In April of 1997, Alzheimer's of Central Alabama (ACA) hosted a Garden
Art Party and Auction to raise money for dementia patients to receive
scholarships to attend adult day care centers. The fundraiser was successful
in raising approximately $40,000. We continue to have this annual fundraiser
as part of our way of funding this program.
This is a unique service that no other agency or organization is offering
in the state of Alabama. ACA was established in 1992, by a group of family
and professional caregivers hoping to improve the quality of life for
some of Alabama's 84,000 Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. The Scholarship Program is ACA's first "direct service"
We are proud to have raised money to initiate this program, but with
our funding the program will be modest. Our Board of Directors and the
Patient and Caregiver Services Committee have reviewed this Scholarship
Program and feel that it is at least a beginning. We are dedicated to
offering additional services and programs as funds become available.
ADULT DAY CARE SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS
ACA will award scholarships for dementia patients to attend adult day
care centers who have agreed to participate in the program. Scholarships
will be for up to $250 per month or for up to two days per week.
Patient must reside within one of the twenty-one
counties ACA serves: Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cleburne, Chilton, Clay, Coosa,
Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby,
St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, or Walker.
have a dementing illness.
The patient must have a caregiver.
Scholarships for up to $250.00 per month will be awarded for dementia
patients to attend adult day care centers for up to two days per week.
The caregiver is responsible for selecting the center that best fits
their patient's needs.
A scholarship award will be for one year, with
the possibility for renewal at year's end.
Placements are reevaluated
every six months for continued appropriateness.
make every effort to publicize the availability of the funds for scholarships
through our newsletter. As our time and our resources allow, information
will be distributed to home health agencies, social workers, case managers,
support group facilitators and through the newsletter distributed to the
trainers of the Dementia Education Training Program, DETA.
/ individuals will assist caregivers in applying for the scholarships.
The referring agency/individual
is asked to attempt to verify the application information, but is not
held legally responsible for the information provided.
are fourteen participating adult day care centers.
A listing of all participating
centers with descriptions of their services is provided in the Scholarship
Among participating centers some variation exists
in services provided and degree of impairment accepted.
It is the responsibility
of the applicant (with assistance from the referring agency/individual
if needed) to contact the centers of their preference to confirm their
ability to care for the patient appropriately.
In applying for a scholarship,
a caregiver is asked to provide a summary of their finances and their
A scholarship review committee made up of three
ACA board members, who are not affiliated with an adult day care center,
and two community representatives will make the selections.
On average, forty to fifty
scholarships are awarded each year.
The scholarship review committee and
the board of directors of ACA will review the application process and
would welcome public comment on the process.
After this review of the
process, applications would again be accepted for two months, the review
committee would then select new applicants. Applications will stay on
file for one year.
ACA will pay the day care center for the days the participant
attends, under the scholarship arrangement. Payment will be mailed
the first week of each month for the previous month.
Below you can print
the application form for the scholarship program. The ACA Scholarship
committee will review your application at their next scheduled meeting.
Following their review, you will be notified by mail of their decision.
If you have any questions, please call the ACA office. We look forward
to being of assistance to you.