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The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Family and Caregiver Support Program, also referred to as AFCSP, offers assistance to low and middle income families throughout the state that have a family member who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or another related memory disorder. The program services both dementia patients and the family members who are caring for them. Family caregivers receive short-term breaks from caregiving duties through respite care programs and adult day care, while dementia care patients receive the level of care and support needed to safely remain at home.
This program is under the management of the Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources and is administered locally by each county's Office of Aging. Unlike a Medicaid program, individuals do not have to spend nearly all of their personal savings before receiving benefits.
AFCSP has financial, functional and residential requirements. First and foremost, the family must have a written diagnosis from a doctor that indicates the individual has Alzheimer's, dementia or other related, memory disorder.
A family's household, countable income cannot exceed $48,000. However, any care costs a family incurs which are related to caring for the individual with Alzheimer's can be excluded from their income. For example, if a family has an annual income of $60,000 and they spend $2,000 a month on home care, then $24,000 a year could be considered non-countable income. They would deduct this amount from their total income giving them an effective annual income of $36,000, and would be eligible for the program. Those who are able to help contribute to the cost of services are asked to do so.
Of course, the individual with Alzheimer's must live in Wisconsin and must live at home or in the home of a caregiver or family member. They cannot receive assistance if they currently reside in an assisted living facility, adult family home, nursing home, or memory care community.
The specific benefits of the AFCSP are determined by the county, as well as the specific needs of the applicant and their caregivers. Typically the program pays, at least in part, for the services listed below. Annual per person spending is capped at $4,000.
This program is open to residents statewide. For more information or to apply, one should contact their county Office of Aging or their regional Aging and Disability Resource Center. Families can call the Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources at (608) 266-2536 and be connected their regional center. Additional information about the program can be found here.