Caregiver Training and Relief Program
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The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program (CCTRP) is available with grant funds from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to address Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia. DHSS is partnering with Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter, Memory Care Home Solutions (MCHS), and the Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) to deliver the program to Missourians caring for loved ones with dementia.
CCTRP offers caregivers free care consultations, customized in-home care assessments and training, tools to reduce stress, improve communication, make home safety improvements, and reimbursements for qualified respite-related expenses — up to $700 — among other free services. CCTRP helps caregivers provide the best quality of life possible for their loved ones, while reducing emotional and financial burdens.
Memory Care Home Solutions (MCHS)
Caregiver Training Program
Enrollment in the Caregiver Training Program begins with a pre-screening call with a MCHS intake specialist at 314.645.6247. An in-home assessment helps identify unmet needs and develop a customized plan for the caregiver. Training includes materials and resources to assist with daily life, assistive safety devices, and referrals to other support services.
Follow-up calls and visits are made to assess the plan, adjust training, and provide additional resources if necessary. Most caregivers who participate experience positive results. Check out this video to learn more.
Caregiver Relief Program
- Assessment and care coordination
- In-home care
- Adult day care
- Incontinence products
- Safety and supportive programs
- Education programs
- Counseling services
- Nutritional supplements
- Emergency respite
For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
HOW DO I GET ENROLLED?
Eligibility Requirements for Caregiver Relief Program
- Must reside in Missouri and live at home with the primary caregiver.
- Caregivers may enroll in either the Caregiver Training Program or the Caregiver Respite Program.
The CCTRP is a two-track program. Here are two important contacts:
For the Caregiver Training Program (Track 1), call Memory Care Home Solutions at 314.645.6247.
For the Caregiver Relief Program (Track 2), call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, 800.272.3900, to set up a Care Consultation.
Dementia is an umbrella term that consists of any condition marked by the development of multiple cognitive deficits. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease of unknown cause, and it is the most common form of dementia. The disease might begin in late middle age or during old age, and is marked by progressive memory loss, impaired thinking, disorientation, and drastic changes in personality or mood.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 13.8 million people over the age of 65 are projected to have Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2050. As of 2020, 5.8 million people aged 65 and older currently live with dementia and 83% of their caregivers are also family members or friends. Of that 83%, one-third of these caregivers are elderly themselves, and 25% of them care for minors in addition to caring for the person with dementia.
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