November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time designated to honor millions of family caregivers in the Untied States.
Whether you are a full-time caregiver, long-distance family member who checks in periodically, or a sibling who tries to help a sister who is the primary caregiver for your mother, there are lots of agencies and associations to help answer your questions and provide help. Here are some of the best:
1. Administration on Aging– (AoA). http://www.aoa.gov/
Long-term care ombudsman Program
2. Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org/index.asp.
Advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enacing care for those living with the disease. Provides invaluable support and education to caregivers.
3. Alzheimer’s.gov– http://alzheimers.gov/
This site is the government’s resource for Alzheimer’s and related dementias, includes treatment options, how to pay and plan, etc.
4. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Center http://www.alz.org/care/overview.asp.
This site provides information about day-to-day help and services in your community; getting support; or preparing for the future.
5. ARCH National Respite Network http://archrespite.org/
The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center provides resources to help families locate respite and crisis care services.
6. eldercarelocator http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx
The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.
7. Family Caregiver Alliance https://caregiver.org/
The site contains a wide array of publications and services based on caregiver needs, including a Family Care Navigator.
8. National Alliance for Caregiving http://www.caregiving.org/
The site contains publications and resources for caregivers, including the Family Care Resource Connection, where you can find reviews and ratings on over 1,000 books, videos, Web sites, and other materials on caregiving.
9. Caregiver Action Network http://www.caregiveraction.org/
The site offers a virtual library of information and educational materials for family caregivers.
10. eXtension http://www.extension.org/family_caregiving
This website was created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cooperative Extension System. Here, caregivers and advocates can access a wide range of information and materials designed to help them learn about and provide supportive services to family and relative caregivers. Topics include disaster preparedness, military families, grandparents raising grandchildren, housing, and nutrition.