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Until you’ve cared for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, it’s difficult to understand the toll it can take on family caregivers.

“People who know little about dementia do not understand the all-encompassing stress of being a caregiver. It is too much.” Those powerful words come from family caregiver Barbara, who cared for her mother with dementia until she passed away a few years ago.

Barbara was pursuing a college degree when her mother was diagnosed with dementia. When the caregiving burden became too much for her mother’s husband to handle, Barbara moved her mother into her own home.

“I had a lot going on in my life, but having my mom quadrupled that,” Barbara says. “Suddenly you have to take responsibility for every aspect of another person’s life: financial, legal. You have to be their health advocate. It takes a lot of stamina to get everything done.”

And, of course, family caregivers also have to provide the daily assistance their loved one needs. Providing care to a parent or spouse with a chronic disease can consume every second of your day. It can become hard to find the time to take a moment for yourself. Being stretched so thin can lead to guilt because you feel you cannot be all the places you should be, doing all the things you should be doing—especially if you have no other family members to help you, as was Barbara’s case.

Several months into her caregiving journey, Barbara heard about the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program, a project of Home Instead Senior Care®, Hilarity for Charity and the Alzheimer’s Association. “I belong to a closed group on Facebook for Alzheimer’s caregivers, and it mentioned the grant program so I thought I would fill out the application,” Barbara said.

Hilarity for Charity and the Alzheimer’s Association Grants

The grant program awards caregiving grants to families throughout the U.S. and Canada to give them support and rest. Tapping funds raised by Hilarity for Charity, an initiative spearheaded by comedian Seth Rogen and his wife to raise money and Alzheimer’s awareness, the grants offer free professional caregiving services through a local Home Instead Senior Care franchise.

When 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 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’s partnership with Home Instead Senior Care provides 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.

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.

The First Thing Barbara Did with her Free Time

“To be honest, I forgot all about the application after I submitted it,” Barbara said. “Then, a few months later, I heard I’d received an award for 25 hours of care per week for 52 weeks. I called my local Home Instead Senior Care office to arrange it.”

While the award is financial in nature, perhaps the greatest benefit it confers to caregivers is the gift of time. “Receiving the grant freed me up to leave the house, because Mom was at the stage where she couldn’t be left alone,” said Barbara.

Barbara’s mother could not be left alone for any length of time, due to the severity of her dementia. That meant Barbara had to provide 24-hour supervision, with no time to take care of her own needs. She couldn’t even take a few minutes to tend her yard.

“The grant affected my quality of life tremendously,” Barbara said. “The first thing I did was take some time for myself. If I wanted to go down in the yard and do something for a while, I could do it. If I needed to run down to the post office, I could do it.”

The grant also benefited Barbara’s mother by providing social stimulation from someone other than her daughter. “I think the biggest benefit for Mom was the fact she had interactions with someone different from me,” Barbara said. “Just knowing there is someone there who will hold your hand and care...that means a lot [to people with dementia].”

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 complementary 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.

Last revised: May 6, 2019

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  1. September 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm | Posted by Rose Herity

    My husband has dementia/Alzheimer's disease. To talk to him about one doesn't seem to think so, but he has lost many things, his jewelry, keys, etc.and gets lost while we are out. I tried getting him a phone, but he failed to know how to use it. Puts things away so I can't find them. Just to mention a few things


  2. August 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm | Posted by Jane

    Trying to find support for my daughters family caring for her mother-in-law. Desperate need for time off and funds to pay part-time caregiver. Please help! Grateful for anything! She is in Jasper, Alabama. Thank you for your consideration.


  3. June 21, 2017 at 11:43 pm | Posted by Cheryl

    My 84 year old Father-in-Law and his 83 year old wife have been living independently, never asking for help, govt assistance etc. He is a Veteran but only started using VA services this year when they could no longer afford private insurance for him (the children would have gladly paid had we only known they were going to drop it). He went to VA for chest pains. After 4-5 hours of tests he didn't know where he was, no longer recognized his home, was hallucinating and since he was already blind in one eye with his retina detaching in the other eye, he fell over and over once he was home. He needs one-on-one care because he is blind now but doesn't know he is blind, he has alzheimers with behavior disorders and he is 6'5" and 180 lbs. We have found one facility that will take him but we have to pay for the one-on-one care 24x7x365 days (or however long he has before this horrific disease robs him of the ability to stand up and fall) at $22 per hour. With the cost of the care facility its over $18K per month. I'm 5'2" and 140# as is his 83 year old wife. We couldn't care for him, even though we would like to, because if he started falling we would just fall with him due to his size. There are several more facets to our story, but I think all of you understand our plight. We are not a family that asks for handouts. We all work and take care of ourselves and our families, but we are at a loss. We are like all of you who posted - we love him and want the best possible care for this lovely, independent (was), funny man. We just don't have the financial resources. Good luck to you all.


  4. April 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm | Posted by Savannah Matthews

    I am 25 years old, a full time law student that commutes daily, and my father is 64 years old and has early/medium stages of Alzheimer's and dementia. My mom has 2 tumors, and a lot of health problems. I moved out of my apartment and into my fathers house to care for him while I'm not at school, and my older brother lives with us as well and cares for him during the day. We had so much trouble and still are with Social Security, Long Term Disability,unemployment, and now its getting harder to make sure he is taken care of and not lonely. My parents are divorced, but my mom is the best and even with her health issues, takes part in taking him to his doctors and getting his medications when we cannot. It is so sad and hard to watch. I love and miss my dad so much in regards to conversations we would have before, now things are different but we are keeping a smile on his face, which is what matters.


