On February 22, 2017 our nurse at Senior Services Unlimited attended Memory day in Jefferson City. To be a voice for those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. She met with our legislators to restore funds for respite care. Alzheimer’s respite care funds were cut 250,000 this year. We are trying to get the funds restored to 450,000 previous allocations. With these funds families can keep their loved ones at home. Pam’s husband was 64 years old when diagnosed with vascular dementia. She would not have been able to take care of him at home without respite care funds. In this case she would have been forced to put him on Medicaid and he would have to go into a nursing home. Making this even more expensive in State funding.
Memory day was a tremendous success! Because of our collective efforts, the House Subcommittee on Health, Mental Health, and Social Services has recommended restoring funding for Alzheimer’s grants for FY18.
Recommendations now go to the House Budget Committee and we are asking for your help securing their full support. You can Call-Email-write the member(s) of House Budget Committee.
We want to fully restore funding for Alzheimer’s grants that provide respite assistance to families across Missouri.