The Caregiver Support Program provides funds for respite services for those caring for a loved one or family member who is 60 or older and who has difficulties performing at least two activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, or transferring) or who needs supervision due to a cognitive or other mental impairment. It also provides respite for grandparents and older persons who are relative caregivers of a child who is 18 years of age or younger. Grandparent or older person who is a relative caregiver means a grandparent or step-grandparent of a child, or a relative of a child by blood, marriage, or adoption who is 55 years of age or older.
Eligible caregivers may receive payment vouchers to hire someone to stay with their loved one so that they can take a break from their caregiving duties. Caregivers can hire the person of their choosing as long as the person is over 18 and does not live in the same household as the caregiver or care receiver.
Kelsey Short, Caregiver Specialist