Get caregiver help and advice
After looking at the full picture and understanding your older adult’s current needs, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed – understatement of the year, right? Here are five places to ask questions and find the caregiver resources you need.
1. Family, friends, and co-workers
Today in the US, 3 out of 10 people are family caregivers. If you bring up caregiving in casual conversation, you’ll be surprised to find how many people share this role. You can trade stories, share ideas, and learn about techniques others have tried. Just knowing that you’re not the only one in this situation will actually make you feel better, we promise!
2. Caregiver support groups
Both in-person and online support groups are a great source of information, support, and stress relief. It’s a safe space where everyone knows exactly what you’re talking about because they’re going through it themselves. Find a group today!
- In-person Groups: Check with local hospitals, community centers, or the Alzheimer’s Association for groups that meet in-person.
- Online Groups: If you can’t make it to an in-person group or prefer more privacy, use your favorite Internet search engine and type in “caregiver support group online <your zip code>” to find virtual caregiver support.
3. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other health professionals
Doctors, nurses, geriatricians, geriatric care managers, and other health professionals are great sources of information. They’re experts in their field and are connected with the local medical and aging care communities. They can offer advice or guide you to additional resources.
4. Community resources
Area Agency on Aging: Most counties in the U.S. are served by a local Area Agency on Aging, which offer a variety of services to older adults.
- To find your county’s website, use your favorite Internet search engine
- Type in “Area Agency on Aging <your county>”
Local agencies: Find caregiving resources within the community, such as:
- VA hospitals
- Service clubs (Lion’s, Rotary, etc.)
- Volunteer groups
- Religious organizations
5. Online resources
When you need information at odd hours, the Internet is your friend. Visit any of these websites for specific questions or topics.
- Medicare – medical & health coverage questions
- Social Security – federal benefits questions
- Alzheimer’s Association – Alzheimer’s and dementia topics
- National Institute on Aging – general aging topics and research
- Nolo – wills, power of attorney, living wills, trusts, and estate planning topics
Please don’t feel alone or that help isn’t available, there’s so much information and so many resources available for family caregivers. This list just skims the surface, but is a good starting point for finding answers to your most pressing questions.
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This article is part of our Caregiver Beginner’s Guide series. For all 8 articles in this series, go to our Caregiver Guide Overview.
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff