Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be exhausting and isolating. Family caregivers often juggle their careers and families so they can take on this important role. Many times, they abandon their own social lives and interests and put their own health in jeopardy to be able to provide care for their loved one with the disease. A little support and training is beneficial, but even the most adept caregiver can't go it alone.
The Alzheimer's Association reports that more than one-third of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers experience symptoms of depression, and more than half of caregivers report declining health since they've placed the care of their loved ones and neglected their own health. Consequently, many chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes occur at nearly twice the rate among family caregivers.
Home Instead Senior Care and Hilarity for Charity teamed up last year to create the Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program to help these families caring for a loved one with dementia. The program provides grants to families in the U.S. and Canada for in-home care by professional caregivers who are experienced and trained to care for individuals with dementia.
The granted hours allow family caregivers to have a much needed break. It's an opportunity to get to their own doctor appointments, connect with friends, or just enjoy some time to themselves all while having the peace of mind that their loved one is receiving individualized care from a Home Instead CAREGiver.
The Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program is funded by donations to Hilarity for Charity. In 2014, the charity's annual Variety Show raised nearly $1 million. In addition, Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners in the U.S. and Canada have pledged more than 37,000 hours of in-home care to grant recipients.
To apply for the Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program and explore other resources and support opportunities, visit www.HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.