A program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

Financial assistance for in home respite care

Bingham Farms, Michigan

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Taking care of a person with Parkinson's disease can be a 24 hour job. Please help the Michigan Parkinson Foundation provide a much needed break for care partners by supporting our financial assistance program for in home respite care.

Description of project

Financial Assistance for In home Care for Parkinson Patients
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative progressive disease that has no known cure. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder.

Currently there are 35,000 people in Michigan who have Parkinson's disease and the incidence is growing. It is estimated that within 13 years, 70,000 people in Michigan will have Parkinson's. The average age of onset is 58. If an otherwise healthy individual with no other chronic disease is diagnosed with PD at the age of 58, the life expectancy for a male is 80 and a female is 84.

There is no cure and the disease gets progressively worse. While the symptoms can be treated with medication, there is no treatment to slow the progression of the disease. Generally people do not die from Parkinson's but in advanced PD, they are often wheelchair or bed bound. They are dependent upon a spouse or family member for assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medications, transferring from bed to chair, toilet, and wheelchair.

Two thirds of those diagnosed are male; often requiring the spouse to be a caretaker. Typically, this coincides with the time period when the spouse is battling their own health care issues related to aging.

The Michigan Parkinson Foundation currently provides financial support for day time adult respite care centers. These programs are for day time only and while the program is helpful for some, the greater need is for assistance inside the home; especially as the task of leaving the home becomes a hardship in itself.
Initialed in January 2018, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation provides limited financial assistance for in-home respite care for those who qualify.

Our program will be a short-term option for a spouse or care partner. It is intended to provide relief for situations such as care partner's own medical procedure, hospitalization, day surgery, etc.; family social event wedding, funeral. OR it could be a one day a week for four hours a day so that a care partner can do errands or take care of personal needs. The program is not intended to be anyone's long-term solution.
Delivery of Services-Home Instead
The MPF contracts with a home health care company to provide the service.
Level One Care: Meal prep, light housekeeping, medication reminders, incidental transportation, outings and activities.

• Level Two Care: Level 1 services and basic dementia care, bathing, dressing, continence care, toileting, transferring, ambulation assistance, and eating/feeding.

• Level Three Care: Level 1 & level 2 services and advanced dementia care, bed care, hoyer lift care, tube feeding and other specialized care needs.

MPF Financial Assistance Stipend
The MPF would pay 65% and the client would pay 35% of the fee.
The home care company would invoice MPF and the client accordingly. The MPF would pay for up to 72 hours of care or $1,080 per year per family. The home care company invoices the MPF and the client.

Client Qualification
The family member must have physician diagnosed Parkinson's disease and be referred to the MPF by a health care professional. They must complete an application and provide income and asset verification.
The program is restricted to those with income less than 300% of the poverty level:

Single person: Income less than $36,180 per year
Married couple: Income less than $48,720 per year.
Our goal is to provide in home respite care for up to 7 days in a calendar year for any location in Michigan.

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Parkinson's disease and its Impact
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