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Caregivers Guide

Resources for Caregivers

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Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will undertake in your lifetime.  Typically it is not an easy role, nor is it one for which most of us are prepared.  Like most people, you may have questions about your care receiver's chronic illness or disability.  If you have a job and are juggling several responsibilities or if your family member or friend needs a lot of assistance, you may need help with caregiving, too.  Whether you are expecting to become a caregiver or have been thrust into the role overnight, it is useful to know where you can get information and help.

Individuals Who Can Help You Find Assistance

There are information services with staff who can help you figure out whether and what kinds of assistance you and your care receiver may need.   You can call:

The National Eldercare Locator , a toll-free service funded by the Administration on Aging (AoA), at 800-677-1116 for information about assistance that is available in communities across the nation.

Your State Agency on Aging (SUA) for information and assistance.  Look in your phone book under "aging" or "senior services."

Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for information and assistance right in your community.  Look in your phone book under "aging" or "senior services."

Generally, state and area agency on aging services are funded with federal, state, and other monies.  These government-funded services are often targeted to those most in need.  While there are no income criteria for many services, sometimes, you may have more service options, if you can pay for private help.  You can contact your State or Area Agency on Aging for information and assistance.

There are several services that can help you plan for the care that will be needed. They can be accessed through the state or area agency:

Care management services: a care manager can assess your relative's needs and resources and draw up a plan to help her remain as healthy and independent as possible.

Social work services: hospitals and nursing homes usually have social workers and discharge planners.

Attorneys, who specialize in such areas as wills, trusts, and probate, and financial planners can help with the legal and financial aspects of caregiving

Supportive services for the person needing care can include:

- Transportation
- Meals
- Personal care
- Homemaker

Other types of resources for caregivers are:

- Caregiver support groups
- Caregiver organizations
- Organizations like the Alzheimers Association
- Chat rooms on caregiving on the Internet
- Family members and friends who have been caregivers

And don't forget, if you are an employee covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, you are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any one year to care for an older relative.

Federal Government Web Sites

Three web sites provide information on a range of topics related to health and aging as well as links to other health-related sites:

Healthfinder

Health Information Clearinghouses

Health-Center.Com: Senior Center 


National Organization Web Sites

The AARP's Helping Older People:  Assessing the Situation provides an overview of what you need to ask if you want to do an assessment yourself.

The Family Caregiver Alliance web site offers fact sheets on a variety of topics of interest to caregivers as well as other information.

The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) is a national, charitable membership organization dedicated to making life better for all of America's family caregivers.   It offers a variety of information and support to family caregivers.

Children of Aging Parents , a nonprofit membership organization, can provide information and referral services for a variety of professionals, information about support groups, and educational outreach services.

Aging Independently offers a caregiver guide and suggestions on hiring home care staff.

The Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center offer extensive information to caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has an annotated listing of its web sites that deal with various aspects of caregiving.

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