As a person providing care for an older adult or a person with dementia you are faced with an enormous amount of responsibility and work. Often there are no one else there to help you, and you have little time to take care of your own needs.
The programs and services described below allow care partners the time to do things other than providing care, such as: practicing self-care, running errands, visiting family members and friends, going to medical/dental appointments, and resting.
The five Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in Maine, with support from the Office of Aging and Disability Services, administer federal and state programs that help the care partners of older individuals and the care partners of individuals living with dementia and related diseases, including Alzheimer’s.
National Family Caregiver Program
The National Family Caregiver Program is targeted to families caring for older individuals and to older relatives who are the primary care partner for a minor or an adult with a disability.
Respite Care Program
The Caregiver Respite Program is supported by state funding and is targeted to families caring for individuals living with dementia and related diseases, including Alzheimer’s.
- Information and Assistance
- Individual Counseling
- Education and Training
- Support Groups
- Respite Care (in and out of home)
- Adult Day Services
- Personal Care