November 25, 2014
The Home Instead Senior Care® network has a long history of giving back to the local communities it serves. Now, through a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and Hilarity for Charity, local Home Instead Senior Care franchise offices are delivering free caregiving services to families affected by Alzheimer’s or another dementia. You can help spread the word by encouraging your clients to fill out the Alzheimer’s Care Grant application.
When comedian Seth Rogen married actress Lauren Miller, he married into the ‘Alzheimer’s family.’ Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with the condition a few years ago, at the young age of 55. Rogen saw the toll this condition took on his wife’s mother—and her family caregivers—and took it personally. In fact, he started a movement to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s within members of his own generation and created Hilarity of Charity.
Hilarity for Charity raises funds for research and support groups like the Alzheimer’s Association by hosting comedy events. Hilarity for Charity has also partnered with the Home Instead Senior Care network to provide free care services to families through the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant program.
In addition to being the official care provider for Hilarity for Charity’s Alzheimer Care Grants, local Home Instead Senior Care franchisees across the United States and Canada have donated more than 37,000 hours of in-home care services, valued at $740,000 to supplement the monetary funding provided by Hilarity for Charity in order to serve as many Alzheimer’s families as possible.
How the Program Works
Anyone who has a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias is eligible to apply for a grant. Financial need is not necessarily a determining factor.
To apply for free care services, family caregivers simply need to complete the online grant application form. Feel free to share the online application in your own client newsletter or through other electronic communications.
The Hilarity for Charity Advisory Board will evaluate each application and determine which families receive a caregiving grant. The goal is to provide a grant to as many families as possible based on availability of funding and service hours at a local Home Instead Senior Care office.
Types of Care Services Offered through the Grant
Families that receive an Alzheimer’s Care Grant will get personalized services delivered by a skilled and trained CAREgiverSM. Professional, in-home dementia care provided by the Home Instead Senior Care network can:
- Allow the senior to remain safe at home
- Encourage engagement
- Provide nutritious meals
- Create social interaction
- Provide mind-stimulating activities
- Track changing behaviors
- Honor who the senior was earlier in life
- Support the family
Who Benefits from Free In-Home Care Services?
Professional in-home caregiving benefits everyone within the orbit of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The affected loved one gets help with activities of daily living, and family members can obtain respite from the constant demands caregiving places on them. The Alzheimer’s Care Grants may be used to provide new caregiving services to someone who has never taken advantage of in-home caregiving before, or a grant may be used to fund respite hours for family members who need a break.
Apply Online Today
If you work with clients who could benefit by receiving free Alzheimer’s services, please encourage them to fill out the online application on HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com. Together, the Home Instead Senior Care network, Hilarity for Charity and the Alzheimer’s Association want to bring support to families struggling to meet the demands of this condition.
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