Spectrum Generations announces the Caregiver Respite Program has funds available. Although there are many rewards in caring for a friend or family member with dementia, family caregivers can become stressed and exhausted over time. Respite, the opportunity to take a break, is vital to caregiver well-being.
The Caregiver Respite Program supports family caregivers by helping to cover the cost for someone else to provide care for the person with dementia. This may take place in the home, at an adult day-care program, or overnight in a facility (on a limited basis). The care may be provided by a family member, friend, or neighbor, someone from a homecare agency or an adult day program. The respite program allows caregivers the opportunity to take some time for themselves to re-energize, do something for fun, or get necessary errands done.
The Caregiver Respite Program can reimburse up to $3,040 a year (which is 80% of a total annual cap of $3800) of what it costs to have someone come into the home a few hours a week, or several hours of adult day care per week. It can also help with the cost of up to two full weeks of overnight continual care in an assisted living or nursing facility. Furthermore, up to $2,000 (lifetime) can be used to help cover the cost of home modifications needed to promote independent living.
In order to qualify for the Caregiver Respite Program, there must be a written diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or related memory disorder from a physician, liquid assets cannot exceed $50,000 for one person or $75,000 for a couple, and there must not be any assistance from any other state subsidized programs.
For more information, or to apply, contact the Family Caregiver Program at Spectrum Generations at 1-800-639-1553.
Unique partnership between Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education and Bridges Home Services seeks to attract caregivers
The Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education, 1 Main Street, Rockland, is offering a tuition assistance program for their Personal Support Specialist course, beginning January 23. There are three exceptional advantages in partnering with Bridges Home Services, a registered Personal Support Services agency. Bridges Home Services is seeking licensed caregivers to fill positions in Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties, students will be able to take the course free of charge, and students can easily be able to transition from the classroom to the workplace.
The 50-hour course offered by Mid-Coast School of Technology will be held Mondays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and run for six weeks. The Personal Support Specialist (PSS) program is approved by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and successful completion of the course gives graduates state certification to work in home care programs and assisted living facilities. The course also provides worthwhile information for family members assisting a loved one at home.
The course covers topics such as: how to provide personal care and respond to emergency situations; communication skills; reporting and documentation; and issues of consumer rights while aging.
Call the Mid-Coast School of Technology 207.596.7752 x3 for more information or to request an application. The deadline to apply is January 5.