Respite Care and Respite Grants for Caregivers of Elderly

by Alex Hales
Respite Care and Respite Grants

Millions of caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia provide unpaid care to their loved ones to help them remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. During the caregiving period, they often become overwhelmed and stressed due to physical, emotional, and financial challenges they encounter. Therefore, they must take a break from the routine and relax or attend to other responsibilities. That is where respite care enters the scenario.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care gives family caregivers a needed break while ensuring their loved one receives the attention and care they need. Since respite needs can range from a few hours to many weeks, different respite care services are available, including standard home-based care, adult day care, skilled nursing, home health, and short-term institutional care.

One of the types is the informal or volunteer respite care in which other family members, neighbors, friends, or church volunteers can offer their assistance to caregivers in their absence. A local religious organization or Area Agency on Aging (AAA) may even organize a formal “friendly visitor program” in which volunteers may also be able to give fundamental respite care. Many communities have created interfaith caregiver or faith-in-action programs, in which volunteers from faith-based communities are linked with caregivers to provide help.

The cost of respite care varies depending on the kind of agency and the services required, although federal and state programs may assist in covering the costs. Some long-term care insurance policies may cover the cost of respite care. Depending on your situation and where you reside, your local AAA will have further information about whether financial aid is available.

Caregiver Respite Grants

Caregiver respite grants help the caregivers of elderly loved ones take a much-needed break. These programs enable caregivers to plan short-term stays for their loved ones at elder care facilities and get added in-home care and overnight respite. Moreover, they allow the caregiver to attend to their own responsibilities without overlooking their loved one’s needs.

Caregiver respite grants financed by public and private sources are available countrywide through diverse programs. Many of these programs specialize in caring for elders with specific conditions or requirements. Some of the renowned programs and resources that offer respite grants include:

  1.     Respite Care from National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)
  2.     The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
  3.     Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Family Respite Care Grant
  4.     The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) Day Programs and Respite

The Recent Bills to Support Family Caregivers and Respite Grants

As the population is aging, more family caregivers are sacrificing their time and income to care for their loved ones. In the wake of such a situation, the government is taking critical steps to support the caregivers.

In March 2022, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to increase the funding, training, and support to help family caregivers. The measure would increase financing for AAA and improve assistance for caregivers by providing money, skill training, resources and information, respite care, counseling, and other services. The bill will increase the funding of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) to $244.8 million by 2024.

In April 2022, a bill that cleared the Senate in February got a unanimous “ought to pass” recommendation from the House Health Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee and headed to the full House. The Hampshire state would receive over $300,000 in grant money for respite grants for Alzheimer’s caregivers. The bill would extend the respite grant program to the caregivers that provide care to those who do not have Alzheimer’s or dementia but show similar symptoms.

Wrapping Up!

Taking care of yourself is a vital element of caregiving to avoid caregiver burnout. Finding caregiver respite grants and programs that meet your and your loved one’s requirements may take some time, but it will help you retain your balance in the long term. If someone you know is caring for an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s or any other disease, assist them by researching respite care and respite grants so they may obtain the breaks they need to care for themselves and their family.

Why Should You Donate to the Alzheimer’s Research Association?

Alzheimer’s Research Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We provide the latest information and news about the illness and helpful tips to help caregivers cope with their daily caregiving challenges. We realize the most important thing that a caregiver needs is financial assistance. Therefore, we provide grants to caregivers to ease their financial burden. Caregivers can apply for grants here: https://www.alzra.org/grant-applications/.

You can also help caregivers in their endeavor by donating as much as possible: https://www.alzra.org/donate-now/#donate.

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