Utilizing National Family Caregiver Support Program funds, the MARC Department of Aging Services contracts with local providers to provide caregiver respite and structured respite.
- Caregiver Respite: The respite worker provides companionship and supervision to the older adult while his or her regular caregiver leaves the home. Other services may include preparation and serving of a meal, assistance with toileting, reading to the client or assistance with personal care.
- Structured Respite: A limited number of locations offer a structured respite, or a caregiver’s day out program. These programs are for only a few hours a day, one to two days a week and provide participants with meals, snacks and activities. The majority utilize volunteers to help oversee the participants.
To be eligible, caregivers must have responsibility for providing regular assistance to an older adult over the age of 60. There are no income or asset guidelines, but services will be targeted to those in the greatest need. There is no predetermined fee scale to participate in one of the MARC respite or structured respite programs. Voluntary contributions are accepted to help defray the costs.
If you would like more information, please contact the Information and Referral line at 816/421-4980.