Project Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty, also known as Project C.A.R.E., provides care consultation services to unpaid caregivers of loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.
The program provides dementia-trained social workers – either in-home or over the phone – who assess the needs of the primary caregiver(s) and offer counseling, education, and support.
Approximately 20% of Alzheimer’s patients experience a phenomenon called Sundowning. This is a state of heightened confusion that occurs around dusk. Closing curtains and turning on lights towards late afternoon can help to minimize the effect.
To be eligible for care consultation services with Project C.A.R.E., the care recipient must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another related dementia. Related dementias might include Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia, or Frontotemporal Dementia.
In addition, the caregiver cannot be receiving similar services through another state- or federally-funded program.
While there are no income or assets limits, the program gives priority to those individuals who may be underserved, those with low incomes, minorities, or those living in rural areas.
Benefits and Services
Project C.A.R.E. provides several services for caregivers of family members with Alzheimer’s.
- Care Management -Includes counseling, care consultation, caregiver assessment.
- Information and Referral Services – Connections to local support groups and services, and the relaying of dementia-specific information.
- Education and Training – Educates caregivers on the disease and its progression.
- Respite Vouchers – Can be used for in-home care or out-of-home care, such as adult day care. Vouchers are very limited due to funding.
How to Apply / Learn More
Project C.A.R.E. is managed by North Carolina’s Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services, working through six regional offices, and is available statewide.
To learn more about Project C.A.R.E. or to apply, contact the closest regional office (Project C.A.R.E. Partner) listed here.
Additional information on Project C.A.R.E. is available in this brochure.