Kristen Cloutier
Representative | Lewiston, ME

ARP: Respite for ME Grants Program Helping Family Caregivers

The Respite for ME Grants pilot program was successfully launched on October 1, 2022, and during the first quarter a total of 139 eligible family caregivers have accessed the program. Maine Representative Kristen Cloutier led the effort to create this pilot program, which provides caregivers with $2,000 grants and other services to better balance a job or other responsibilities with their caregiving duties. The Office of Aging and Disability Services, in partnership with community stakeholders, is working on an outreach campaign to connect more families with these much needed resources.

Impact Testimonial: One caregiver in Oxford County was approved for the program and within 9 days was able to be reimbursed for the removal of an outdated, unsafe bathtub to be replaced with a safe, new, walk-in shower including handrails. This home modification is allowing the caregiver to continue providing care for her spouse safely in their home.

More Idea’s From Kristen Cloutier

Paid Family and Medical Leave Policy for Maine

Idea Category: Child Care, Equity & Opportunity | Funding Source: ARP

ARP: Lewiston ME, Recognizes Work of Caregivers

Idea Category: Equity & Opportunity, Jobs and Entrepreneurship | Funding Source: ARP