Dorothy Rupe Caregiver Program

The Dorothy Rupe Caregiver Program at the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of caregivers providing at-home support to a loved one with dementia. The Foundation achieves this mission through the support of training programs and educational resources for family, professional, and volunteer caregivers. Recent grants include the following:

Alzheimer’s Family Center
$50,000 to create an online education library for dementia caregivers

Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles
$50,000 to disseminate and evaluate “Recuerdos Perdidos/Lost Memories,” telenovela-based caregiver education

Alzheimer’s Orange County
$50,000 to establish satellite locations in north Orange County and expand caregiver education and support services

Alzheimer’s San Diego
$50,000 to revise and enhance the ALZ Companions volunteer training program

Camarillo Health Care District
$35,000 for the REACH Intensive Intervention Program for Alzheimer’s caregivers

Coast Caregiver Resource Center
$15,650 to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Caregiver Survival workshops in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

Conejo Valley Senior Concerns
$20,000 to develop an Alzheimer’s Caregivers Notebook for use in hospital-to-home transitions at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center

Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center
$12,234 to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Sacramento and Placer Counties

ElderHelp of San Diego
$40,000 to support corporate outreach efforts and online education for working family caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance
$50,000 for medication management materials for family caregivers

Hope Hospice
$25,000 to develop and provide Dementia Care Services to caregivers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Hospice of San Luis Obispo
$50,000 for dementia caregiver relief services and case management

Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation
$34,000 to increase caregiver navigation services and establish a volunteer respite care program

Music & Memory
$28,950 to develop and pilot test the Music & Memory at Home program

Southern Caregiver Resource Center
$50,000 to develop a social media education program for working caregivers, including weekly caregiver tips via YouTube and monthly podcasts

UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science
$50,000 to expand and tailor dementia caregiver education for underserved Asian Americans

UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program
$75,000 to expand its caregiver education video library and develop a peer-to-peer library of problem solving strategies

WISE & Healthy Aging
$25,000 to translate and offer the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Specialty Course to Chinese, Korean, Farsi and Spanish-speaking caregivers

The Foundation also distributed nearly $490,000 to sixteen Certified Nursing Assistant training programs at California Community Colleges. Grants will be used during the 2017-18 academic year with an objective of reducing student costs and improving outcomes. Recipients and support areas are as follows:

Allan Hancock College – Santa Maria, CA
$40,000 for skills lab tutors and student scholarships

American River College – Sacramento, CA
$9,785 for student fees and course materials 

Butte College – Oroville, CA
$40,000 for student scholarships, exam fees, and course materials

College of the Desert – Palm Desert, CA
$11,800 for instructional and student support

College of the Siskiyous – Yreka, CA
$14,500 for student support

Imperial Valley College – Imperial, CA
$15,000 for instructional and student support

Los Angeles Harbor College – Wilmington, CA
$35,500 for instructional and student support

Los Angeles Mission College – Sylmar, CA
$30,000 for instructional and student support

MiraCosta College – Oceanside, CA
$26,193 for student support

Modesto Junior College – Modesto, CA
$25,000 for instructional support and certification testing fees

Rio Hondo College – Whittier, CA
$35,000 for instructional and student support

San Diego Continuing Education – San Diego, CA
$15,000 for student support

Santa Barbara City College – Santa Barbara, CA
$74,500 for instructional and student support

Santa Rosa Junior College – Santa Rosa, CA
$35,000 for instructional and student support

Ventura College – Ventura, CA
$35,000 for skills lab support and student scholarships

West Los Angeles College – Culver City, CA
$45,000 for instructional assistance and student support