There are numerous organizations that offer resources to help cope with caregiving.
When you are the caregiver of someone with a life-taking condition, it is difficult to balance your past life with what you are doing today. You can easily get lost in the care and forget yourself. However, you do need help and support, even after your loved one passes. Many organizations will offer you a variety of resources that range from support services, tip sheets, how-to videos, and webinars.
- Find AARP Family Caregiving on the website at: www.aarp.org/caregiving. AARP is a great resource. They have free care guides, care options, an online community that can give you support and legal checklists that are very helpful.
- The Alzheimer’s Association has information for those with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers. There is a 24/7 helpline and wonderful people to talk to on the helpline. Seek them out at www.alz.org.
- The government has a free information resource that will give you information about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Check them out at www.alzheimers.gov.
- Organizations can offer respite care for your charge and relief for you. Check the website at www.archrespite.org.
- The National Family Caregivers Association provides information and education for caregivers. It also includes a volunteer support network that is active in over 40 states. You can reach them at www.caregiveraction.org.
- Medicare at www.medicare.gov has information about Medicare plans, provider, and facilities that can help with elder care.