We know caring for a family member with dementia can be an emotionally and physically demanding responsibility. We also know that caregivers have difficulty keeping personal appointments, tending to other family matters or simply taking time off for self-care. Additionally, caregivers often require assistance coordinating the resources needed for caregiving.
For these reasons and more, there is our Dementia Caregiver Assistance Program. The program is designed to help families throughout the state receive one-time financial assistance during a time of need, allowing caregivers temporary relief (respite) or resources for their caregiving journey.
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.
Items that may be covered by Caregiver Assistance Fund:
Initial Assessment by an Aging Life Care Professional – Offsets the cost of a holistic, client-centered assessment of the skills required in caring for ongoing health challenges in the home.
Home Safety Evaluation – Offsets the cost of a professional safety evaluation of both the person living with dementia and their caregivers. It does not cover the cost of medical equipment or technology devices to enhance the independence of the person living with dementia.
Short-term Caregiver Respite –Referrals and/or funds to cover one-time respite for medical appointments, family emergencies and life events. Please note this fund is NOT designed for ongoing respite or home care.
- The Dementia Caregiver Assistance Fund 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).
- The person living with dementia must be living at home or in a private residence.
- Caregiver and the person living with dementia must live in the state of North Carolina.
- The program is intended for direct service related to caring for a person living with dementia.
- Priority is given to first time applicants. Application will be prioritized based on greatest need and available funding.
- Funding must be used within 90 days of approval.
- Applications MUST be filled out by a family member NOT solely by an agency.
- Recipients receiving funds for respite may use professional services or a private caregiver as long as they do not live in the same home.
The Dementia Caregiver Assistance Fund is designed as ONE-TIME assistance. The program is NOT:
- for families of people living with dementia who are in a care community full time.
- an ongoing means of financial support/income for families living with dementia.
- designed to pay for ongoing caregiver respite, home health care, and long term care
- funds to pay for vacation or other personal caregiver expenses
- direct care from our organization, our staff or anyone employed by our organization.
If you are not sure if this is the right program for you and wish to to speak with our Director of Family services, please contact DeeDee Harris at DHarris@DementiaNC.org or 919.832.3732.
To apply for the Dementia Caregiver Assistance Fund, a family caregiver must complete the application below. You will be notified within 10 business days on the status of your application.