(Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty)
Within the next ten years, as the first wave of baby boomers reaches the age of greatest risk from Alzheimer's disease, the number of people affected by dementia will increase dramatically. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death for people of all ages and the fifth leading cause for adults over age 65. In North Carolina, over 170,000 older adults currently have Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. By 2030, this number is projected to rise to over 288,000.
Most care for people with dementia is provided in the home by family members or friends. This type of care is constant and allows few opportunities for rest or time to meet the other demands of "normal" life such as work, family, and personal health concerns. Too often, the long term result is the depletion of financial resources along with the deterioration of the caregiver's health and well-being.
Project C.A.R.E. ("Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty") can assist caregivers of people with dementia by providing a Family Consultant to help resolve caregiving issues. The Family Consultant can also connect caregivers with community resources and arrange funding to help pay for temporary relief, known as "respite" care. Project C.A.R.E. helps reduce caregiver stress and exhaustion so that people with dementia can remain at home for as long as possible.
Benefits - Services Include:
- A Family Consultant with expertise in dementia care who provides in-home needs assessment, counseling, information, and help making care decisions.
- Assistance for caregivers in finding and selecting the type of respite and support services that best meets their needs.
- Funding assistance when available for those who qualify for support of in-home personal care, adult day services, group respite and/or overnight residential respite care for eligible families.
- Training and educational resources for family caregivers, respite care providers and community organizations.
- Linkage to local Area Agencies on Aging for additional family support services.
- Linkage to the State Alzheimer's Association Chapters to access a wide variety of programs, services and educational resources for people affected by Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementias.
Eligibility - Basic Requirements Include:
- Confirmation of Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia (memory loss and confusion) by caregiver, physician or healthcare provider.
- Residence of the person with dementia must be in one of the 19 counties served by the Mountain Area Project C.A.R.E. Chapter: Swain, Graham, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Surry, Yadkin, Stokes and Forsyth.
- Caregivers receiving services through the Medicaid Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA) are eligible for all benefits of Project C.A.R.E., excluding additional respite funding. Caregivers may receive respite funds through Project C.A.R.E. while on the waiting list for CAP/DA services.
- There are no age restrictions for the person with dementia or the family caregiver.
- While there are no specific income limitations, Project C.A.R.E. gives priority to low-income, rural and minority families.
Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Lumber River Council of Governments, and Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging are responsible for delivering the services of Project C.A.R.E., a national best practice model for consumer-directed respite care specifically designed for caregivers of people with dementia. The goal of the program is to increase quality, access, choice and use of respite and support services for low-income, rural and minority families caring for a person with dementia at home. Project C.A.R.E. currently serves 36 counties throughout North Carolina.
Project C.A.R.E. is primarily funded through State funds with supplemental funding provided by the federal Administration on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program. Project C.A.R.E. is administered by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services with expert consultation and technical assistance provided by the Duke Aging Center Family Support Program. The Project C.A.R.E. staff at Land-of-Sky Regional Council serves as the program's statewide training and technical assistance resource. North Carolina has been successful in serving caregivers of people with dementia through Project C.A.R.E. since 2001.
North Carolina REACH Program
NC REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health) is a personalized program for caregivers of persons living at home with dementia or Alzheimer's. This program:
- Is adapted in the privacy of your own home to your specific situation.
- Has been tested nationally and is shown to produce many important benefits.
- Provides you with the skills to help make your role as a caregiver more effective.
- Provides you with tools and strategies that will help to protect your own health and well-being.
NC REACH is a program provided by the Division of Aging and Adult Services. Call Project C.A.R.E. to find out more about this program.
Project C.A.R.E. Staff
||Interim Director of Respite
||Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Transylvania
||Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Graham, Macon
||Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin