Connecting Caregivers to caregiving action plans, self-care strategies, and the resources to empower them.
Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas
The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas is a non-profit organization that has been serving seniors and individuals with disabilities in our community since 1974. They serve as the Aging and Disability Resource Center for the entire two county area, providing an initial entry point for all aging and disability social services and coordinating a network of partners and providers to better meet the needs of our aging population.
Caregiver Action Network
Resources from the Caregiver Action Network, including a Peer Forum, a Story Sharing platform, the Family Caregiver Tool Box and more.
Are you a family caregiver in need of information or assistance? Are you interested in learning more about the programs and services that may be of assistance to you or your loved one? The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. Just one phone call or Website visit provides an instant connection to resources that enable older persons to live independently in their communities. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Established in 2001 as a program of Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Center on Caregiving (NCC) works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country. Uniting research, public policy and services, the NCC serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for policy makers, service providers, media, funders and family caregivers throughout the country.
An online directory of social service providers and more. Those in need click I Need Help.
National Family Caregiver Support Program
The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), established in 2000, provides grants to States and Territories, based on their share of the population aged 70 and over, to fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.
Next Step in Care
Next Step in Care provides easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers and health care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women’s Health
Tips for Caregivers
FDA Office of Women’s Health understands caring for someone can be rewarding, but challenging. FDA’s Tips for Caregivers website provides tools to help caregivers manage the care of their loved ones. The website provides tips for caregivers of older adults, young children, teens and people with special needs. The website also highlights 7 tips for all caregivers to know. FDA Office of Women’s Health also provides information on women and clinical trials. To learn more, visit: fda.gov/womeninclinicaltrials
Wiser (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement)
Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Money and Retirement is designed to help you identify financial decisions you may face as a caregiver. The decision to become a caregiver can affect both your short-term and long-term financial security, including your own retirement.
ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA CAREGIVING
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. They offer help through a professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900), face-to-face support groups and educational sessions in communities nationwide, and comprehensive online resources and information through the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center.
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org.
The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)
AFTD promotes and funds research into finding the cause, therapies and cures for frontotemporal degeneration. They also offer information, education and support to persons diagnosed with an FTD disorder, and for their families and caregivers. To learn more about AFTD, visit www.theaftd.org.
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA)
LBDA works to raise awareness of Lewy body dementias (LBD), promoting scientific advances, and supporting people with LBD, their families, and caregivers. LBD is a complex disease that can present a range of physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms. It dramatically affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States. To learn more, visit www.lbda.org.
Alzheimers.gov – For the People Helping People with Alzheimer’s
Resources from the Administration for Community Living on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
National Institute on Aging: Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
Resources from the National Institutes of Health on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, including information on clinical trials and current advances in scientific research.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Dementia Care (including Alzheimer’s)
For those caring for a Veteran, resources on dementia care through the VA and information on new research on dementia in Veterans.
American Cancer Society – Caregivers Page
A cancer diagnosis affects close friends and family too. Find out what to expect if you become a caregiver for a person with cancer, and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well. Resources available include information and support on How to Care for Someone with Cancer, Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver, How to Be Supportive to Someone with Cancer, When Your Child has Cancer, and a list of American Cancer Society Support Services and Programs for families who are managing cancer.
Cancer Experience Registry – Caregiver
The Cancer Experience Registry is a unique online community that allows people facing cancer to share their experiences, identify the issues that impact their lives, take surveys, access resources and learn from each other. It is free, confidential and open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or provides care to a cancer patient.
Cancer Support Community Helpline: 1-888-793-9355 or to chat live at www.cancersupportcommunity.org
The Cancer Support Community Helpline provides emotional and educational services for all people affected by cancer and their family caregivers.
A collaboration of Anthem, Inc., CancerCare, Caregiver Action Network, Indiana University and Michigan State University, this website provides resources and news on caregiver caregiving.
Family caregivers may be spouses, partners, children, relatives, or friends who help the patient with activities of daily living and health care needs at home. Many cancer patients today receive part of their care at home. Hospital stays are shorter than they used to be, and there are now more treatments that don’t need an overnight hospital stay or can be given outside of the hospital. People with cancer are living longer and many patients want to be cared for at home as much as possible. It is important that the family caregiver is a part of the team right from the start. These resources are about adult family caregivers in cancer.
Caregiving for Persons with Disabilities, Rare Disease
- ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association
- Autism Society of America
- Autism Speaks
- Brain Injury Association of America
- Easter Seals
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Global Genes
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Down Syndrome Society
- National MS Society
- National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
- The Arc
- United Cerebral Palsy
Having functioned as a caregiver for both seniors and those with disabilities for over 25 years, I am acutely aware of the needs of caregivers and the measures to take in order to lighten the heavy burden they often carry. Caregivers are frequently overworked as they deal with debilitating burnout which manifests as a myriad of physical conditions such as fatigue, sleep problems, weight issues, anxiety, chronic illness, and depression. Because they are often thrust into their roles with little to no warning, caregivers need a place to help them grow in their ability to provide care with confidence and peace of mind.
Once afforded the opportunity to learn positive caregiving approaches, self-care strategies, and how to gain access to available resources, caregivers become poised to operate from a place of health and wholeness. This is the intent of this page.
So, if you or someone you know is seeking support during the caregiving experience, I am here to help.
Much love, Brenda
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