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Preventing Falls: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about preventing falls.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Support If You Are a Caregiver

When you are caring for a loved one, take time to care for yourself.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Eldercare Locator - Connecting You to Community Services

The Eldercare Locator is the first step to find local agencies that can help older adults and their families access home and community-based services including transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Administration on Aging

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

These ten tips can help family caregivers deal with the emotional and practical sides of caregiving.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

4th Angel: Patient & Caregiver Mentoring Program

Have you had a cancer diagnosis? The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, telephone based, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery.

Review Date: August 23, 2011

The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES)

A Consumer's Guide for Family Caregivers

Learn about the different types of respite programs, how to choose a provider and how to get help paying for respite.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

CareFinder: Alzheimer's Association

If you or someone you care about has Alzheimer's disease, you need to find good care in your community. This page helps you plan ahead in terms of health care, finances, and finding support.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Caregiver Guide (Alzheimer’s Disease)

Finding out that a loved one has Alzheimer's Disease can be stressful, frightening, and overwhelming. As you begin to take stock of the situation, here are some tips that may help.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Caregiver Readiness Calculator

Are you ready to cope with the stresses of caregiving? Get practical advice and tips.

Review Date: May 06, 2011

University of Maryland Medical Center

Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet

Are you caring for an older or disabled relative or friend? Find answers to questions about coping with the daily stress associated with being a caregiver.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Caregivers' Guide to Medications and Aging

For older adults and people with disabilities, medications and herbal remedies/alternative medicine can be a double-edged sword. When not taken correctly, medications can have devastating consequences.

Review Date: February 15, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors

Find tips for dealing with the troubling behavior problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with dementia. Fact sheets are available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

Caregiving - Alzheimer's Association

This page links to fact sheets covering a variety of caregiving topics, including adult day care, nutrition, incontinence, safety, bathing and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Caregiving Resources - National Family Caregivers Association

NFCA offers a virtual library of information and educational materials ranging from national educational campaigns to tips and tools for family caregivers. Access the latest resources, connect with others, and find support with NFCA's family caregiver community.

Review Date: February 01, 2011

National Family Caregivers Association

Caregiving: Incontinence

Find information and support for those caring for someone with bladder or bowel control problems.

Review Date: June 01, 2011

National Association For Continence

Caregiving: Maintain Your Support Network

Alzheimer's caregiving is a tough job, and it's too much for one person to handle alone. No one is equipped to care for another person around the clock. If you are caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, understand the stress you are facing, and ask for help when you need it.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

This guide, written in clear language, will help you understand and cope with the many challenges of being a caregiver.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Coping

Learn more about addressing the emotional and social needs of people with cancer and their caregivers.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver's Guide

Learn how to help someone with a developmental disability to maintain good oral health.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR

FAQs for Family and Friends of Pulmonary Hypertension Patients

Here are some helpful tips on how best to provide support for your loved one with pulmonary hypertension.

Review Date: December 27, 2012

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Find a (Geriatric) Care Manager

Search for a Professional Geriatric Care Manager in your area to locate a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives.

Review Date: February 08, 2011

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Child Welfare Information Gateway

If you are a raising a grandchild, learn how to provide the best possible care for your grandchildren while still preserving your own health and well-being.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Help Near Home for VA Caregivers

Through VA's Caregiver Support Line and Caregiver Support Coordinators, you can find the support you need to provide the Veteran you care for with the best care at home. Call 855-260-3274 to access services and benefits.

Review Date: June 16, 2011

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Holding a Family Meeting

When taking care of an elderly parent or another relative, family members need to work cooperatively. Here are some points to consider when arranging a family meeting.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

How Can I Use Health IT and eHealth Tools to Manage My Health?

Find tools to help you access wellness resources, maintain your medical records, find quality health information resources, and more.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Improving Doctor/Caregiver Communications - A Guide for Family Caregivers- (PDF)

This guide is intended to improve communications between family caregivers and their health care providers.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

Making Placement Decisions

The decision to place a loved one in a care facility may be the hardest decision families have to make in the course of caregiving. How does one make such a decision? What should one consider? This article provides answers to these questions.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

Medicare and Caregivers: FAQ

Family, friends, and caregivers of Medicare recipients can learn about this federal insurance program and its coverage of prescription drugs, hospitalization, and hospice care. Links are provided to 7 short videos on various aspects of Medicare.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Medicare.gov: Caregiver Information

Find resources and support for caregivers who manage Medicare health benefits and billing for another person.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Navigating the Healthcare Maze

Learn how to communicate effectively with the health care team and insurance company personnel so that you can exercise your rights and ensure that the health care system is working on behalf of you and your loved ones.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

Respite Resources for Family Caregivers

Find referrals here to organizations and programs that provide respite care for those needing a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

Stress Relief for the Caregiver- (PDF)

It can feel overwhelming to take care of a loved one with dementia, but neglecting your own well-being can be harmful to both of you. Find a stress checklist here, along with suggested tips on how to be a healthy caregiver.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Successful Caregiving

The pressure of caregiving can lead to physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. Here are some tips to help you reduce stress in caring for your loved one.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Support Programs for Children, Youth and Families

Find programs offering families, parents, teens, and children support and resources to help them handle challenges and demands posed by the illness of a parent.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Institute for Family-Centered Care

Time To Get Help: Parents Toll-Free Hotline

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed or have a specific question about your child’s drug or alcohol use? Our Parents Toll-Free Helpline is a nationwide support service that offers assistance to caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Well Spouse Association Support Groups and State Contacts

Well Spouse (WS) offers national support to wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled. Contact a group leader in your area for meeting information.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

Well Spouse Association

When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer

This document contains many helpful tips to guide you through the process of caring for someone with cancer.

Review Date: February 20, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute