There are over 55 million people around the country who are family caregivers caring for a loved one with a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. Although family caregiving can be a rewarding experience, it can also be physically and emotionally demanding particularly for older caregivers.
Respite care provides a break, or a time of caregiver relief, from the constant physical and emotional stress of caring for a person with a chronic illness. The task of caring for a person with a chronic illness can be overwhelming. Family caregivers often develop stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, or ulcers. An occasional break allows an exhausted caregiver to regroup, both physically and emotionally, and to find the strength to carry on.
The following programs have been designed to assist caregivers by providing some services and support to caregivers to provide them with a break (respite) from their caregiving role. Click on the links below for program descriptions and eligibility guidelines:
Provides up to $3,500 in services to caregivers caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia. This program can pay for in-home help, adult day care, meals on wheels, in-patient respite to allow the caregiver to take a needed vacation and other services.
Provides up to $3,500 to caregivers caring for a loved one over the age of 60. This program also can pay for in-home help such as a home health aide, companion and homemakers as well as adult day care, in-patient respite, emergency response systems and home-delivered meals.