OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seth and Lauren Rogen have worked hard to ensure families in need of respite care have access to it – and they've been successful. More than $1 million in free in-home care is now available to families coping with Alzheimer's disease. Families can simply apply at http://www.hilarityforcharity.org by Dec. 31 to be considered for a grant.
This much-needed support is supplied by the Hilarity for Charity® and Home Instead Senior Care Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program. Hilarity for Charity®, a movement established with the Alzheimer's Association®, is led by actors and writers Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease among millennial generations. Through their partnership with Home Instead Senior Care®, Hilarity for Charity has offered grants for in-home care services to eligible U.S. and Canadian families since October 2014. In 2015, more than 24,700 hours of care have been awarded to Alzheimer's families in need.
"Alzheimer's disease requires near constant care, which is exhausting for families without professional help," said Seth Rogen, whose mother-in-law was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 55. "We've raised these funds to help those families who may not otherwise have access to this type of care."
Grant recipients will be connected with a Home Instead office in their community, which will provide free care services from a professional CAREGiverSM specially trained in effectively and compassionately assisting individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Grants range from short-term grants of 25 hours to long-term care, based on the need of the family.
"Families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease often neglect to care for themselves," said Jeff Huber, president and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care. "At Home Instead, we take the utmost pride in being able to connect families coping with Alzheimer's disease with our highly-skilled CAREGivers so that they may have peace of mind that their loved ones are in excellent hands while they're away."
According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2014 friends and families caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours in care. And they are in dire need of support. Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers had $9.7 billion in additional health care costs of their own.
"I've seen firsthand the devastating toll caregiving can take on families," said Lauren Miller Rogen. "Until we find a cure for this horrific disease, we have to come together to do what we can to support families living with Alzheimer's disease. Until there is a cure, there is care."
The Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program is funded by Hilarity for Charity donations, including the organization's annual Variety Show fundraiser at which more than $2.5 million was raised in 2015. Individuals living in Canada or the U.S. and providing care to the nearly six million loved ones in North America living with Alzheimer's disease are eligible to apply. All applicants are also encouraged to seek out other free caregiver resources available, including free caregiver trainings.
For more information about the Alzheimer's Care Grant Program, including how you can donate or apply for future respite care grants, visit www.HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.
About Hilarity for Charity
In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen (along with some amazing friends), created Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a movement to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease among the millennial generation. They later established the Hilarity for Charity Fund as part of the Alzheimer's Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research. Since its inception, Hilarity for Charity has raised over $5 million to support these efforts. Through evenings filled with music and comedy, the flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer's advocates. Join the online conversation by using the hashtag #HFC and following Hilarity for Charity on Twitter (@Hilar4Charity), Instagram (@hilarityforcharity) and liking us on Facebook.com/hilarity4charity. For more information, hilarityforcharity.org.
About Alzheimer's Association®
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit alz.org®.
About Home Instead Senior Care®
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 15 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGivers℠ worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual's needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.
SOURCE Hilarity for Charity; Home Instead Senior Care