The purpose of the Family Assistance Program is to
provide financial assistance to caregivers of persons living with
Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia. The funds are to
be used to purchase supplies and services to aid the caregiver and the
individual and is available statewide. Covered services include:
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
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
Legal Services include assistance from an
attorney who specialized in elder law such as guardianships, durable
power of attorney, and living wills.
Home Care Supplies/Modifications include
products or services that assist with the care of the patient in the
home. This can include purchasing incontinence supplies or Ensure,
or modifications to the home such as installing grab bars in the
bathroom or a wheelchair ramp.
Mental Health Services provide one-on-one
counseling for caregivers who are having difficulties coping with
caregiving or coming to terms with the illness. Service providers
may include psychiatrists, psychologists, or licensed therapists.
In order to be eligible to receive financial
assistance, an applicant must not receive the same services funded by an
insurance policy, Medicaid, ElderChoices, Supplemental Security Income
or Medicare. The patient must also have a dementia diagnosis from
For more information and to apply for this program, please contact
our office (501) 224-0021 or (800) 689-6090.
You can also
download (PDF) the application or
download a blank service log