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Home Instead Gives Back with Alzheimer’s Grant Program

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The Home Instead® 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 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.

Program Background

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 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 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 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 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 Together, the Home Instead network, Hilarity for Charity and the Alzheimer’s Association want to bring support to families struggling to meet the demands of this condition.

Last revised: November 25, 2014

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  1. October 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm | Posted by Julie Scotton

    Hello! I am new to this site but wondering if anyone has any tips on dementia in "non" seniors My husband was diagnosed with early onset at 55. He does not work and for the last year we had a woman living in our house as a sort of "babysitter". But he is not so confused that he needs her and I have asked her to move out as her help has been less than I expected. Once I get my house back, I am hoping I can get someone in a few hours a week to visit or check in. I work full time and am trying to figure this out. I have thought of buying a "nanny cam" to keep an eye out and also a GPS tracker, although he hasn't started wandering or getting lost. Mostly his confusion is working with objects (phones, remotes) and he doesn't cook or drive. Anyone have any ideas? I think I'm on the right track, but helpful advice is always appreciated. Thank you everyone!


  2. October 8, 2015 at 11:33 am | Posted by Joanne Berrigan

    Hello, I have a young family who is VERY stressed by the father's early onset dementia and they would like to keep him at home, but definitely need some respite care to do this. They live in Canada. We have both tried to fill in your online application for the grants you have available but we cannot get the option to fill in Ontario/Canada as an option. Can you please help us with this? Thank you very much for your time. Sincerely; Joanne Berrigan, Volunteer Coordinator, Acclaim Health.


  3. January 16, 2015 at 11:40 am | Posted by Beth Lindholm

    My father will be 99 in March. He has a lot of dementia. I have hired my own caregivers who take very good care of him. Our problem is that he is running out of money. I really want to keep my own personally chosen caretakers so this program will not be of help to us? Do you know of any other programs or grants available? Thank you.


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