Support Programs

Alzheimer’s Family & Caregiver Support Programs
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance, coordinates the Alzheimer’s Family & Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP) on behalf of Dane County.

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.

For more information, or to apply for this program in Dane County, please contact:
Mary Severson, AFCSP Coordinator
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance
(608) 441-8420 or (888) 308-6251

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.

AFCSP funds can be used to pay for:

  • In-home respite care/ companionship
  • Adult day care
  • Personal care services such as bathing
  • Adaptive equipment & supplies
  • Any other goods or services that are necessary (because of the dementia) to maintain the person with dementia as a member of the household

To qualify for AFCSP funding in Dane County, the person with dementia must:

  • Reside in Dane County in a home setting: not a facility
  • Have a diagnosis of irreversible dementia from a physician (we will Fax a form for the physician to sign)
Support Programs: Pat Wilson Caregiver Respite Grant
We created the Pat Wilson Caregiver Respite Grant in 2018 to honor Pat Wilson—former ADAW Family Support & Education Coordinator.

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.

To apply for the Pat Wilson Caregiver Respite Grant, please contact: support@alzwisc.org or call (888) 308-6251.

Pat Wilson Caregiver Respite Grant funds can be used to pay for:

  • Adult day care
  • Personal care services
  • Adaptive equipment & supplies
  • Good and services required due to dementia
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Your donations help us provide help and support to those living with memory loss and those who care for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementia. We are your partner along the journey!
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