Here at NPFM we are very excited to offer three great opportunities for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. We truly believe that providing help and support for those living with Parkinson’s disease is the best way to raise awareness. After creating our first support grant and helping others, NPFM decided to evaluate the most prominent needs of people living with Parkinson’s and their families.
After doing our research and having conversations with people living with Parkinson’s, we added two more support grants to our program. Today, we have three support grants that each have a different focus. The first is a caregiver respite care grant, the second is a help-at-home grant, and the third is an exercise grant.
Wondering what each grant is all about? Here are some short descriptions:
— Caregiver respite care grant: This grant is for the live-in caregiver of a person with Parkinson’s or another related movement disorder living in Minnesota or one of its bordering U.S. states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin), allowing the caregiver a period of respite, or relief, from everyday responsibilities.
— Help-at-home grant: This grant is for a person with Parkinson’s or another related movement disorder living in Minnesota or one of its bordering U.S. states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin) to assist with general maintenance of a residential dwelling.
— Exercise grant: This grant is for a person with Parkinson’s or another related movement disorder living in Minnesota or one of its bordering U.S. states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin) to help the person with Parkinson’s get active through exercise programs.
Everyone at NPFM is continuously fundraising in order to support these grants and help as many people as possible. And the best part? We know that we can help.
“[The respite grant] was a gift for both [my husband] and I…I plan to continue encouraging caregivers to apply for the PAM grants that they can use for in-home care, adult day programs, or out-of home care. The respite break the grants provide are needed and deserved by caregivers.”
- Lorna Breiter
” We received the grant so that [my husband] could use the respite care services in The Kenwood Retirement Community…We both came home refreshed and told everyone about this terrific service. THANK YOU!”
- Vivian Jenkins Nelsen
“It is difficult to find the words to express the value to me of respite funding granted by the Parkinson Association of Minnesota…The freedom to hire a caregiver for the times I would like to attend meetings or meet with friends has given me flexibility i would not otherwise had…I would appreciate an opportunity to apply again.”
- Barbara Breckenridge
“We have the Parkinson Association to thank for the kind of support that enables mom and me to hope and plan…Thank you Parkinson Association of Minnesota for understanding how to best help Mom and me address our most pressing need. You’re great!”
- Don Piche
All of this great feedback from our grant recipients give us all of the motivation we need to continue fundraising and helping people with Parkinson’s. Here at NPFM we believe in support and we will do whatever it takes to be Parkinson’s Warriors.
Interested in receiving one of our grants for you or a loved one?
Individuals/families are welcome to apply for ONE of the three grants within a 12-month period. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted, and will be handled in the order they are received by the NPFM office.
NPFM looks forward to working with the Parkinson’s community in issuing these grants. For more information, call the NPFM office at 763.545.1272 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.