North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging has a broad range of support services for family caregivers, including Caregiver SupportCoordination, Respite Care, Caregiver Information Services, and Caregiver Counseling.
The following are eligibility criteria.
The caregiver cannot be paid for his/her services;
Either the caregiver or care receiver must live in Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell or Wise County;
The caregiver must:
care for someone who is at least 60 years of age; OR
care for someone of any age who has Alzheimer's or a related dementia:
be at least 55 years of age and have primary custody of a grandchild, step-grandchild, or other relative (other than child) who is age 18 or younger; OR
be at least 55 years of age, live with, and care for a relative aged 19-59 who has disabilities
Some programs, such as Caregiver Support Coordination, have additional eligibility criteria.
Caregiver Support Coordination
Caregiver Support Coordination provides temporary help to those who care for family members. The program’s case managers assess the needs of family caregivers and arrange services that support their goals. These services include respite care, minor home modifications (like building wheelchair ramps and installing grab bars), leasing of emergency response devices, and buying health-related goods and supplies not covered by insurance.
The program gives priority to caregivers who care for someone who has Alzheimer’s and/or needs help with two or more activities of daily living; care for someone who has been hospitalized within the last two weeks; have had to cut back on work hours because of care responsibilities, and/or has experienced physical/emotional problems because of care responsibilities; care for someone who has no other support— either paid or unpaid; and live in the same home as the care receiver. Visit the Area Agency on Aging Referrals page to access screening criteria and referral forms for Caregiver Support Coordination services, as well as criteria for the Care Coordination and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs. You can also call 800-272-3921 to get more information or to make a referral.
The Caregiver Respite program gives family caregivers a temporary break from their caregiving responsibilities. It issues vouchers to caregivers so they can make arrangements with providers they trust. The standard one-time benefit is $800, which can be used all at once or gradually over a three-month period.
Caregiver Information, Education and Counseling Services
Agencies that receive funding through the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging for caregiver information, education, and counseling services include:
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program provides temporary assistance to grandparents who have primary custody of grandchildren age 18 and younger. The program’s case managers assess the needs of grandparents and arrange services that support their goals. These services include respite vouchers that can be used for day care or summer camp, help with back-to-school clothing and supplies, and benefits counseling.
The program gives priority to grandparents who care for grandchildren who are medically fragile or have special needs; care for more than one person (i.e. grandchild, elderly family member, disabled adult); have had a hospitalization within the last four weeks, and/or have experienced physical problems because of their care responsibilities; care for grandchildren who have no other support—either paid or unpaid; and/or have income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level ($1,882 for an individual, or $2,554 for a couple).
Visit the Area Agency on Aging referrals page to access screening criteria and referral forms for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren services. You can also call 800-272-3921 to get more information or make a referral.
Doni Green, Director of Aging
Fax: 817-695-9274 Email