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New Grant Program Delivers Alzheimer’s Care to Families in Need

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November 25, 2014

When comedian and actor Seth Rogen married actress Lauren Miller, he married into the “Alzheimer’s family.” You see, Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with the condition a few years ago, at age 55. Rogen quickly learned what a toll Alzheimer’s can take on both the affected person and the family caregivers. As he once told CNN, "I think until you see it firsthand, it's kind of hard to conceive of how brutal it is. Until I saw it, you just don't get kind of how heartbreaking it can be."

Because of their very personal experience with Alzheimer’s, Rogen and Miller created a movement called Hilarity for Charity®. The movement aims to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s and raise funds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Hilarity for Charity has also partnered with Home Instead Senior Care® to provide grants for in-home Alzheimer’s care at no cost to families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Locally owned Home Instead Senior Care franchises across the U.S. and Canada have also pledged more than 37,000 hours of in-home care services, valued at $740,000 to supplement the monetary funding provided by Hilarity for Charity for this program.

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant program delivers much-needed help to families throughout the U.S. and Canada. All you have to do to be considered for a grant is fill out a grant application to be considered for a grant.

The grant program includes a free home care consultation so you can learn more about how these services can benefit your loved one (and you, as a family caregiver!). Alzheimer’s care services funded through the grant program will be delivered by a highly skilled and trained CAREGiverSM. Here are a few of the many ways professional in-home Alzheimer’s care can benefit your loved one:

  • Allows the senior to remain safe at home
  •  Encourages engagement
  •  Provides nutritious meals
  •  Creates social interaction
  •  Provides mind-stimulating activities
  •  Tracks changing behaviors
  •  Honors who the senior was earlier in life
  •  Supports the family

These Alzheimer’s care grants make it possible for you to get some time for yourself—to recharge your caregiving battery—while enjoying the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing your loved one is receiving top-notch care.

You do not need to demonstrate financial need to apply for an Alzheimer’s care grant. Hilarity for Charity and Home Instead Senior Care want to bring complimentary high-quality in-home care to as many people as possible. Anyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is eligible to apply. Apply to receive an Alzheimer’s care grant today.

Alzheimer’s is the opposite of funny. But receiving free respite care may help put a smile back on your face.

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  1. October 16, 2017 at 11:32 pm | Posted by kathlene reents

    My mom had a stroke about 5 years ago and has vascular dementia. At first, we had a caregiver come to the house while I was at work but then mom got worse and there was a 2-hour window where she would have to be alone until I got back from work and I was also up all night with her which made even being at work impossible. I didn't want her to go to a nursing home. I did research the ones around us and they are heartbreaking, to say the least so I quit my job to stay home and care for her. I took care of her for 4 years on my own with no support and no help or relief of any kind. the only way we were making it financially was from my moms SS and disability and the little I was bringing in. In December of last year, she fell and had to go to a rehab center where they put her on the long-term care side because they were doing construction on the rehab side. she was there for only 3 months and the care they gave her was so poor she lost over 35 pounds and wound up in the hospital with malnutrition and severe dehydration. I removed her from there and put her into a memory care facility because I had asked her caseworker for more hours for her care at home and they gave me a total of 6.5 per day. I had quit my job to stay home and care for her 24/7 and was only being compensated by the state for 4 hours a day. well, I wound up burning out. I thought that it would be alright for us both to put her in a facility but since she has been there, there has been many issues regarding her health care, lack of following care plans, issues with safety etc. I have kept on them constantly and it just seems to be one thing after another. I wanted to keep her at home but I have no one, no family or friends to help and I just can't do it all myself. I also because of being so exhausted from caring for her had no energy to do anything else so although she had excellent care she was bored and there was no stimulation for her. I wanted to put her into a memory care daycare program but since I am disabled myself I have no money to do so. the daycare costs $20 per hour and they have to at least be there three days a week in order to participate. that is $160 per day x 3. they also charge $250 for an intake fee. so needless to say we couldn't afford it. I am trying to get her out of the facility where she is now and into one that is supposed to be an actual memory care facility. the home we both lived in for 13 years was being paid for by both of us and we were making it financially ok but now that she is in a facility and the state is taking all of her money we are losing our home. I cannot afford to live here on my own and I can't afford to rent or buy another place. If I could have only been able to physically do it all she would be home where she wants to be and we would not be losing our home. we also are losing the companionship we had with each other as her dementia worsens. I am losing the time I could be spending with my mom. It costs the state over $5000 to keep her in the facility she is in and the care she gets is awful where as if they would have only increased her hours for her to stay at home (or I would have won the lottery) they would have only been paying less than half of that for her to be home. what kind of nonsense is this. she is in a facility, alone and scared getting bare minimum care that is borderline neglectful instead of being at home where she would be safe, warm and content. I just don't understand how they think.

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