Family Care Navigator

General Information & Assistance

Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov) was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. Eight years after its initial launch, GovBenefits.gov underwent a major redesign and became Benefits.gov. However, the program's mission remains the same: reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

N/A

Caregiver Eligibility:

N/A

Benefits.gov is unable to respond to specific scenarios or provide personalized advice. A number of Other Resources and Frequently Asked Questions are available to help answer any questions you may have about government programs, benefits, and services.

For additional government information, you may call USA.gov's National Contact Center at 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, to speak to an information specialist.

Respite Care provides temporary relief to a primary caregiver from the continuous support and care of an adult who is elderly or disabled and dependent on others.

Services include companionship, involvement in the person’s activities of daily living, meal preparation, light housekeeping and personal hygiene tasks.

Respite Care hours will be determined by an assessment.

Caregiver Eligibility:

Eligibility for Respite Care is determined based on a Caregiver Program needs assessment. The needs assessment completed by the Adult Services and Aging Specialist in consultation with the primary caregiver determines the number of hours and the frequency of the Respite Care provided to the care receiver. A cost share may be applicable.

(605) 773-3656
(866) 854-5465 toll-free

ASAs offer aging services, including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local ASA within South Dakota, call: (877) 579-0015

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3656

Services & Policies for Family Caregivers

The DMV is required to investigate reports received from law enforcement, family, and medical professionals of unsafe drivers. These reports are used to determine if the driver needs a re-examination of driving skills or written testing, or medical or psychological evaluation. 

License renewal occurs every 5 years. 

(605) 773-6883

FCSP services for family caregivers are provided through local Adult Services and Aging Offices (ASAs) and include:
- Information
- Assistance
- Individual counseling, support groups and caregiver training
- Respite care
- Limited supplemental services, such as transportation and home modifications

Care Recipient Eligibility:

- Adults age 60 and older
Exception:
- Adults with dementia can be any age

Caregiver Eligibility:

- Anyone age 18 and older caring for someone who meets care receiver eligibility
Special Populations:
- Adults age 55 and older who are caring for anyone (that is not their child) over 18 years old with developmental disabilities
- Grandparents or other relatives age 55 and older caring for children (age 18 and under)

(605) 773.3656
(866) 854.5465

State System of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

 
Caregiver Assessment in Medicaid HCBS Waiver Program No
At Least One State Program with Consumer-Directed Option for Family Caregivers No
Lifespan Respite Grant Yes
State Respite Coalition Yes

 

Workplace Benefits for Family Caregivers

 
Paid Family Leave No
Unemployment Insurance for Family Caregivers No
Paid Sick Days No
Preemptive Law Prohibiting local Governments from Establishing the Right Sick Leave No

 

Miscellaneous Statewide Programs, Regulations and Legislation

 
State Alzheimer’s Plan Yes
Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction (UAGPPJA) Yes
State Policy Permitting Delegation of 16 Nursing Tasks No
CARE Act*

No

* The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act enables family caregivers to provide safe and effective home care to older adults. In particular, it supports family caregivers when their loved ones are admitted to the hospital, and helps them to learn how to safely provide care at home once their loved ones are discharged from a medical facility.

While the finer points of the CARE Act vary from state to state, it contains three central provisions in every version nationwide:

  1. The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital or rehabilitation facility.
  2. The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
  3. The hospital or rehabilitation facility must provide an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks—such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers—that the family caregiver will perform at home.

Respite Care provides temporary relief to a primary caregiver from the continuous support and care of an adult who is elderly or disabled and dependent on others.

Services include companionship, involvement in the person’s activities of daily living, meal preparation, light housekeeping and personal hygiene tasks.

Respite Care hours will be determined by an assessment.

Caregiver Eligibility:

Eligibility for Respite Care is determined based on a Caregiver Program needs assessment. The needs assessment completed by the Adult Services and Aging Specialist in consultation with the primary caregiver determines the number of hours and the frequency of the Respite Care provided to the care receiver. A cost share may be applicable.

(605) 773-3656
(866) 854-5465 toll-free

Services for Care Recipients Living at Home

Government program assists low income adults with quadriplegia who require nursing level of care remain in their own homes by helping to pay for home and community based services including:
- Care management
- Personal attendant services
- Skilled nursing services
- Emergency response services
- Supplemental services

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 18 and older with quadriplegia
- Require nursing level of care
- Medically stable
- Low income (Medicaid or SSI eligible)

Caregiver Eligibility:

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(605) 773-3195

Government program assists low income adults who require nursing level of care remain in their own homes by helping to pay for home and community based services including:
- Care management
- Homemaker services
- Adult day care
- Private duty nursing
- Respite
- Meals and/or nutritional supplements
- Specialized medical equipment/supplies
- Emergency response system
- Supplemental services

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 60 and older
OR
Adults age 18 and older with a disability
- Require nursing level of care
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)

* Individuals most appropriate for this waiver are vulnerable elderly individuals with chronic health problems, which limit their ability to function independently in the community.

