Resources


Caregiver Hands is a resource website that partners with other similar caregiving groups and associations with the goal to help family caregivers by sending them additional resources in helping them in coping with the challenges of taking care of a loved one.

 

National Family Caregiver Support Program

https://www.acl.gov/programs/support-caregivers/national-family-caregiver-support-program

Incepted in 2000, the NFCSP or the National Family Caregiver Support Program provides grants to States and Territories depending on the share of population that has people who are 70 or over. Using this info, they fund a range of supports to assist informal or family caregivers, allowing them to take care of their loved ones for as long as possible.

 

Eldercare Locator

http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx

The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on aging is a good way to finding resources for older adults within the nation’s communities, making it perfect for someone who is interested in learning more about the services and programs that may be of assistance to them or their loved one. All it takes is a phone call or a visit to their website and you’ll have all the resources you’ll need to enable older persons to live independently in their communities. This service connects the elderly who need assistance with the local and state area agencies who serve the older folks in need and their caregivers.

 

Next Step in Care

http://www.nextstepincare.org

The Next Step in Care provides easy guides to help health care providers and family caregivers in working together to make plans and implement them for those suffering from serious illnesses and chronical problems.

 

Lotsa Helping Hands

www.lotsahelpinghands.com

Lotsa Helping Hands is a free coordination web service that offers a private, group calendar in which a caretaker who needs assistance with certain tasks can post it and family or friends can visit the site and sign up for the task. There’s also a summary report that shows which tasks have been done and which ones are still unassigned. The participant also gets appropriate notifications and email reminders.  

 

Caring.com

www.caring.com

Caring.com is one of the best websites for family caregivers looking for support and useful info when taking care of their spouses, aging parents and other loved ones. It offers advice from leading experts, helpful posts, a supportive community of like-minded people, and a big directory of eldercare service. Caring.com has researched and reviewed their content from a team of more than fifty people who are experts in the field of housing, law, finance and other key areas of eldercare and healthcare, making it trustworthy.

Its steps and stages have a free guide to Alzheimer’s care as well. There are practical tips and expert advice provided through a custom care guide and email newsletter to give the family caregivers a gist of what to expect and how to cope with taking care of people suffering from the disease.

Caring.com also publishes findings from research with family caregivers at http://www.caring.com/about/news.

 

Financial Steps for Caregivers

WISER (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement)

WISER provides financial steps for caregivers like the know-hows about money and finances you need to have to face the costs of taking care of a loved one. The decision to become one can affect both your short and long term financial security and your own retirement as well, hence WISER steps in and makes the process easier.

For more information on planning for a secure retirement, please visit http://www.wiserwomen.org.

 

National Transitions of Care Coalition

www.NTOCC.org

Most individuals have one concern when they or their loved one is facing a health issues: Effective communication between the nurses, doctors, social workers and other healthcare providers. But, poor communication between these professionals and an expectation from the patients to remember this crucial info causes dangerous and, in some cases, even life-threatening situations. NTOCC brings together industry leaders that have created resources to help you understand these challenges better.

 

Family Caregiver Alliance

http://caregiver.org/node/3831

Family Caregiver Alliance was established in 2001 in the National Center of Caregiving (NCC) which works to add to the progress of cost-effective, high quality programs and policies for caregivers in every country and state. It unifies public policy, research and services and thus makes itself a hub of information on caregiving and issues for policy makers, media, service providers, family caregivers and funders throughout the country in the long run.

Caregiver Action Network

http://www.caregiveraction.org/

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) provides resources such as a story sharing platform, a peer forum, a family caregiver tool box and many others. Plus, it also provides support for caregivers who take care of people with rare diseases at http://www.rarecaregivers.org

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women’s Health

Tips for Caregivers

The Office of Women’s Health in the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have tools on their Tips for Caregivers website to help caregivers in managing their loved ones as they understand that it can be rewarding but difficult as well. It has tips for caregivers of teens, children, older people and folks with special needs and it highlights 7 important tips that all caregivers should be aware of as well. Furthermore, it adds information about women and clinical trial and other useful information which you can learn about at:

www.fda.gov/womeninclinicaltrials

 

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