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The goal of this program is to help families care for their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease or other irreversible dementia at home, and thereby avoid or forestall the high costs of institutional care. The program does this by helping families obtain and pay for goods and services, that are needed to provide good care for their loved ones at home. Up to $1,500 per year is available for each eligible household, depending upon income and need. A waiting list is maintained for new applicants, when necessary.
If the person with dementia and his/her spouse have an expected gross annual income of $48,000 or less, they will meet the income requirement.
In Dane County, AFCSP participants cannot be simultaneously enrolled in Care Wisconsin Family Care, Care Wisconsin Partnership, i-Care Partnership, IRIS, Dane County Supportive Home Care, or the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP).
This grant is supported by the organizers of the annual Ales for Alzheimer’s event.
Note: Each Wisconsin county receives AFCSP funding from the State and has some discretion as to how funds will be distributed. For more information regarding AFCSP in other counties, contact that county, the Wisconsin DHFS Bureau of Aging, or the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance.
To qualify for AFCSP funding in Dane County, the person with dementia must:
Pat, who worked with us for seventeen years, was an energetic, innovative, and beloved part of our work family. Pat was a strong believer in providing “care for the caregiver” to families who struggle with the work-life balance of caregiving.
To date, twenty-one grants have been awarded to families who care for family members living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The grant is funded in part by Ales for Alzheimer’s—an annual fundraising “happy hour” sponsored by the Ales for Alzheimer’s organization.