Caregiver Resources

Providing Support for Caregivers

If you're a caregiver—someone who cares for a loved one with a chronic condition, disability, disease, or the challenges of old age—the organizations below can help educate and support you in your very important role. Visit these websites for a variety of resources, including how to get patient authorization to discuss their health with their doctors, providing care at home, options for outside care, and other important topics.

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

    www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving

    AARP is a social welfare organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of people age 50 or older. The group offers a comprehensive, online Caregiving Resource Center that helps people navigate the world of caregiving. It includes tools and resources filled with tips and ideas on how best to care for the person you care about.

    Caregiver Action Network

    www.caregiveraction.org

    Caregiver Action Network (formerly The National Family Caregivers Association) educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. It reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships, and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well-being.

    Family Caregiver Alliance

    www.caregiver.org

    Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. Long recognized as a pioneer in health services, FCA now offers programs at national, state, and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.

    FamilyDoctor.org - Caregiver Resources

    http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/seniors/caregiving.html

    FamilyDoctor.org is a website sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians that provides information on a variety of health topics, including caregiver health and wellness.

    Medicare

    http://www.medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver.html

    Medicare is government-sponsored insurance for people age 65 or older, as well as younger people with certain disabilities. The program's website includes support resources for caregivers, highlighting a variety of topics including billing, navigating Medicare, support groups, and care options.

    Office of Women's Health—Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet

    www.womenshealth.gov

    The Office on Women's Health, a part of the US Department of Health & Human Services, provides answers to frequently asked questions about caregiver stress.