Taking care of a family member, neighbor, or grandchild is an opportunity that many have had especially since the onset of Covid. Being able to offer this care and compassion can also be accompanied by stress and financial burden. The state of Maine wants you to help take care of a loved one at home and take care of yourself at the same time.
Services that eligible caregivers may access include, but are not limited to:
Caregiver Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible for Respite for ME Grants, caregivers must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Adult family member or other informal caregiver 18 years of age or older providing care to individuals 60 years of age or older.
Adult family member or other informal caregiver 18 years of age or older providing care to individuals of any age living with dementia and related diseases, including Alzheimer's.
Relative, not including parent, 55 years of age or older providing care to children under 18 years of age.
Relative, including parent, 55 years of age or older providing care to adults 18 to 59 years of age with disabilities.
Your local Area Agency on Aging is available to answer your questions and help you navigate the application process. Call 1-877-353-3771 to find your local Area Agency on Aging and start accessing services.
Please see the downloadable poster attached that you can print or share with others.