NEED SOME HELP? WE’LL DETERMINE THE RESPITE CARE PROGRAM THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
The program selected for you will depend on your meeting the eligibility requirements for the program and the types of services requested. NCAAA Care Management Staff will help to identify the program best suited to your needs. In general, having the following information available will be most helpful to us in serving you:
- Are you caring for an individual who has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, any other related dementia, or an irreversible condition causing cognitive impairment?
- Is the person you are caring for over or under the age of 60?
- Is the person you are caring for in need of assistance with at least 2 Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, eating, or feeding him/herself?
- Please have basic financial information available as well. Monthly income and liquid assets will be most helpful.
CT NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
The CT National Family Caregiver Support Program (CT NFCSP), enacted by the year 2000 Amendments to the Older Americans Act, provides a broad-based program to assist caregivers in our region to maintain their family members at home. To reach its goal of maximizing caregiver independence and autonomy, the program offers a variety of services that address family caregivers’ most common un-met needs: Information, Assistance, Counseling, Caregiver Training, Respite Care, and Support for Grandparents raising their grandchildren.
In addition to these components, the CT NFCSP provides for “Supplemental Services”. Supplemental Services a.k.a. “Gap Filling Services” are items and/or services for which there are no other reimbursement opportunities such as but not limited to dentures, hearing aids, lift chairs, etc. Studies indicate that these and other un-reimbursed expenses for family caregivers total an estimated $1.5 billion annually. With the help of Supplemental Services, NCAAA seeks to defray this cost of caring.
CONNECTICUT STATEWIDE RESPITE CARE PROGRAM
The Statewide Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program, one of the few wholly state-funded programs offered at the North Central Area Agency on Aging, provides short-term respite care services for families worn down by the 24/7 needs of family members with cognitive impairment. Studies indicate that people with moderate dementia have been able to delay needing institutional care by nearly a year when their family members receive caregiver support services such as counseling, information, and community-based services due to a statistically significant reduction in caregiver stress.