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"The respite support gave me a break from caring for my hubby. I didn't realize how much I neededsome time away from my 'labor of love.'  It's helped my energy and outlook.
​Thanks so much." 
​​"I didn't realize how badly I needed support -- I was too busy caring for my husband to care for myself.  A respite is a necessity, not a luxury."
Pregnant Woman with Mother

Care Partner's Time Off

As a care partner, your state of mind and overall health can impact your ability to provide the care your loved one needs, at the level you want to provide.  You need to take care of yourself when taking care of someone with Parkinson’s disease, especially as they become more dependent on you.

To support those who are devoted to caring for an individual with PD, PANC makes available respite grants in most of our coverage regions that can provide care partners with an opportunity to take some "time off" as their loved ones are cared for by a qualified outside agency.  The program, supported solely by donations and sponsors of PANC, subsidizes some of the cost of caregivers provided by Del Oro, Passages and Redwood Caregiver Resource Centers (CRC).

The program is administered only through the CRC's with the following counties served: 

  1. Del Oro CRC:  Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo    and Yuba

  2. Redwood CRC: Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano   

  3. Passages CRC: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehema and Trinity.

Contact the PANC office at 916-357-6641 or email here for additional information and the application. 

Respite Care Application Information

  • Care partners of PwP's (Persons with Parkinson's disease) may apply once per 12-month period for support.

  • Applicants must provide a physician’s note stating the PwP's has PD.

  • Applicant must be a care partner who is able to assist in meetings with the CRC and be authorized by the PwP's to discuss medical and psychological conditions, as well as physical functioning.

  • Caregiver must be willing to participate in the CRC’s interview and support planning and be available to orient and train the respite caregivers as to the PwP’s needs.

  • Care partner must not be receiving any public funding for caregiver services.

  • Care partner/the PwP's must be a resident of one of the counties served by the respective CRC's.

  • Once the care partner application is approved by PANC, the care partner will receive documentation of approval for respite care. PANC will also notify the CRC of the approval.

  • Once the care partner receives PANC’s approval notice, the care partner must contact the CRC directly to initiate the process.

  • The CRC will establish the care partner as a client of the CRC.

  • As respite care resources are used, the CRC will bill PANC for payment.

  • The Respite subsidy value should be used within six months of its approval and expires 12 months from the date of the award.  Reapplication is available. 

  • Care partners and PwP's should comply with the CRC’s requests for communication, coordination and cooperation.

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