Programs & Services
The Caregiver Respite Program
The Caregiver Respite Program (formerly known as Partners in Caring) helps to fund respite care for people who are taking care of family members or friends with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia*. Caregivers need a break and we’re here to help!
How it Works
A licensed social worker helps to establish and implement a plan for respite care. Respite care may be provided by a family member, friend, neighbor, adult day program, or home care agency. Funds allocated by the Maine Office of Elder and Adult Services, and managed by the five regional Agencies on Aging, are used to reimburse the family for a portion of the cost of respite care.*
Benefits of The Caregiver Respite Program
- Reimbursements for ongoing respite care. Caregivers eligible for The Caregiver Respite Program may submit up to $3800 in respite expenses per fiscal year for an 80% reimbursement, depending on availability of funding. Typically this provides for a few hours of care each week. See below for waiver of 20% co-payment.
- Annual overnight respite care. Your designated Caregiver Respite Program funds may be applied to the cost of short term overnight care in a residential facility or in the home. A daily cost cap does apply.
- Reimbursements for home modifications. The Caregiver Respite Program reimburses up to 80% of the cost of home modifications needed to promote the safety and independence for the person with dementia. Caregivers can use up to a lifetime maximum of $2000 of their allotted respite funds* towards home modifications needed to promote the safety and independence of the person with dementia. The same co-pay guidelines are applied. See below for waiver of co-payment.
- Waiver of co-payments. Families with extremely limited income and assets may apply for a waiver for all or part of the 20% co-payment, as mentioned above.
- Emotional support. Caregiver Respite Program staff provide emotional support to caregivers.
- Resources and information. The Caregiver Respite Program and the Family Caregiver Support Program provide resources to help caregivers access the information needed to assist them in caring for their person with dementia, and for themselves.
The eligibility requirements for reimbursement under the Caregiver Respite Program program are:
- A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, confirmed in writing by a physician.
- Liquid assets of $50,000 or less ($75,000 for a couple) for the person with dementia. Home, land and vehicles are not counted as liquid assets. Likewise, assets of other family members (except spouse) are not counted.
- Persons receiving assistance from any other state-funded program such as Home Based Care or Community Support Funds and persons eligible for MaineCare Long Term Care programs are not eligible for Caregiver Respite Program funds.
- Please note there may be a wait list for services.
*All services are contingent upon the availability of funding.