Caregiver Training and Relief Program

Caregivers Need Support Too


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 other related dementia.

The CCTRP 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.

The program has two tracks with Track 1 preforming an in-home safety assessment and Track 2 providing reimbursement for qualified care-related expenses. The CCTRP helps caregivers provide the best quality of life possible for their loved ones while keeping them at home.

Program Benefits

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.

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 Track 1 and how to enroll, contact Missouri Rural Health Association’s Certified Dementia Specialist at 573-415-7343.


Track 2 Program – Caregiver Relief

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter delivers the Caregiver Relief Program to help caregivers navigate caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and other related dementia. Individualized care consultations address unmet needs and link caregivers to resources and support. In addition, the Caregiver Relief Program reimburses caregivers up to $700 for qualified expenses including, but not limited to:
  • 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), contact our Program Coordinator at 573-415-6247 | Fax: 573-632-6678, or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, 800.272.3900.  Alzheimer’s Association Care Consultations and Caregiver Relief Program (

Healthcare professionals can make an online referral by visiting the website at

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.
About Dementia

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.

Learn more.

Watch Recorded Webinars.
Caregiver Webinar Series:
The Missouri Rural Health Association, Memory Care Home Solutions, and Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri is hosting a webinar series to provide helpful information about the Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program. Attendees can expect:
March 17, 2021 – a high-level program overview. Watch webinar recording.
March 24, 2021 – details about Memory Care Home Solutions and their success rate with those caring for loved ones with dementia. Watch webinar recording.
March 31, 2021 – Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri discusses its care consultations and how to qualify for up too $700 reimbursement for qualified respite expenses. Watch webinar recording.
Program Funding

The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program (CCTRP)  is made possible through a grant from Department of Health and Senior Services in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri ChapterMemory Care Home Solutions (MCHS), and the Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA).

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