Funds reimbursed to caregivers for costs incurred to employ a sitter while caregivers get a few hours of respite.
Must be enrolled in the program and funding is limited to $600 in a 12 month period. There may be a waiting period based on current funding availability.
This program was funded by a grant provided by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).
- The care recipient must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The individual’s physician or health care provider must confirm this in writing. A letter from the physician on his/her stationary, prescription pad, or a copy of a completed and signed 90L form or medical assessment form may provide this confirmation.
- The dementia patient must reside in either his or her own home or apartment or that of a friend or relative who is serving as the primary caregiver. Those residing in long term care or assisted living facilities, or group homes will not be eligible.
- The sitter or home health aide may not be a relative or someone who is residing in the home with the recipient/patient.
- The recipient/patient must reside in the ten-parish service area of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area. This area includes the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, and St. Helena.
Caregivers must meet the criteria provided above as well as complete an application process and be pre-approved prior to service use. The application process may be completed in the caregiver’s home if he/she is unable to leave the person with dementia. The application process includes completion of the Caregiver Burden Interview and review and signing of the program guidelines. The primary caregiver is responsible for selecting the sitter, home health aide, or adult day program. Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is not responsible for the quality or provision of care but will provide caregivers with information and referral assistance.