Alzheimer's Arkansas Programs and Services, was awarded funds
from the Older Americans Act, National Family Caregiver Support
Program Title IIIE. This funding is part of a multi-faceted grant
originally awarded to CareLink (the Central Arkansas Area Agency on
Aging). CareLink passed the In-Home or Institutional Respite
Services portion of their grant to Alzheimer's Arkansas for
distribution throughout CareLink's 6 county area.
THIS GRANT IS NOT JUST FOR CAREGIVERS OF PERSONS WITH ALZHEIMER'S
DISEASE. A CAREGIVER OF A LOVED ONE WITH ANY CHRONIC ILLNESS WHO
MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS CAN APPLY FOR THIS GRANT.
In order to quality for this grant the following guidelines
Patient must be 60 years of age or older.
Patient must live in Pulaski, Saline, Prairie, Lonoke, Faulkner,
or Monroe County.
The patient must not receive the same type of services funded by
other sources including private insurance, Medicaid, Hospice, ElderChoices, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicare.
Respite services must be received after approval of the
The patient must have a documented need for caregiver services
(not limited to a dementia diagnosis).
The amount of financial assistance that is given to one family
is $500.00 per fiscal year.
This grant can ONLY be used for Respite Care, which is defined as
a short-term break for the caregiver. Respite care may be provided
in the home, adult day care center or an overnight stay on an
intermittent, occasional or emergency basis in a nursing home or
Respite Care, which offers a break for the caregiver and a change
of environment for the person with dementia. Respite care can be
provided through adult day care, in-home care, or a residential care
facility (assisted living or nursing home).
Adult Day Care offers a day program usually Monday through Friday
and occasionally on Saturdays. There are two types of adult day
care providers. The first is a health model where a registered
nurse and/or certified nurse assistants deliver the services. The
social model offers services similar to a senior center but with a
more structured program of activities. Both models usually offer
noon meals and snacks.
Home Care services are provided directly in the home and may
include home delivered meals, house-keeping services, sitter
services, and personal care.
Residential Care Facilities, some RCFs, depending upon space
available, will admit an individual for temporary care.
For more information and to apply for this program, please
contact our office (501) 224-0021 or (800) 689-6090. You can also
the application or
download a blank respite
service log (PDF).