    • April 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm | Posted by Savannah Matthews

      I have applied for this grant, and we are hoping and praying for any extra help we can get. Seth and his wife creating this organization brings such a smile to my face. I hope we can get some assistance through this organization and it continues to thrive so that a cure is found.


  5. March 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm | Posted by jan seits

    My husband and I have been taking care of his mom for over 6yrs now, her condition has begun to deteriorate more rapidly this past 2yrs As we live several miles from pavement and more to reach the closet town we find ourselves questioning our ability to take care of mom properly with no real options to do otherwise. Alzheimer and dementia are both horrible diseases taking away people's dignity as well as their life


  6. June 29, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Posted by maryann amukamarq

    i am a cna looking for a job. im very hary working


    • June 30, 2016 at 10:18 am | Posted by Home Instead

      Maryann, Thank you for your interest in Home Instead Senior Care! Since each franchise is independently owned and operated, please contact the local branch in your area for employment opportunities and to ask any questions that you may have. We can’t guarantee there will be employment opportunities with the local Home Instead Senior Care business; you’ll need to contact the local office directly to see if they’re hiring. You can go to our website at to get phone numbers for the branch in your area.


  7. April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm | Posted by Tamara Schroeder

    I am caring for my 81 year old mom with Alzheimers. I have been doing this for 10 years.


  8. March 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm | Posted by ron hahn

    We are in the same boat. Mom has severe dementia and as a result can not recall that some one has been to see her. Lack of recall means she is lonely now all the time. while she is in assisted living, this only provides her with her basic needs. A clean room and clothing, meals and bathing. They do a great job of that and the facility is beautiful. we want to keep her there but she must be able to function at a certian level. we need someone to assist us during the work week as we can not visit with her in that time. She was able to wait and look forward to weekends with us but can no longer work with time and know when she has had time with us and anticipate the next visit so she is constantly lonely. we need someone to help and are turning to home instead in hopes that they can assist. I will keep the viewers of this site posted as I go thru the process. What is offered sounds so good but we have been constantly disappointed with othe program claims vs what they actually do. I was referred to it by a friend who works for Home Instead, so i am hoping this will be the ticket to give my mom the support she needs and most certianly deserves. more later


  9. January 30, 2015 at 11:05 am | Posted by Patti Gelzleichter

    I am caring for my husband, who has Alzheimers...he is becoming more difficult daily and while I have access to some assistance, I'm his major caregiver and I will be 83 years old on February 11, It's wearing me out!


  10. January 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm | Posted by Sandra

    My Mom is in Assisted Living but her ins policy runs out in Feb. 2015. Her Dementia has gotten so bad so fast that she never wants to be left alone at all. At this rate, her little bit of money is vanishing fast! Please help as she needs to have one on one care but there isn't any way we can afford this and I am getting desperate for suggestions! Thanks, Sandra


  11. December 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Posted by Hariton Sprinceanu

    I have been in charge of my sister's affairs (she is 77) and has an early dementia. I am interested in your program as I am running out of solutions to support her needs. I would appreciate it if you could get back to me with some help. Truly H. Sprinceanu


    • December 31, 2014 at 9:17 am | Posted by Cat Koehler

      Thank you for your interest. You can apply for the grant at


  12. December 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm | Posted by Shirley McGee

    My husband passed away with dementia with Alz. the 29th of June this year. I was lucky enough to have Home Instead and they were a great help. We had/have both Home and Long Term Care mainly because we thought it more important than trips around the world and boy were we right. My husband was "tossed" out of 3 places mainly because they were not correctly staffed. We were lucky we found a place the last 8 months of his life that was perfect for him. I am using Home Instead as I cared for my husband too long before I decided I needed help and I am sure it took a toll on my health. 80 year olds cannot possibly care for people with this disease. I am so glad you are helping, it is soooo needed out there and it is only going to get worse with the growing number of people coming down with this dreadful disease. It takes a special person to care for them the right way. D/A people know a lot more than we give them credit for. I never allowed myself to be negative around my husband as he would pick up on it as he would know the mood of anyone around him. There is so much to tell but that is all I will say at this time. Thanks again for helping.


    • December 17, 2014 at 10:35 am | Posted by Suzaye J

      Thank you for sharing,Shirley. I am in the same boat, only it's my mom. She lives with my husband and me and we have paid caregivers as well as myself. We can afford only so much so a lot of it falls on me. I lost my job even though on FMLA. But it's fine because I can be here with mom and manage her care. She is a precious little lady.... you did great, all of us do what we can and we do great!


  13. December 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Posted by MB

    I applied over 2 months ago and have still not heard from them.


    • December 17, 2014 at 10:36 am | Posted by Suzaye J

      I applied too. I think we will hear something in January 2015. That's what I read somewhere. It can't come soon enough, huh? Appreciate all you do... I am in the same boat caring for my 84 y.o. mom. Take care!


  14. December 12, 2014 at 7:14 am | Posted by sandy Adkins

    Yes more info


  15. December 10, 2014 at 10:52 am | Posted by Betty Bates

    I am a caregiver for spouse and would enjoy time away.


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