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More information for family caregivers

Getting started as you take care of a family member or friend  


Getting paid to care for a family member

Finding local resources

The types of services that can help family caregivers manage care at home include these:

  • Nursing care, also known as home health care (such as giving medications and cleaning wounds)

  • Home care (non-nursing care such as household chores, errands, companionship, personal care, and medication reminders), delivered meals, respite, transportation, emotional and spiritual support, screenings, and help navigating the healthcare system and managing healthcare paperwork

  • Physical therapy (to help with movement) and occupational therapy (to help perform daily activities)


To find those types of services near you, visit these websites:

Finding a local nursing home

  • Compare Medicare-certified nursing homes near you based on the quality of care they provide and their staffing levels. The nursing homes include those that provide rehabilitation services. A nursing home is an option for someone who can't be cared for at home and needs 24/7 nursing care.

  •  See the steps to choosing a nursing home, and use the Nursing Home Survey Performance Tool to see information about Massachusetts nursing homes complaints. Other states may have similar resources.


Medicaid Waivers

  • — Learn how Medicaid can help people receive long-term care at home or in the community rather than in a nursing home or hospital.

Managing family caregiver stress

Family caregiving skills, products, and support


Hands-on care: Managing medications and caring for wounds


COVID-19 resources for family caregivers

Learning about health conditions

  • U.S. Office on Women’s Health (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) — Find information on dozens of health topics. Much of the information is not just for women.

  • The Office of Minority Health (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) — See information on health issues common to African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Latinas, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and more. Language assistance is available for many languages.


Information on managing a hospital stay


Information on aging


Safety at home


Online tools that help coordinate information and tasks

  • Caring Bridge — This site acts as a central coordination hub for you and your family and friends.

  • Doodle — Scheduling family meetings is so easy with this site.

  • Lotsa Helping Hands — Set up a Help Calendar and send the link to people who ask how they can help. You can list things like providing a family meal, giving a ride to a doctor appointment, or scheduling a visiting time.

  • eCare21 — Long-distance caregivers can use this app and a wearable smart device to monitor a loved one’s heart rate, glucose levels, and other health data.

  • Medisafe — Use this app to monitor medications, see side effects to look out for, and more. Doctors can use the app to connect with patients.


Managing Medicare


Managing hospice


Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health and Substance Use


Veterans information


End-of-life information


Additional resources


After caregiving ends

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