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Funds raised through Amplify Austin 2018 are now available to help offset some of the cost associated with providing RESPITE CARE to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. 

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Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Texas, and through continued research, we plan to find a cure. Until then we provide care and support to close to 50,000 people with the disease and close to 120,000 of their caregivers in Central Texas. Research shows that caregivers who feel better prepared for their caregiving role handle it much better and with much more confidence. 

Being a full-time caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s is one of the most difficult and stressful jobs imaginable. Respite provides relief to people who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Time away from caregiving responsibilities is essential to the well-being of caregivers. Respite care helps to reduce stress and improve the quality of life and quality of care provided by caregivers. 

Details:

With funds raised through Amplify Austin, each qualified recipient of the respite scholarship will receive a stipend to the service provider, facility of center of their choice. Payment will be made directly to the entity after service is provided. Choice of provider will be left completely up to the caregiver. While our chapter covers 18 counties in Central Texas, we will prioritize our reach based on funding to focus on counties with a high senior population and a high percentage of individuals living below poverty lines.

Based on the census bureau the following 5 counties are our areas of priority: Bell; Hays; Travis; Robertson and Williamson Counties. However should funding permit, we hope to be able to help as many of those who request the help.

The scholarship can cover the following types of respite:   

  • In-home care services offer a range of options including: Companion services to the individual with companionship and supervised activities. Personal care or home health aide services to provide assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting and exercising. Homemaker or maid services to help with laundry, shopping and preparing meals.
  • Skilled care services to help with medication and other medical services.
  • Adult day centers: Adult day centers offer a place where the person with Alzheimer's can be with others in a safe environment. Staff leads planned activities, such as music and art programs. Transportation and meals are often provided. 
  • Residential facilities: may offer the option for a stay overnight, for a few days or a few weeks. Overnight care allows caregivers to take an extended break or vacation while the person with dementia stays in a supervised, safe environment. The cost for these services varies and is usually not covered by insurance or Medicare.

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