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Caregiver Respite Grant Program

Caregiver Respite Grant Program

Who is a Caregiver Respite Grant for?
The Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota Caregiver Respite Grant is for the live-in caregiver of a person with Parkinson’s or other related movement disorder, living in Minnesota or one of its bordering U.S. states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin).

You, the caregiver, are not eligible for a Caregiver Respite Grant if:

  1. The person with Parkinson’s or another related movement disorder is eligible for funding under Medical Assistance/Medicaid, EW, ACG, CADI other county or state needs-based programs.
  2. The person with Parkinson’s or another related movement disorder is eligible for services from the Veterans Administration.
  3. If medical or long-term care insurance is in effect for the person with Parkinson’s disease.
  4. The person with Parkinson’s or another related movement disorder is a permanent resident of a full-time care facility or assisted lviing facility.

If approved, how can you use the grant dollars?

  1. Out-of-home care: $1,000 will pay for approximately 10-12 full days at a day program
  2. Short term care at a full-time care facility
  3. In home care: with a range of $26-$34 per hour, in-home care can provide:
    *Homemaker/companions who can assist with safety supervision, social support, medication reminders.
    *Home health aides who can assist with grooming, transfers, dressing, bathing or other personal cares.
    *Respite care while the caregiver ‘gets away,’ either for a few hours, a day, or longer.

How do I apply?  The grant guidelines, application and diagnosis statement are available here
 

This is what some past grant recipients have shared with us:

“This grant will be used to cover costs of a respite care person to attend to my husband so that I can get ‘out and about’ a little! It means so very much to both of us! Being a caregiver 24/7 is a bit challenging at times, to say the least.”

“Thank you so much for the grant. We are using it for a day care program. My husband looks forward to the days he goes there. Being able to use outside services gives us new things, more activities and a positive staff to attend to him. Often these elements are missing in the home setting as the stress of the illness takes its toll.”

“I did not know this option (Caregiver Respite Grant) was available. So often, we, the caregivers, feel totally alone in dealing with situations that develop in the Parkinson’s patient. It is comforting to know that we are NOT alone, thanks to the kindness and financial assistance provided by your organization.”

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