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About Elder Care By Family

The financial strain of caring for older relatives can be devastating without proper planning. Here are some online resources for those who want to put the proper safeguards in place and for caregivers who may be looking for assistance:

  • Aging Parents.com
    Aging parent solutions and answers to difficult problems.
  • Aging Parents and Elder Care
    Helping people overcome the challenges of elder care.
  • Assisted Living Care for Our Loved Ones
    List of additional resources
  • Caregivers of Adults and Older Adults (American Psychological Assn.)
    Links to resources related to caregiver issues.
  • Caregivers' Resources (USA.gov)
    Find a nursing home, assisted living, or hospice; check your eligibility for benefits; get resources for long-distance caregiving; review legal issues; and find support for caregivers.
  • Caregiving.com
    Caring for an aging relative is hard. We know. We're here to help.
  • Caregiving.org
    National Alliance for Caregiving, a nonprofit organization focusing on issues of family caregiving.
  • Caregiving Support & Help
    As a family caregiver, you may find yourself facing a host of new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. At times, you may feel overwhelmed and alone. But despite its challenges, caregiving can also be rewarding. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and your loved one. These tips can help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love.
  • Caring.com
    A new resource for advice and information for adults with aging parents. (A special thanks to Valerie Lafferty for sending it my way.)
  • Caring Right at Home
    Information, Advice and Support for Adult Caregiving.
  • Children of Aging Parents – A nonprofit assisting caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with information, referrals and support.
  • ElderPost.com
    Meant to be a kind of Craigslist for eldercare, the site offers free classifieds for seniors, caregivers with listings of equipment, products and services, some free and some for hire.
  • Family Care Navigator
    This state-by-state resource is intended to help you locate government, nonprofit, and private programs in your area.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance (National Center on Caregiving)
    A public voice for caregivers. Pioneering programs to support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
  • Family Caregivers Briefcase  for Psychologists  (American Psychological Assn.)
    Offers 160 pages of information and resources for and about caregivers, to help psychologists and other health professionals working with family caregivers of aging parents, seriously ill children, and other family members.
  • Family Caregiving
    If you're caring for a loved one who is ill or disabled, this site was created for you. It's a great place to find assistance, answers, new ideas and helpful advice — for you and your loved one
  • Gerontology Network
    Their mission is to enhance the quality of life and promote the independence of older adults, their familes, and care providers.
  • Gilbert Guide
    A comprehensive caregiver’s guide to supporting the elderly.
  • Home Health Agencies' Patient Surveys (Medicare.gov)
    Results from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) national survey that asks patients about their experiences with Medicare-certified home health agencies are now available on the agency’s Quality Care Finder website. Get contact information for hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, home health agencies, dialysis facilities, and drug and health plans. Compare information about the quality of care and services these providers and plans offer. Get helpful tips on what to look for when comparing and choosing a provider or plan.
  • Homeinstead.com – Resources for finding home care, becoming a caregiver and other elder care resources.
  • Medicare.gov – Find out what Medicare does and doesn't cover, compare home health agencies and nursing homes in your area, plan for your long-term care needs and other information.
  • Medicare Enrollment – Quick Tips

You have several options for enrolling in Medicare. For some people, it's automatic. For others, it may depend on when and how you become eligible.

  • Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors (MUST) – A national education awareness campaign for older adults and caregivers.
  • MT Care Navigators
    A free referral service to help patients and family members "navigate" through the maze of healthcare choices and assist them in making the best decision for their specific medical situation.
  • My Senior Care
    Support to families and their aging loved ones during a highly stressful time as they search for information, resources and providers of senior care.
  • National Alliance for Caregiving
    Providing support to family caregivers and professionals who help them and increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers.
  • National Assn. of Area Agencies on Aging – Providing information on aging and a nationwide list of local agencies to turn to for answers.
  • National Assn. of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
    A professional Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives.
  • National Caregivers Library
    An extensive library for caregivers with hundreds of articles, forms, checklists and links to resources, organized into categories.
  • National Family Caregivers Association – Another group that educates and supports those who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability.
  • National Respite Network
    Respite is temporary relief for caregivers and families who are caring for those with disabilities, chronic or terminal illnesses, and the elderly.
  • Physician Search by Insurance Plans
    Find a Physican by Medical Isurance Plan
  • State Ombudsmen List – June, 2007 – A list of state advocates. If you do not get the type of response you need, please contact me for a local PI or Elder Care Lawyer: pdudek@pekdadvocacy.com.
  • The Care Navigator
    Provides services, advocacy, education, speaking, support and long term care planning for caregivers, adults and professional service providers to the aging or individuals frustrated by attempts to navigate the health care system.
  • U.S. Department of State – A site on caring for elderly parents that is aimed at families posted abroad but gives very valuable general information and links.