Are you a caregiver? Are you providing unpaid care at home to a spouse, child, relative, or friend of any age who has a disability or chronic illness, or needs help with basic activities of daily living?
What is respite? Respite is temporary relief for family caregivers who are caring for individuals of any age who have disabilities, chronic, or terminal illness. Respite is the only service solely for the caregiver and is the most requested service by caregivers. Alabama Respite can assist some caregivers with receiving respite if they qualify for our voucher program.
What are vouchers? Once someone is qualified for the respite program, the caregiver will receive a voucher telling them the amount of funds they will receive for the quarter. Caregivers may use their funds all at once or in increments over the approved quarter. Caregivers may choose anyone they wish to provide respite as long as the provider is over age 18 and not living in the home with the care recipient. When respite service is completed, the provider signs the voucher to indicate the date and time respite was received. The caregiver sends the signed voucher back to Alabama Respite, who writes a check to pay for the service. The caregiver may choose to pay the provider out of pocket and submit the signed voucher to reimburse themselves. Alternatively, the respite provider may agree to wait until the voucher has been submitted to Alabama Respite and a check has been sent before receiving payment for providing respite.
- HEARTS: HEARTS has funding through Children’s Trust Fund to provide vouchers for respite care for families of children up to age 19 with disabilities or developmental delays. For more information, contact Stephanie Wright, HEARTS Program Coordinator at 256-852-5600.
- DMH: Alabama Respite has funding through the Alabama Department of Mental Health for caregivers of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The care recipient must have an IQ level below 70 to qualify. For more information, contact Alabama Respite at 256-859-4900.
What does Alabama Respite do? Alabama Respite tries to answer the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” questions about respite. We can refer you to an appropriate source for respite. We can help you start a respite program in your church. In some cases we can help you pay for respite through our voucher program.