CareLink Caregiver Support Grant
Through Federal Title III funds, CareLink (the Central Arkansas Area Agency on Aging) has chosen our organization to distribute grants throughout the six counties in their service area:
Respite care is for providing the caregiver a break and this $500 grant is for respite care only. It can be awarded to one care recipient (patient) twice per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), but families must wait 6 months before requesting a second grant. Additionally, this grant is available for anyone over the age of 60 with a diagnosis of ANY chronic illness that requires are caregiver or be any age with a dementia diagnosis.
CareLink Grant Details
The care recipient (patient) must
• Be 60 years of age or older or, if below 60 years of age, have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or any forms of dementia
• Live in the Pulaski, Saline, Monroe, Prairie, Lonoke or Faulkner county
• Have a diagnosis of any chronic illness that requires a caregiver
• Not receive like-services funded by other sources (including, but not limited to: private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, ARChoices, Independent Choices, Supplemental Security Income or Hospice)
All fields on the application must be completed, signed and include the doctor’s certification on the professional’s stationary or prescription pad or it will be denied and returned delaying approval. It can take up to 10 business days to process the application.
The grant will not be effective until after you receive an approval letter from Alzheimer’s Arkansas – no services will be paid prior to the approval date. After the grant is approved, you will have 3 months or until June 15 (whichever comes first) to use the funds.
This grant does not pay the caregiver to take care of the care recipient (patient). The caregiver must hire a care provider, an individual over 18 years old and does not live with the patient or an agency that will provide the care or services for the patient. The date of service cannot be before your approval date, located on your approval letter.
A Respite Service Log is mailed along with the approval letter to use if you hire an individual. Use the log to record the date, number of hours and the hourly rate that is agreed upon by the caregiver and care provider. Please complete a separate service log for each care provider. All information must be filled out and signed by the caregiver and care provider and include a copy of the care provider’s driver’s license or state-issued ID. If you hire an agency, they can submit an invoice for payment. Make sure the “Make Check Payable To” has the information on who is to receive payment, whether the caregiver is being reimbursed or the care provider is being paid directly.
For questions, please call 501-224-0021 or email [email protected]. Applications and surveys are available to download or complete online at alzARK.org/grants/ as well.
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 and Faulkner) and are administered by Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services.
Alzheimer’s Arkansas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.