4 Online Resources for Caregivers
Taking on the day-to-day tasks of an aging loved one can be a stressful venture.
From simple errands like grocery shopping to important responsibilities such as at-home medical care, there are a lot of tough choices and hard-to-answer questions that come up when caring for a loved one.
What do I do if my loved one seems lonely or depressed?
How do you know when your loved one needs to go to the doctor’s office?
At what point should I consider transitioning my aging parent to a skilled nursing care center?
While there isn’t a handy manual for those of us caring for a family member or loved one, there are some great online resources (like CareConversations.org) to turn to when you need some extra guidance:
- Family Caregiver Alliance – A public voice for caregivers, the Family Caregiver Alliance website offers support and practical information on everything from handling caregiver stress to the roles and demands that come along with the job. Read through a personal caregiver story or sign up for an upcoming webinar to get the most out of the site.
- VA Caregiver Support – Caring for a Veteran? Then check out VA Caregiver Support to learn about the number of services that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers to support you in your role. There are also easy checklists and tip sheets that might come in handy when juggling caregiving responsibilities. Alternatively, you can call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line for immediate assistance.
- Medicare Matters – When it comes to helping an aging loved one pay for medical expenses, Medicare can be complex and confusing. Whether you are brand new to Medicare or are pretty familiar with this federal health insurance program, this site can help you and your loved one make more informed and confident choices when it comes to health coverage.
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Centers – As a loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia progresses, so does your role as a caregiver. The Alzheimer’s Association is a great place to turn to when you’re feeling alone in caring for your loved one. They not only have an interactive survey that helps map out a personalized care plan for someone struggling with the debilitating disease, but also free online courses and training.
CareConversations.org provides resources and advice to help you and your loved ones make informed and confident decisions about the care they may need now and in the future. Visit our About page to learn more.