The National Center on Caregiving (www.caregiver.org) established in 2001 by the Family Caregiver Alliance, the NCC serves as a central source on caregiving and long-term care issues. It is a wonderful resources of tips, fact sheets, and resources for family caregivers. One of its premier resources is the Family Care Navigator.
Family Care Navigator: (http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/fcn_content_node.jsp?nodeid=2083) is a first-of-its-kind, state-by-state, online guide to help families in all 50 states locate government, non-profit, and private caregiver support programs. It includes information on government health and disability programs, legal resources, living arrangements, disease-specific organizations, FAQs, a glossary and more. There is NO CHARGE to use the Navigator.
AARP (www.aarp.org) has a new Caregiver Resource Center that has many aids for seniors and their families. A Care Provider Locator, a caregiving support line, and articles and webinars are among the many of the resources available.
Care Crossroads (www.carecrossroads.org) is an innovative, interactive “community of care” website from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America that helps family caregivers meet other caregivers, learn about the brain disorder and connect “life” with experts.
Elder Industry (www.elderindustry.com) is a site from Joy Loverde with free downloads and forms you might need with titles such as: “creating a care team,” “emergency preparedness,” and “money matters.”
National Adult Day Services Association (www.nadsa.org/consumers/choosing-a-center) is a link that gives some suggestions for choosing the right adult day center that has a variety of health, social, and support services for you or your loved one.
LightBridge Healthcare (www.lightbridgehealthcare.com) provides educational materials for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Its Tips Page offers info on issues such as “Tips for Traveling with Someone with Dementia,” “Holiday Tips,” “Strategies for Bathing.”
National Center on Elder Abuse (www.ncea.aoa.gov) offers fact sheets, news, publications, statistics, and resources on Elder Abuse and how to combat it.
Senior Sites (http://www.seniorsites.com) is a source of information for non-profit housing and services for seniors.
Next Step In Care (www.nextstepincare.org) offers checklists, guides, and articles for people navigating the transitions in care from the hospital to home or to rehab.
Grief (http://www.helpguide.org/mental/grief_loss.htm) is a comprehensive site that deals with the struggles of grief and sorrow.