Assistance Programs / Respite
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Caregiver Support Specialist at 608-758-8455.
National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)
The Wisconsin National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) offers information, support, and resources to assist family caregivers (spouse, adult child, other relative, friend or neighbor) with their concerns related to caregiving. Located in every county and tribe in Wisconsin, the NFCSP helps caregivers find solutions to their caregiving dilemmas. Whether arranging for services, e.g. respite care, transportation, etc., or helping families understand their options for care, the Family Caregiver Support Program gives caregivers access to the information and services that can help them in the often rewarding, sometimes challenging, role of caregiver.
It offers the following for family caregivers:
- Information about available services
- Assistance in gaining access to services
- Individual counseling, support groups and training
- Respite care to help caregivers take a break from providing care, and
- Supplemental services
Who is eligible for the program?
The NFCSP provides help to those who care for
- persons age 60 and older, or
- persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders regardless of age
The program also assists grandparents or relative caregivers 55 years of age and older who
- care for children under age 19, or
- care for a relative with a disability who is 19 to 59 years of age
Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP)
Alzheimer’s attacks the memory and ability to think and reason. Families struggle emotionally, physically and financially to provide care. Approximately 70% of those with the disease are cared for in their home.
Rock County residents with Alzheimer’s and their families may be eligible for the AFCSP.
What is the Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP)?
The program was created to help families manage the stress and needs of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other irreversible dementia. It makes an array of community services available in hopes of enhancing lives and keeping people in their homes as long as possible.
Who is eligible for the Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP)?
The person MUST have written confirmation by a physician of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or any other irreversible dementia.
There is no asset limit for the program, but there is an income test. A single person or couple may have an annual income of $48,000 or less. If the income is above $48,000, the cost related to Alzheimer’s may be subtracted from the gross income. If these costs bring the income below $48,000 the person would be eligible.
Services offered by AFCSP
In Rock County, up to $2000 per year is made available to each participant in the program. Participants may receive a variety of services offered through various providers throughout the county. No cash grants are given.
Examples of Available Services
Respite care, Home care services (personal care, meal prep, medication management, homemaker services, yard work, etc.), Emergency response system, Transportation expenses, Incontinence supplies, Home safety modifications, Medications for dementia, Home-delivered meals, Specialized clothing, Activity or hobby supplies, Other needed services to help .