“Time Off” Respite Care Program

“Time Off” Respite Care Program

Respite Care program gives caregivers “time off”

If you are a caregiver and feeling overwhelmed by the daily responsibilities of caring for a family member who has Parkinson’s, the Midwest Chapter’s Respite Care program can help. We recognize the critical role you play as a caregiver. We understand that as rewarding as this can be, the stress of being “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, can take its toll on your own health and quality of life.

In order to be a good caregiver, you must maintain your own health and well-being. In fact, you need to take some “time off” and get away to rejuvenate yourself and tend to your own personal needs. But who can fill in for you? Who will you get to come in and how will you pay for it?

We can help

Our Respite Care program allows caregivers “time off” to address their own needs while a substitute caregiver of their choosing attends to the needs of their loved one with Parkinson’s. Each qualified caregiver may receive up to $500 per 12-month period to pay for a substitute caregiver. Funds are limited and distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Qualifying for Respite Care Program

To be eligible for the Respite Care program, you must:

  • Be a Pledge Partner (donation paid) of the Midwest Chapter. Minimum donation is $50.00.
  • Reside within the Midwest Chapter’s area, which includes all of Illinois and Northern Indiana.
  • Be caring for a family member with Parkinson’s who lives at home. A person with Parkinson’s who lives in a senior residence, assisted living facility, nursing home, etc. is NOT eligible.

Call chapter office to request information and determine eligibility:

  • Obtain a note from the patient’s neurologist confirming the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, and stating that respite care would be beneficial. A phone call to the neurologist’s office requesting the letter is all that is necessary.
  • Return the original neurologist’s note along with the application (sent by chapter office after eligibility determination) signed by the patient and caregiver confirming that respite care is needed, and requesting financial assistance from the APDA Midwest Chapter. Include original receipts for respite care services for which you are requesting reimbursement.
  • Please allow 60 – 90 days for the entire process.

To learn more, call the Chapter office:

630-933-4392 or email apdamidwest@apdaparkinson.org