If you are handed the role of a caregiver for your loved one, you may feel overwhelmed trying to navigate these new responsibilities on your own. While you’re labeled as their sole caregiver, it does not mean you have to do it all alone. There are plenty of resources to support caregivers and their loved ones.
1. AARP: This popular advocacy organization for seniors provides articles and ideas to support family caregivers.
2. Adult Children of Aging Parents: This organization offers information, resources, and support for adult children taking care of their elderly parents.
3. Aging Life Care Association: This site describes how aging life care professionals can help with the common challenges seniors face and provides a directory to help you find a professional.
4. Alzheimer’s Association: Use this association’s website to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other dementia, as well as find support.
5. CaringInfo: Brought to you by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, this site provides an abundance of resources for caregivers and loved ones of seniors.
6. Family Caregiver Alliance: This group offers services to family caregivers of adults suffering from cognitive and physical impairments.
7. Family Care Navigator: From Family Caregiver Alliance, this tool can connect you to essential resources for caregiving in your state.
8. FCA CareNav: Another service by Family Caregiver Alliance, this site customizes a dashboard with tip sheets, videos, classes, and other resources for family caregivers.
9. Independent Transportation Network: This nonprofit transportation service is dedicated to senior mobility and helps provide rides for non-emergency purposes with a membership fee.
10. Meals on Wheels Association of America: This program will help older adults navigate their nutrition from over 5,000 senior nutrition programs in the U.S.
11. National Alliance for Caregiving: This advocacy group provides tip sheets, publications, podcasts, and websites on a diverse set of topics for caregivers.
12. National Council on Aging: This advocacy organization supports seniors and their caregivers. One of their services, BenefitsCheckup, can help you identify programs and services your aging loved one is eligible for.
13. National Elder Law Foundation: This organization’s website provides a feature to help you navigate a certified law attorney near you.
14. Administration on Aging: This agency operates many nationwide programs and services for seniors such as free health insurance counseling, help with long-term care planning, elder abuse prevention, and legal assistance.
15. Americans with Disabilities Act National Network: The Department of Health and Human Services started the ADA National Network to supply information, briefings, and free publications on the policies allowing universal access to the disabled.
16. Benefits.gov: The official benefits website of the U.S government provides over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs that could apply to the care your loved one needs
17. Department of Veteran Affairs: This site specializes in helping senior veterans. If the person you’re caring for is a military veteran or a surviving spouse of a veteran, they could qualify for a variety of benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
18. Eldercare Locator: This free national service helps locate local resources for seniors such as caregiving services, legal and financial support, home repair and modification, transportation, and more.
19. Healthfinder.gov: From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this service has a ton of resources to assist seniors.
20. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: The HIPAA website can assist caregivers in gaining authorization forms to share medical records.
21. Medicaid: This joint federal-state program can pay for in-home care, nursing home care, and some residential and assisted living care.
22. Medicare: This national health insurance program covers all costs of medically necessary home care on a limited basis for those who cannot leave their home without aid.
23. National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: This site from the U.S. Administration of Aging provides general eldercare information and area-specific referrals for services to help seniors.
24. Supplemental Security Income: Find out how the SSI program issues monthly payments to help supplement the income of seniors and blind or disabled individuals.
In addition to the plentiful resources, 1+1 Cares is also here to help! Read more of our step-by-step guides on how to take care of your aging loved one.
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