Caring for an aging family member or a spouse with dementia can be stressful. CVCOA offers two respite grants to help unpaid family caregivers get a much-needed break. The intent of the grants is to support the health and well-being of the caregiver and to delay or prevent nursing home placement of the care recipient.
The grants can be used to pay for adult day services, to hire a respite care provider, or to hire help for personal care or homemaker tasks.
For both grants, the care recipient must live at home within the CVCOA service area and may not be participating in the Choices for Care Long-Term Medicaid program, Veterans Independence Program or the Attendant Services Program.
Family Caregiver Respite Grant - provides funds up to $500 to unpaid family caregivers of persons 60+ who need help with at least two activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing or personal care.
Dementia Respite Care Grant - provides funds up to $1000 to unpaid family caregivers of persons of any age with irreversible dementia. The care recipient must have a physician’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related progressive dementia, and have an annual income of no more than $34,470 (individual) or $45,390 (couple).
2014 Dementia Respite Care Grant eligibility guidelines
For more information about eligibility and to apply, contact the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 or firstname.lastname@example.org