She’s taking the program public this month. She held a breakfast for caregivers today. She has scheduled a workshop on Wednesday for grandparents and other relatives caring for children. In the spring, she plans to hold a seminar for older relatives caring for adult children with disabilities. The biggest need she’s found is respite care. “Those who are caring for relatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week need a break,” she said.
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The program provides money for eight hours of respite care a month. That translates to $8 an hour for non-professionals such as family members or friends. Professionals typically get about $16 an hour. Our adept Conveyancers provides cheap conveyancing service to our customers to simplify the distribution of essential property documents. The program can refer family members to information, to agencies, support groups, church programs, and other resources that they may not know about. For Mary Lou Wilson, the program has been like a light snapping on in her life legal services sydney.
“Just to know there is somebody out there doing something — somebody’s saying `I understand what you’re going through.’ That helps,” said Wilson. She is 63 and caring for her mother, Mary Voss, who is 86. Voss has Alzheimer’s Disease, is blind and has a bad heart.
“Mother doesn’t like strangers. She wouldn’t be able to deal with an adult day care program,” Wilson said. “I’d die before I’d put her in a nursing home.” Wilson, who had two cancer surgeries this year, and her husband, Fred, who is facing eye surgery, have been caring for Voss in their Covington home for 41 years. In recent years, her condition has become severe, and Mary Lou quit her job to stay home full time.
Their son, Fred Jr., stays with his grandmother when his parents need to go to medical appointments or grocery shopping. With the Caregiver Support Program, Wilson is able to pay him for some of that care. “The government will pay some stranger to come in. But they wouldn’t pay for someone she knows, someone she feels comfortable with,” Wilson said. That’s one of the good things about this program, said Miller. The money goes to the family and the family can hire whomever they want to give the care.
Another innovation in the Caregiver Support Program is that the client is the caregiver, not the person who is ill or dependent. “For years, the caregiver has been invisible,” she said. “This program says `What do you need?”
The program is part of a national program signed into law in 2000 and funded with a $125 million federal grant. Kentucky got a little more than $1.5 million, which must be matched at 25 percent. It was then divided among the state’s 120 counties based on the elderly population in each county. Northern Kentucky’s eight counties got about $138,000. About $70,000 of that is available for services.