Relieving the Caregiver Burden: A Closer Look at Respite Vouchers for Caregivers and Older Relatives Raising Children

Senior woman and her caregiver

by Vicci Smith, Respite Coordinator,
Aging Services, Inc.

As the backbone of support for their families,
caregivers and older relatives raising children often
find themselves shouldering the responsibility of
providing care with unwavering dedication. Recognizing
the unique challenges faced by these unsung heroes, the
Aging Services, Inc. Respite Voucher Program has
expanded its reach to include specific provisions for
both caregivers and older relatives raising children.
In this article, we explore the workings of the program
and eligibility criteria for these two distinct groups,
and where individuals can turn to access much-needed
respite support.
The Respite Voucher Program, designed to offer relief
to those providing care for their loved ones, has
evolved to cater to the specific needs of both
caregivers and older relatives raising children. This
dual approach recognizes the diverse caregiving roles
within families and strives to provide targeted
support.
For caregivers the eligibility for the program is to be
a full-time caregiver for a senior aged 60 or above
with Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia, as well
as any other chronic medical condition that requires
full-time live-in care.
For older relatives raising children, which includes
aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, the
eligibility program provides four (4) $100 respite

vouchers per quarter that can be used to provide care
for your loved one while you take a much-needed break.
These vouchers can be used for anything from helping
with cleaning or providing care for your loved one
while the caregiver socializes with friends, takes care
of their own medical needs, or just takes leisurely
time running errands. For other relatives raising
children the vouchers can be used for after-school
activities and sports for children.
Aging Services, Inc is not only providing vouchers for
expanding older relatives raising children, but we will
be holding Community Support and Caregiving Trainings
in the four counties we serve. These counties are
Canadian, Cleveland, Logan, and Oklahoma. Please let
us know if you are interested in hosting one of these
community events in your church, school, or coffee shop
in your community. We would like to partner with you
to help caregivers in your community.
For more information, please visit agingservicesok.org
or if you have further questions, please feel free to
contact our Respite Coordinators. The respite
coordinators are also available to speak to any group
about the growing number of caregiving seniors and some
of the other programs that Aging Services, Inc. has to
offer.


Call Diane Hudgins, at (405)701-2149 or Vicci Smith, at
(405)701-2151.
You also can call Aging Services, Inc.
at (405)321-3200 and ask for Tammy Vaughn, Executive
Director.