$500 Respite Grant Funds Available for Caregivers - KOAM TV 7

$500 Respite Grant Funds Available for Caregivers



(SPRINGFIELD, MO) Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia is a full-time responsibility, and respite reimbursement funds provided by the Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter allow those caregivers the opportunity to take a well-deserved break.

Earlier this year, the Missouri legislature appropriated funds to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) for the Alzheimer's Service Project. Following a competitive grant process, DHSS awarded the contract for the caregiver respite reimbursement program to the three Alzheimer's Association chapters located in Missouri - Heart of America (Kansas City), Greater Missouri (Springfield/Columbia) and St. Louis. Each chapter will administer the grants within their chapter territories.

Funds may be used to hire a substitute in-home care provider to allow the family caregiver personal time away for himself or herself. That time may be spent shopping, playing cards with friends, attending to one's own healthcare needs, enjoying time alone or whatever best serves the caregiver. Funds may also be used to pay for dementia-specific medications and/or safety products.

The five hundred dollar ($500.00) grants are available through April 2014. Families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia are encouraged to call the Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter at 417.886.2199 or 800-272-3900 for more information.

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The Greater Missouri Chapter serves 58 counties in northeast, central and southwest Missouri with offices in Springfield and Columbia. For more information, please call 417.886.2199 or visit www.alz.org/greatermissouri.

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