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.

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, here 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 $47,647/liquid
assets $126,674
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 Specific populations including
age 60+, or with Alzheimer’s or related disorder
Contact the Area Agency on Aging in your area or call 1-800-994-9422 (in CT)
*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!

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