There are many strains and stresses on family caregivers, often compounded by financial challenges. Here are several programs that can help provide relief from the financial burdens of caregiving.
Disabilities and Chronic Conditions
If the person you care for has a disability or chronic condition and is eligible for Medicaid, they may qualify for financial assistance that can be used to purchase the necessary home and community-based services and supports, including payment to the family caregiver or to pay for respite through Medicaid programs that allow for self-directed services. The care recipient must meet income and other eligibility requirements set by the state.
If the person you care for is a veteran, you may be eligible for Veteran Directed Home and Community-Based Services, Veterans Pensions, and/or the Aid and Attendance Benefit. These programs/services help provide financial support. If the person you are caring for is a 9/11 Veteran, you may be eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Not only do these programs/services provide respite, mental health services, travel expenses, and access to health care insurance for family caregivers, the programs also offer caregiver stipends.
If caring for a loved one with dementia disorder, you may qualify for in-home services and/or adult day program services through the CT Statewide Respite Program. This program provides caregivers with services and helps with developing a care plan for an individual with Alzheimer’s Disease or other Dementia disorders.
If the person you are caring for does not have a Dementia disorder and you need assistance paying for services, you may qualify for the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
If you are a grandparent, or other kin and have primary responsibility for raising a child in your family, you may be entitled to respite services and in some limited situations for financial assistance in child-related situations, such as back to school expenses.
We thank the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut for sharing this information. For any of these programs, you can reach out to them at 203-785-8533 and ask for the ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center).
For more information on all aspects of caregiver support services, visit our Caregiver Support Resource Center.