Caregiver Training and Relief Program
Caregivers Need Support Too
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia can be stressful, as well as emotionally and physically challenging.
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.
The CCTR Program supports caregivers in rural Missouri communities through outreach, free care consultations, education, and training. Through individualized in-home care assessments and training, tools designed to reduce stress, improve communication, make home safety improvements, and provide reimbursement for qualified care-related expenses — up to $700 — the CCTRP helps caregivers provide the best quality of life possible for their loved ones, while reducing emotional and at least some financial burdens.
CCTRP is a FREE program, offered by Department of Human and Senior Services, in partnership with the Missouri Rural Health Association, Alzheimer’s Association and Memory Care Home Solutions. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia must reside in Missouri and live at home with the primary caregiver. Persons residing in long-term care communities are ineligible.
CCTRP is a two-track program. Select the best program for you:
Track 1 Program – Caregiver Training
Our trained and certified staff make a free confidential in-home assessment, provide caregiver education, link you to needed community resources, and much more!
Currently, we are serving eligible participants in these Counties:
Region 1: Andrew, Atchison, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Ray, Saline and Worth.
Region 3: Barry, Barton, Bates, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Green, Henry, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Polk, Shannon, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright.
Don’t see your county listed above? Please give us a call, we may still be able to help!
There is no fee for this service. For more information about the Caregiver Training Program (Track 1) and how to enroll, contact the Missouri Rural Health Association Caregiver Training Program Coordinator at 573-415-7343.
Track 2 Program – Caregiver Relief
- Assessment and care coordination
- In-home care
- Adult day care
- Incontinence products
- Safety and supportive programs
- Education programs
- Counseling services
- Nutritional supplements
- Emergency respite
Participants must start using funds within 45 days of enrollment and must use all available funds before May 31, 2023. Funds are capped at $700, are contingent upon availability, and distributed on a first come, first served basis.
For more information on eligibility and how to enroll in the Caregiver Relief Program (Track 2), call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, 800.272.3900. Alzheimer’s Association Care Consultations and Caregiver Relief Program (alz.org)
Professionals can make an online referral by visiting our website at https://alz.org/greatermissouri/referral
Eligibility Requirements for Caregiver Relief Program
- Must reside in Missouri and live at home with the primary caregiver.
- Caregivers may be eligible to enroll in both the Caregiver Training Program and the Caregiver Respite Program.
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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