We know caring for a dependent family member with dementia can be a very emotionally and physically demanding responsibility. We also know that sometimes caregivers have difficulty attending personal medical appointments, tending to other family matters or simply taking some time off for self-care. Sometimes a caregiver needs help coordinating resources to aid their caregiving journey. For these reasons and more, there is our Dementia Caregiver Assistance Program.
The Dementia Caregiver Assistance Program is designed to help families throughout the state to receive one-time financial assistance in a time of need, allowing caregivers to get relief or needed resources to aid in their caregiving journey. Average amount awarded is $750 per family per year based on funding availability.
Please note, this program is funded by private donors and no government funding is collected to administer this program. Assistance is limited and not designed to provide ongoing means of financial support.
Potential Items covered by Caregiver Assistance Program:
Initial Assessment by an Aging Life Care Professional – A holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges in the home.
Home Safety Evaluation – There are times when a home safety evaluation is need to ensure the safety of both the person living with dementia and their caregivers. Medical equipment and technology devices may be suggested to help enhance independence of the person living with dementia and allow them to remain in their home longer. Some evaluations are not covered under the person’s insurance requiring the need for financial assistance.
Short Term Caregiver Respite – Assistance by making referrals and funds available to pay for respite care so that primary care partners can get time off from caring for a loved one to take necessary time for personal matters.
- The Dementia Caregiver Assistance Programs is for care partners of people with a diagnosis of dementia (to include Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia and other related dementias).
- Person living with dementia is still living at home or a private residence.
- Recipients receiving funds for respite may use professional services or a private caregiver as long as they do not live in the same home.
- Caregiver and person living with dementia must live in the state of North Carolina.
- Priority given to first time applicants. Application will be approved based on greatest need and based on available funding.
- Funding must be used within 90 days of approval.
The Dementia Caregiver Assistance Program is NOT:
- an ongoing means of financial support.
- direct care from our organization, our staff or anyone employed by our organization.
- for families of people living with dementia who are in a care community full time.
- funds to pay for vacation or other expenses other than for direct service related to caring person living with dementia.
- a means of income for families living with dementia.
- long term care funding.
- continuous funds to pay for home health care.
To apply for the Dementia Caregiver Assistance Program, family caregiver must fill out application below in full and completely. To obtain a hard copy of this application, please contact Dee Dee at the information below.
You will be notified within 10 business days on the status of your application. For questions, please contact Dee Dee Harris at DHarris@DementiaNC.org or 919.832.3732.