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Division of Senior and Disabilities Services

Caregiver Support

Senior and Disabilities Services has programs to support formal, informal, and family caregivers as they carry out their daily caregiving activities. A caregiver can be anyone from a helpful neighbor who provides daily check-ins or helps with small tasks, to a live-in family member who helps with activities of daily living. Caregivers most commonly assist with impairments related to old age, disability, a disease, or mental impairments.

If you are a caregiver and would like information about getting assistance to care for someone else or yourself there are a number of resources you can contact. 

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)

Alaska’s ADRCs connect seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers with long-term services and supports of their choice. ADRC specialists counsel callers and visitors on long-term supports that fit their needs. These programs are operated statewide. 

Family Caregiver Support Program

Alaska’s Family Caregiver Support Program provides assistance to caregivers of any age caring for someone 60 and over, and Grandparents 55 and over raising grandchildren. These programs are operated statewide.

Included Services:
  • Information and assistance accessing services
  • Respite
  • Caregiver support groups
  • Caregiver training
  • Supplemental services

The Caregiver Connection Program

The Caregiver Connection Program provides help to people supporting someone with dementia in managing their stress and burden. 
 
How does it work?
The program includes two parts, a proven caregiver stress reduction process called TCARE® and funds to pay for services such as respite or adult day care. TCARE® includes a short questionnaire that identifies whether and how caregiving is impacting your stress. The results of that questionnaire determine if you are eligible for the program. If you are eligible, a trained specialist will work with you to develop a plan for reducing your stress.

The program is a pilot being operated by the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA) in partnership with State of Alaska Senior and Disability Services (SDS) and the Municipality of Anchorage. The pilot is only be offered in Anchorage at this time.
Eligibility
To be eligible you must meet all of the following:
  • Be the caregiver of someone with dementia
  • Live in the Anchorage metropolitan area
There are no income or assets requirements for this program. However, it is currently not available to anyone on a Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS), such as the Alaskans Living Independently (ALI) Waiver. 
 
To learn more you can contact the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska at:
Or complete the initial TCARE screening at: alaska.tailoredcare.com

Other Resources

For caregivers of individuals with physical or developmental disabilities