R.E.L.I.E.F. is an acronym for Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families. This is a free in-home respite care program that provides trained volunteers to relieve persons who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia, or who are frail, elderly and unable to care for themselves. The program’s larger goal is to reduce the placement of individuals in Medicaid-funded nursing homes, which it does through helping families care for loved ones in their home.
Did You Know?
Studies have shown that recipients of respite care have higher levels of caregiver satisfaction and consequently become better caregivers.
This program is managed by the Florida Area Agencies on Aging. Each local agency has its own specific eligibility requirements for their RELIEF program.
However, the general requirements are as follows:
- The family must be Florida residents who are unable to pay for respite care without compromising other basic needs.
- The individual in need of care must be 60+ years old and require assistance to remain living at home.
- If not for the provided respite care, the care recipient would be required to live in an assisted living facility or a nursing home.
The applicant must be not be receiving other long-term care services.
How to Apply / Learn More
To apply for Project RELIEF respite care, individuals should contact their local Florida Area Agency on Aging
. Additional information about this program can be found on the Florida Department of Elder Affairs website