Missouri residents who are qualifying caregivers in the Greater Missouri Chapter service area can receive modest financial assistance to help with the cost of taking care of their loved one living with dementia. 

Marion and Ralls counties caregivers fall within that service area.

Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer’s continues to receive care in a safe environment. 

Using respite services can support and strengthen a caregiver’s ability to help the ones they care for and themselves.

“Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be rewarding and uplifting. It can also be emotionally, physically and financially draining,” says Cheryl Kinney, senior director of Client Services and Quality Programs. “The Alzheimer’s Association assists families in navigating through challenges and guiding caregivers to resources and support to reduce burden, including the Greater Missouri Chapter Respite Fund.”

In Missouri alone, there are over 314,000 caregivers who are spending over 358,000,000 total hours of unpaid care each year by helping their loved ones. This, coupled with the large expenses of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, can have detrimental effects on the caregiver. 

The funds provided by the Alzheimer’s Association are important to allow caregivers to take time to perform daily tasks and enjoy time with friends and family. 

Respite funds can also be used for products, equipment, safety services and legal guidance.

For more information about respite care, Alzheimer’s disease and available resources call our 24/7 helpline, 800.272.3900, or visit alz.org/greatermissouri.