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3 Respite Programs so You Can Take a Break

WomanRelaxingIf you’re a caregiver, you need some time for yourself. Away from the juggling of your family’s needs, medical appointments, and responsibilities of work.  You need respite care.

Respite care is substitute care given to your loved one so you can take a break and get some relief from the burden of care giving.

It can be for an hour, a day, a weekend, on a regular basis or just one time.

As elder law attorneys we see first hand the desperate situation many of our caregivers are in. We’re so concerned about it that we recently launched an initiative to improve the availability of respite programs.

Studies have shown that caregivers are at increased risk of depression and other health problems. By taking care of yourself, with adequate sleep, nutritious meals and exercise, you will increase your energy, your well-being, your morale, and your ability to provide that care. Reaching out for help from a respite program can be just what you need.

To help you pay for taking a break, there are 3 respite care programs available in Connecticut (see below). They each cover services such as adult day care, home health aide, homemaker/companion, skilled nursing care or short-term nursing home care.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BENEFIT
CT Alzheimer’s Association Chapter Respite Fund Any age/no income
or asset limits
Up to $500/family per year(Reimbursement
will be made to the
service provider)
AREA AGENCIES ON AGING*:
The CT Statewide Respite Care Program Any age/income
less than $45,620/
assets $121,283
or less
Up to $7500/family per year (20% co-payment of the cost of the service required, but may be waived based on financial hardship)
The National Family Caregiver Support Programs Age 60+, no income/asset limits Up to $7500 annually (but more likely a grant of $2,500-$3,500) – donations expected
*2 programs, one application

 

As long as your loved one is not receiving benefits from any Medicaid programs, and you get a doctor’s statement declaring your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, you can apply to one or more of these programs.

So make a plan – for a day at the spa, a lunch out with a friend, even a vacation. You know you deserve it!

 

Related Audio Clip:

Caregivers Can Get Paid (WTIC AM Radio Interview)

 

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