Apply for a Dementia Home Care Grant
HFC® (formerly Hilarity for Charity) and the Home Instead® network are working together to award home care grants to those providing care to their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The HFC Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Grants are awarded across the United States and Canada. The goal of the grant program is to provide exceptional home care to families affected by this disease, and to give these families support and rest. These grants are facilitated by Home Instead, where available. These grants are for respite care hours, there is no cash value.
What’s Included in 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 Care Professional!). Alzheimer’s care services funded through the grant program will be delivered by a highly skilled and trained Home Instead Care Professional. 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 and dementia 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.
To be eligible for the Recharge Relief Grant or the Extended Relief Respite Grant, the Care Professional(s) or loved one living with Alzheimer’s & dementia must be professionally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and fit within the following criteria.
- Currently living at home with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
- Care Professional(s) is facing financial and emotional hardships due to the unique challenges of Alzheimer’s or related Dementia.
- Resides in the United States or Canada.
*Only one application per person will be accepted on a quarterly basis. Grant program not available in Puerto Rico or other US territories.
Respite Grant Options
Recharge Respite Grant
The Recharge Respite Grant is a one-time grant of 50 hours of respite care to be used within 3 months of being awarded. If awarded a Recharge Respite Grant, upon completion of this grant, applicants are able to reapply for another grant if needed. This grant is designed to provide respite to family Care Professionals that need to take time to personally recharge and focus on themselves.
Extended Relief Respite Grant
The Extended Relief Respite Grant is a six-month grant of 25 hours of respite care per week for six months (24 weeks). Upon completion of this grant, applicants are able to reapply for another grant if needed. This grant is designed to provide extended respite to family Care Professionals who need to take time to focus on their personal and professional lives.
Due to limited funding, there are a limited number of Extended Relief Grants available. The review committee will award grants based on available funding and need.
Completing the Grant Application
Only online applications are accepted. Provide a thorough narrative of your caregiving situation.
Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. After submitting the application you will be contacted via email within 60-90 days. All applicants will be notified of their status.
- Grant awards will be limited to a maximum of THREE (3) awards per applicant within an 18-month period;
- Of those three grant awards, there is a maximum limit of TWO (2) Extended Relief Grants;
- Once the maximum number of grant awards is reached, the grant recipient will be eligible to reapply 18-months from the start of the first grant awarded;
- Grant recipients will be notified via email when they are eligible to apply again.
Please note: Applicants are not guaranteed THREE (3) grants or any specific level of the grant within the 18-month time period. Additionally, reapplying does not guarantee that applicants will receive a new grant or the same level of grant award received in the past.
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Grant Recipient Stories
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 Care Professionals. 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.
But there is hope and light along the caregiving journey. These family Care Professionals share their experiences providing care for a loved one and the value the Dementia Home Care Grant had for their families.
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