INFORMATION PAGE

Caregiving can present all kinds of questions and problems that need solving. The solution is INFORMATION. The resources below will help in you that effort.

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Downloads

Falls Prevention Conversation Guide (NCOA)

National Alliance for Caregiving, in partnership with the National Council on Aging. 13 pages. An overview of falls, how they can be prevented, and a guide for the conversation within the home.

Caring for the Caregiver

National Cancer Institute, 20 pages. Focuses on caregivers for cancer patients, and talks about how to care for those caregivers.

Dr. Ron’s Checklist for Senior Care

BlueStar’s Dr. Ron Poropatich was the caregiver for his two elderly parents. He wrote this five part checklist for any adult child preparing to care for mom or dad. 3 pages.

Fact Sheet on Caregiver Stress

From the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Women’s Health. A 2-page sheet summarizing the issue of Caregiver Stress.

Coping with Caregiving

From the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. A 12
page special issue of their newsletter, focusing on helping caregivers cope with the difficulties of
caregiving.

Caregiving 101—on Being a Caregiver

From the Family Caregiver Alliance, part of the National Center on Caregiving. 6 pages. A useful summary of caregiving, focusing on IRS—Information, Respite, and Support.

Caregivers Guide to Medication and Aging

From the Family Caregiver Alliance, part of the National Center on Caregiving. 9 pages. Helpful information on medications, pharmacies, and how caregivers can manage medications for the senior they care for.

Caregiving at Home—A Guide to Community Resources

From the Family Caregiver Alliance, part of the National Center on Caregiving. 10 pages. This describes the many resources available in the community, and how they can be accessed.

Depression and Caregiving

From the Family Caregiver Alliance, part of the National Center on Caregiving. 9 pages. Describes the tell-tale signs of depression in a caregiver, how to potential treat it, and resources available for help.

Caregivers and Serious Illness

A 2 page handout from the Administration for Community Living. It describes how a caretaker can find information to help with a family member with a serious illness.

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

National Institute on Aging. 108 pages. This is a comprehensive “easy to use guide” to support a caretaker caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Caregiver Catalog

Senior Technologies for Caregivers. 38 pages. There are a wide variety of products listed to help caregivers care for their loved ones from afar. 

Websites

Today’s Caregiver

This website is sponsored by, and all about, Today’s Caregiver, which is a magazine for caregivers. They have conferences, articles, newsletters, and, of course, the magazine! Great content.

caregiver.com

AARP

AARP is a huge source of information on all things about seniors, and their caregiving pages are no exception. There’s a great “caregiver resource center” which has dozens of articles on financial, legal, medical, in-home care, life-balance, and tools and guides.

aarp.org

A Place for Mom

This site focuses on helping find the institution to care for Mom (nursing home, retirement center, etc), but it also has a great list of articles and resources.

aplaceformom.com

Administration for Community Living

The Administration for Community Living is part of the US Department of Heath and Human Services. It works to ensure that seniors and those with disabilities can continue to live at home in their communities, and still receive the support they need.

acl.gov

ElderCare Locator

The ElderCare Locator is a public service of the US Administration on Aging. It connects you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach them by calling 1-800-677-1116. The “Caregiver Corner” section of the site lists info and resources for caregivers.

eldercare.acl.gov

Caring.com

Caring.com provides a wealth of information for caregivers, and focuses on helping caregivers find in-home care, memory care, and assisted living.

caring.com

Care.com

Care.com helps families find caregivers for hire (for children, for seniors, for pets), and helps potential caregivers find jobs in the industry.

care.com

Caregiving.com

Lots of great content here– very much worth perusing. CareGiving.com focuses on helping potential caregivers become trained and certified as professional caregivers, and on helping families connect with professional caregivers in their area.

caregiving.com

HelpGuide

A non-profit site in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. The website says: “HelpGuide helps you help yourself. Start improving your mental health and wellness today.” Good info on aging and caregiving, but not the primary purpose of the site.

helpguide.org

National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging is part of the National Institutes of Health, which in turn are part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. A very comprehensive site. Look under “health info”, then “caregiving.”

nih.gov

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

N4A is the “National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.” It helps identify local resources and Agencies for Aging, using the ElderCare Locator of the Association for Community Living. The site is primarily for those who work at these agencies.

n4a.org