Comstock Respite Grant

Please review the following information before applying.

Comstock Respite Grant Goals:

  • Help family care partners to meet their own needs while caring for a loved one at home.
  • Provide time off (respite) for unpaid care partners.
  • Help full-time unpaid care partners access healthcare services or goods to maintain their own emotional, psychological and physical health.
  • Maintain or improve care-partner well-being through use of respite and/or self-care which may enable the person with frontotemporal degeneration to remain home longer.

Types of Respite Care and other services:

Care partners must locate and arrange all respite care and other services. Options may include but are not limited to:

  • In-home care (including family members and other community resources)
  • Adult day services
  • Short-term, overnight care at home or in assisted living or skilled nursing home
  • Mental health counseling or therapy
  • Yoga, mindfulness or other classes or resources to maintain well-being
  • Broadband or internet costs (to maintain on-line support)
  • Medication costs and Insurance co-pays
  • Smartphone or iPad technology for access to on-line support and resources
  • Communication tools (writing board, computer software, apps, etc.)

How to Qualify:

  • Care partner and person with FTD must live together and be residents of the U.S.
  • Funds cannot be used for respite care if the individual with FTD is currently receiving respite care through Hospice or any service covered by Medicare, Veterans Administration or other public healthcare benefits.
  • Provide copies of diagnostic report(s) showing how the diagnosis of FTD was made. A copy of a full evaluation by the diagnosing physician is preferred. Other acceptable records include a report from neuropsychological testing and/or brain imaging tests such as MRI or PET scans. If diagnostic records are not available, a letter from a current physician detailing what diagnostic records they have seen may be acceptable.
  • The confidentiality of all personal information is protected. Medical records are destroyed after initial grant is approved.

Stipulations:

  • Applicant is responsible for contracting with the service vendor of his or her choice.
  • AFTD will only reimburse grantees for expenses incurred AFTER the date a grant is approved
  • Applicant is responsible for ensuring that the bill for services rendered or other receipts are available to AFTD upon request.
  • AFTD will reimburse grantee for up to $500.
  • Submit additional medical records from current physician when applying for every fifth respite grant
  • Contact AFTD If you cannot use grant funds within six months of the approval date.

For questions related to the Comstock Grant Program, or for assistance in completing this application, please contact us at comstockgrants@theaftd.org

Please complete this form to apply for an AFTD FY20-21 Comstock Grant.

Comstock Respite Grant Application

IMPORTANT NOTICE: AFTD begins a new fiscal year on July 1st. If you have received a grant in our current fiscal year please wait until after July 1st to reapply. If you have any questions please contact us at ComstockGrants@theaftd.org.
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Supporting Documentation

First-time applicants must submit medical records documenting an FTD diagnosis before a grant can be approved. If you have questions, please contact comstockgrants@theaftd.org .

Upload medical records documenting FTD diagnosis or mail to: AFTD, 2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Supporting Documentation
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