Grants

Family Caregiver Support Grant

Alzheimer’s Arkansas is pleased to provide you with information about the 2016-2017 Family Caregiver Support Program grant.  Funding for this program is provided by the Older Americans Act, National Family Caregiver Support Program Title IIIE Funds.  These funds were awarded to CareLink (the Central Arkansas Area Agency on Aging) for distribution throughout the six counties in their service area (Pulaski, Saline, Monroe, Prairie, Lonoke or Faulkner).  CareLink selected Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services to administer the program.  This grant is for Respite Care Only and is for $500.00 per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for the purpose of providing the caregiver a break from the care of a patient who has been diagnosed with ANY chronic illness, not just Alzheimer’s disease.

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, may apply for this grant.

In order to quality for this grant the following guidelines must apply:

  • 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 application.
  • 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.
  • A physician’s diagnosis and signature is required.

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 assisted living.

Respite Care, 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, housekeeping services, sitter services, and personal care.
  • Residential Care Facilities: Some RCFs, depending upon space available, may be able to 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 download the application and the service log in PDF format at these links:

Respite Log (PDF Format)

2016-2017 Family Caregiver Support Program Grant (PDF Format)

Family Assistance Program Grant

Alzheimer’s Arkansas is pleased to provide you with information about the 2016-2017 Family Assistance Program grant.  Funding for this program is provided by annual fundraising projects hosted by the Alzheimer’s Arkansas Advocates for Care Membership.  The grant is limited to the amount of funds available from these events.  The recipient of this grant MUST have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia’s and reside in Arkansas.  The grant may be used to pay for respite care services (in-home, adult day care, and/or facility care), home care supplies, home modifications, legal services or mental health counseling.  This grant may NOT be used for such things as: medication, utility bills and general household repairs.

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, 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, housekeeping services, sitter services, and personal care.
  • Residential Care Facilities: Some RCFs, depending upon space available, will admit an individual for temporary care.

Legal Services include assistance from an attorney who specializes in elder law such as trusts, guardianship, 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 his/her physician.

For more information and to apply for this program, please contact our office (501) 224-0021 or (800) 689-6090. You can also download the application and the service log in PDF format at these links:

Respite Log (PDF Format)

2016-2017 Family Assistance Program Grant (PDF Format)


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