Here are 7 resources which will empower caregivers – with information, knowledge of available programs and tools necessary to make good decisions for their loved ones and themselves.
- 1.Top Caregiving Resources to Empower Caregivers
2. According to the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 50 million Americans provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged familymember or friend during any given year, and thatnumber is growing. Caregivers often do so much more than provide care.They are companions, friends and, often times, becomefamily, to those in their care. 3. Caregivers commonly report that its most difficultto make time for themselves, manage emotionaland physical stress, and balance work and familyresponsibilities. Many are at risk of becoming patients themselves, primarily due to theseunmet needs.It is important for caregivers torealize that being exhausted,stressed or burned out willdiminish the quality of care theycan provide. 4. Here we catalog 7 resources which will empower caregivers - with information, knowledge ofavailable programs and tools necessary to make gooddecisions for their loved ones and themselves. 5. These resources cover issues likeHome safetyDrivingDealing with the diagnosisFinancial planning for seniorsChoosing a nursing homeServices provided by community centersResources provided by Govt/State/Local programsSelf education on diseasesCommunicating with seniorsRecognizing behavioral changesEnd of life optionsHome care services both medical and non-medical as provided by BrightStar Care 6. 1Family Caregiver Alliance Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance 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 healthservices, FCA now offers programs at national, state andlocal levels to support and sustain caregivers. 7. 2 The National Alliance for Caregiving Established in 1996, The National Alliance for Caregiving(NAC) is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. Alliance membersinclude grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, agovernment agency, and corporations.Recognizing that family caregivers provideimportant societal and financial contributionstoward maintaining the well-being of thosethey care for, the Alliances mission is to bethe objective national resource on familycaregiving with the goal of improving thequality of life for families and care recipients. 8. 3Family Caregiving 101A joint effort by the National Family Caregivers Association(NFCA) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) torecognize, support and advise family caregivers.Their outreach program is called Family Caregiving: Its not allup to you. This effort is national in scope, and includes radioannouncements and magazine and newspaper advertisements that connect family caregivers to information and services thatcan help improve their lives and the level of care they can offertheir loved ones. 9. 4 The National Family Caregivers AssociationThe National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with achronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationshipsand life stages to help transform family caregivers lives byremoving barriers to health and well being. 10. 5 AARP Caregiving Resource CenterAARP Caregiving Resource Center includes informationabout getting started, providing care, housing options, legal issues, financial information, end of life care, and more. 11. 6 MedlinePlusMedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information fromthe worlds largest medical library, the National Library ofMedicine. MedlinePlus is a partnership of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. At this caregivers landing page, visitors find a lengthy listof links (in various categories) on all aspects of caregiving. 12. 7 National Institute on Agings ADEAR (Alzheimers Disease Education &Referral Center) Center The National Institute on Agings ADEAR (AlzheimersDisease Education & Referral Center) Center offersinformation and publications for families, caregivers, andprofessionals on diagnosis, treatment, patient care, caregiver needs, long-term care, education and training, and research related to Alzheimers disease. 13. Find Quality Care NowLocate a BrightStar Near You!