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Alzheimer's Association offering grant to caregivers

Apr 15, 2014 - From staff reports

The Alzheimer's Association's Respite Care Assistance Program is offering relief to caregivers.

The purpose of the program is to give family caregivers time to get out of the house to run errands, visit friends or simply rest. While the program will end on June 30, grants are still available. While available, the maximum reimbursement amount has been increased to $1,000.

The program is set up so that the primary caregiver can use the services of a home health agency, adult day care program, an independent caregiver (neighbor, friend or family member), or short-term nursing or residential care provided by an assisted living of nursing home to care for their loved one with Alzheimer's disease for a brief period of time.

The benefits of using respite services can be tremendous for a caregiver. It is a good way for them to take time for themselves, giving a temporary rest from caregiving while the person with Alzheimer's continues to receive care in a safe environment.

To qualify for the Alzheimer's Association Respite Care Assistance Program, a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another related form of dementia is required. There are no income requirements to quality for the program. The Respite Care Assistance Program is supported entirely through donations.

To learn more about the program and access application forms, visit www.alz.org/greatplains/in_my_community_helping.asp.

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