Alzheimer's Respite Program

The Alzheimer’s Respite Program provides the opportunity for family caregivers to refresh and regenerate their energies through respite care. Participants in the Alzheimer’s Respite Program have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or related memory disorders.

This program assists the caregiver by helping them pay for someone to come into their home and stay with their loved one while the caregiver is able to get time for him or herself. The person, who would provide the respite care for your loved one, may be a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone from a home health agency or day program of your choice. This program enables the caregiver the opportunity to take some time for themselves, or just take some time off to do what they would like or need to do.

The program can:

  • Reimburse up to a total of $3,040 (which is 80% of a total annual cap of $3,800).
  • Reimburse 80% of what it costs to have someone come into the home a few hours per week, or several hours of adult day care per week.
  • Help with the cost of up to two full weeks of overnight continual care in an assisted living or nursing facility.
  • Allow a caregiver to apply for a waiver of all or part of co-pay depending on income and assets.
  • Help to pay for home modifications needed to promote independent living (up to $2,000 lifetime).

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Having a written diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or related memory disorder from primary care provider.
  • Care recipients liquid assets (bank accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, IRA, etc.) not to exceed $50,000 for one person, or $75,000 for two. (home, land, or vehicles are not to be included as liquid asset.)
  • Not receiving assistance from any other state subsidized programs (Home Based Care, Adult Day Care funding, etc.).
  • These services will continue only as long as funds are available.


For more information, please call the Family Caregiver Support Program at 1-800-639-1553   

TTY: 1-800-464-8703