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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. November 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Posted by Christopher J Kempton

    I been taking care of mom for ten years. She stage nine and it's horrible. I would have put her in nursing home but I'm the only one she knows . I promised not to put her in . My wife is not well. So I have her to care for. I'm on social security disability and not able to do much. I have to shuffle money every month and some things dont get paid on time. MY life is a combination of washing and changing mom washing bed cloths night gowns floors plastic on bed. Helping my wife as she has had surgery many times. Washing dishes cooking house work and theres always something new every day. I have two people that depend on me and I can handle all that but not being able to pay the bill is out of my hand. I have been borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and I'm running out of options. And have bills that I dont know how I will ever pay. I have people supposably family that haven't as much as called in ten years. Same people that run her house up to where she lost it and at least 100 thousand in deft. I would like to be able to pay all my bills in the same month. There's more but THANK YOU for letting me vent Sincerely Christopher Kempton

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  2. November 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm | Posted by Judy sackowski

    Encouraging and heartfelt story. Admiration for you.

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  3. November 4, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Posted by Chris Keese

    I am SO SORRY for you! I understand COMPLETELY. However, it's my SISTER that needs care and she was abused and neglected at the nursing home. All her clothes were stolen, she developed a pressure sore, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, CDIFF diarrhea and now the skin in her groin and buttocks has completely sloughed off due to being left in urine and diarrhea for days. It's pathetic and she was dressing, walking, Facebooking, playing Bingo AND was NEVER incontinent one month ago when she entered the facility for rehab. She is only 63, was a Nurse Clinician for 30+ years in maternity and worked from the day she was 16 years old. It's disgusting. oeace, PRAYERS AND Comfort FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR mom.

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  4. 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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    • November 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm | Posted by Deirdre

      I deeply regret you having to experience this. I lost my mother April 19, 2015. This came after loosing our dog April 15th and our bird April 17th. Needless to say the worse week of my life! One day in January, my mother stood to go the bathroom and her hip broke. Because she was functioning (walking, feeding herself, going to the bathroom, dressing herself, etc) on her own, the doctor suggested replacing the hip to restore her back to her prior condition. That was followed by rehab (YEAH RIGHT). As you stated it was awful! She was not rehabbed at all and her state consequently went from dementia to that of a two-year old child with Alzheimer's. I had just started a new job (with only part time hours) and had a freshman and senior in high school. So yes, my plate was full. No one could drive expect me and technically I had to make decisions, appoiitments and oversee everything for everyone. After the rat race of Mardi Gras (daughter in band and choir so parade after parade and Senior year chaos for the other), I decided to take my mother back home and prayed for guidance. No amount meetings with anyone was changing the state of treatment at the rehab facility . I was determined to care for her at home since her regular doctor inquired, "What are you going to to do when you can't take care of her any more?". I responded with, "Who told YOU I would not be able to take care of her?" She stated, "It happens all the time". So I informed her I am living in the moment with the moments I have with her. God will take me through tomorrow. Running behind all of my responsibilities was exhausting. Sleep did not exist only 10 to 30 minute naps day and night. A few weeks after bringing her home and turning things around, I discovered the rehab facility had allowed her to get a pressure ulcer. Down she went...she could no longer sit up so I could not take her on rides with me. We could no longer watch tv together. She became confined to a bed where I was now changing her diapers, cleaning her wound, and rolling her over every 30 minutes to an hour. The last clear thing she said to me is "I'm tired and I know you are too". Ironically, that was a day I happen to have a overwhelming burst of energy flowing through me. I thanked her for all she had done for me and my daughters. The next day I could only get her to sip water and protein drinks. The following day...nothing. The last day I lay at her side holding her hand when her eyes turned bright blue then closed. As I delivered the Eulogy at her funeral the theme was around "I learned to care for my third child". You are correct, only you "get it" like you do. Only those who have walked on your path can carry a heartfelt sympathy for your struggles. So I say to you I understand ...I Get it! Perhaps on your journey you can find inspiration from my favorite poem. I have it on a key chain, a ring, bracelet, necklace, frame, socks, coffee mug. "...It was then that I carried you"

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