Houston Health Department

Special Services


Through a contractural arrangement, respite aide training is provided for workers interested in assisting families of Alzheimer's patients, clients with other dementia, AIDS and the frail elderly. The program involves both classroom and hands-on instruction. Lectures by volunteer professionals and chapter staff include discussions on:

  • Overview of the Related Disorders
  • Physical Care of the Patient
  • Communication
  • Managing Difficult Behavior
  • Research Updates
  • Activities
  • Safety Tips
  • Nutrition
  • Wellness for the Caregiver
  • End-of-Life Health Care Decisions
  • Bereavement and Coping with Loss

These 32-hour workshops are offered four times a year.  Enrollees receive all necessary materials at no cost, but are allowed to contribute to help defray training expenses.  A certificate given upon completion of the training certifies the recipient to provide respite care for families on an as-needed basis.

Alzheimer’s Care Coordination Education and Service System

For more information, call the Harris County Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301.  If outside Harris County, call toll free 1-800-213-8471. The HCAAA's main office is located at 8000 North Stadium Drive, 3rd floor, Houston, TX 77054. Click here for a map. Our email address is aging@houstontx.gov.