash, mopping, sweeping, dusting, vacuuming and dishwashing.
  • Laundry: Washing consumers clothes.
  • Shopping/Errands/Escorting: Nursing Assistants may perform this activity only when a family member is not available.​.

For more information, call (671) 635-1418 or email