Project C.A.R.E.

Project C.A.R.E (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) 

What is Project C.A.R.E.

Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) is a state funded dementia-specific support program for family caregivers. The program uses a family consultant to provide comprehensive support to caregivers of those caring for someone at home with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Project C.A.R.E. family consultants assist caregivers with education, resources and access to vouchers to alleviate some of the stress caregiving can create. The Family Consultant receives referrals to the program and schedules in-home visits to meet with the caregiver and the person with dementia. The level of assistance provided varies and is dependent upon what the caregiver needs and prefers.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Caregivers of any age caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia who are not eligible to receive similar services through programs such as VA, Medicaid, etc.  Services can be provided while on the waiting list for other programs.

  • While there are no specific income limitations, Project C.A.R.E. gives priority to low-income, rural and minority families.



  • Care Management: Offering persons with dementia and their caregivers (phone and face-to-face) counseling, care consultation, dementia-specific information, caregiver assessments, caregiver education and connections to strong social support networks;

  • Information and Referral: Connecting families with available community resources in an attempt to meet unmet needs of family caregivers. This includes but is not limited to local support groups, supportive services, entitlement programs and other community resources.

  • Training: Providing training and assistance to the community-at-large to increase capacity to assist persons with dementia and their families;

  • Respite Vouchers: Eligible caregivers can receive vouchers to provide in-home respite care and/or respite in group settings such as Adult Day Care/Health. Funds are limited.


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Project C.A.R.E. services are provided at no cost.

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