Caregiver Eligibility:

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(605) 773-3656
(866) 854.5465

Government program assists low income adults who are at risk of institutionalization remain in their own homes by helping to pay for in-home and personal care services.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 60 and older
OR
Adults age 18 and older with severe physical disability
- At risk for institutionalization
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)

Caregiver Eligibility:

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605-773-3656
or
Adult Services and Aging: (866) 854-5465

Association of adult day care providers. Its website offers a Locator search tool that allows users to locate providers in their area.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(605) 773.3165

ASAs offer aging services, including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local ASA within South Dakota, call: (877) 579-0015

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3656

The state of South Dakota partners with a network of non-profit, non-residential, community-based centers, run and controlled by persons with disabilities that offer:
- Information and referral
- Peer counseling
- Care management
- Independent living skills training
- Individual and systems change advocacy
- Benefits counseling
- Employment readiness training
- Housing referrals
- Assistive technology services
- Legal aid

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults with any type of disability

Caregiver Eligibility:

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(605) 842-3977 (Native American Advocacy Program -Tateya Topa Ho)
(605) 626-2976 (Independent Living Choices)
(605) 626-2977 (Independent Living Choices - TTY)
(605) 362-3550 (Prairie Freedom Center For Independent Living)
(605) 718-1930 (Western Resources for Disabled Independence)

Government short-term program (usually up to 24 months) offers rehabilitation services to people who have sustained a brain injury and no longer demonstrate the need for acute medical care.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Individuals with a diagnosis of TBI
- Medically stable
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

(605) 773-3195

Government program assists residents of South Dakota with disabilities to obtain and retain employment. It provides information and referral services for independent living.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Individuals with any type of disability

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

Resources on Living Arrangements for Care Recipients

Government website provides information, including cost and options for financial assistance, on assisted living facilities in South Dakota.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Within South Dakota, call: (866) 854-5465

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3656

Government agency responsible for inspecting and licensing long-term care providers in South Dakota. Provides online directories of:
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living facilities
- Hospitals

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Within South Dakota, call: (800) 738-2301

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3361

ASAs offer aging services, including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local ASA within South Dakota, call: (877) 579-0015

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3656

Government Health & Disability Programs

Medicaid is a health insurance for people with limited income and resources. It pays for a variety of medical services, including in-home care or nursing home care, depending on eligibility.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Must be low-income - based on specific government criteria

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

See website for local contact information: click DSS Local Offices and Map under Key Resources.

Assists individuals and families with eligibility questions and problems related to Medicare, including prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, managed care, long-term care planning, health insurance and other health care issues.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Medicare beneficiary

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(800) 536-8197
(605) 333-3314

ASAs offer aging services, including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local ASA within South Dakota, call: (877) 579-0015

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3656

Provides aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential and medical care and services. Also helps veterans and their families to present claims for veterans' benefits to the federal government and offers veterans low-cost loans

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Veterans who are residents of South Dakota

Caregiver Eligibility:

Family members of a veteran

Within South Dakota, call: (877) 579-0015

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3269

Legal Help & Advocacy

Adult Protective Services assists vulnerable and elder adults to stop and prevent abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Anyone can make a report about suspected abuse to the Hotline.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 and older and adults with disabilities

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Ombudsmen investigate complaints made by, or on behalf of, individual residents in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They also answer questions about the quality of care or financial, physical, or mental abuse in residential facilities.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Resident in a long-term care facility

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(866) 854-5465

Assists individuals and families with eligibility questions and problems related to Medicare, including prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, managed care, long-term care planning, health insurance and other health care issues.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Medicare beneficiary

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(800) 536-8197
(605) 333-3314

ASAs offer aging services, including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local ASA within South Dakota, call: (877) 579-0015

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 773-3656

Non-profit organization advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities and mental illness. Services include:
- Information and referral
- Legal advocacy
- Limited legal representation services
- Education

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Eligibility varies by program

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

Within South Dakota, call: (800) 658-4782 (Voice/TTY)

Outside South Dakota, call: (605) 224-8294 (Voice/TTY)

Disease-Specific Organizations

The South Dakota Chapter provides educational programs and support groups for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, caregivers, and health care professionals. 

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(800)2727-3900

Caregivers, survivors, and medical professionals are provided a wide range of services such as social, educational, and emotional support. 

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(605) 360-2542

Non-profit organization offers support to individuals affected by Arthritis, Lupus and other auto-immune diseases in South Dakota. It also provides support groups and educational seminars.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(605) 341-7530

Provides support services for individuals affected by traumatic brain injury, including:
- Information and referral
- Support groups
- Advocacy

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Brain Injury Alliance: (605) 845-3743

Community Transitions: (605) 718-8446
or (605) 343-7297

Provides a range of exercise and support groups for adults living with Parkinson's disease and their families.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(605) 271-6113

A nonprofit organization that helps people affected by brain injury and their family members seek services such as support groups, education, and training.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(605) 762-3279