Thursday, May 3, 2012

Innovations in Caregiving Grants Winners Announced

MetLife Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving announced the recipients of their Innovations in Caregiving Grants Program. The following five organizations received $10,000 start-up grants to replicate family caregiver education and support programs in their local communities.

  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, MN for replicating Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week education program that helps family caregivers of older adults to develop and practice self-care “tools” to thrive as individuals while managing caregiving responsibilities, specifically for the Hmong American community in St. Paul.
  • Friends in Action, A Program of Mountain State Group of Boise, ID for replicating DARTS Workplace Eldercare Seminars, a program to enhance caregiver resourcefulness, competence and confidence as well as assist employers in providing work-life balance for caregivers.
  • The Arc of King County of Seattle, WA for replicating Parent Advocacy Group, a program of regularly scheduled meetings where families of adults with developmental disabilities can learn about important issues, meet other families in similar circumstances, and receive training in advocacy for themselves and their loved one.
  • ALS Association Florida Chapter of Tampa, FL for replicating Caregiver Connection Telephone Support Group, a program to meet the needs of family members caring for people with ALS. Support group facilitators will adapt an already established curriculum to add disease-specific information and coping skills needed by ALS caregivers.
  • Oakland County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Auburn Hills, MI for replicating Interfaith CarePartners, a program that will mobilize volunteers and resources in local congregations and the community, offering an array of direct services such as transportation, chores, housekeeping, repairs and friendly visits, as well as resources, education and support for family caregivers, including in-home respite.