The more you know
the better you can help
More information for family caregivers
Getting started with taking care of a family member or friend
AARP — See the five steps to take as you begin caring for a family member. Download the family caregiver guide that’s full of helpful checklists and definitions. Available in multiple languages.
Atlas of Care — Learn how to make a simple diagram showing the overall picture of where you give or get help, support, and advice as you care for a family member or friend.
CaregiverStress.com — Find worksheets that help you manage the many aspects of caregiving. If your loved one has dementia, give the Dementia-Related Behaviors Chart to his or her doctor. http://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-safety/health-information- management/senior-emergency-kit/worksheets-checklists/
General family caregiving information
AARP — Get helpful information on a wide variety of topics, including medical, financial, and legal aspects of family caregiving.
Family Caregiver Alliance — Click on your state to find local resources for family caregivers.
Certified Family Care Manager training
The Caregiving Years Training Academy — Learn skills, techniques, and strategies to help you care for a family member and formalize your role as a family caregiver.
Getting paid to care for a family member
AARP — There are limited options for getting paid to provide care for a family member, including Medicaid and veterans support. But new options are emerging, so research what's available in your state.
Managing medications and caring for wounds
AARP — Find time-saving tips on managing multiple medications.
AARP — See videos for family caregivers on caring for wounds, treating pressure ulcers, maintaining ostomy bags, and more.
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. Most 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 the hospital stay
Caregiving Pathways — If a family member is in the hospital or you anticipate a medical crisis, download a free family caregiver guide to managing the hospital stay.
Information on aging
Eldercare Locator — Enter your zip code or a topic to find assistance in your community for older adults and family caregivers.
National Institute on Aging — Learn how a geriatric care manager can help with an older family member.
Safety at home
Life Alert — Use this medical alert system to summon help for anyone having a home health emergency.
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.
Medicare.gov — Learn how Medicare works.
Medicaidwaiver.org — Learn how Medicaid can help people receive long-term care at home or in the community rather than in a nursing home or hospital.
Medicare.gov — Learn how hospice care works.
Native American drug rehab support
Addiction treatment centers — Find the center closest to your location.
Federal Benefits — Learn about government benefits for veterans.
Military Caregiver Support — Find resources for military caregivers.
Respite — Get information on respite relief for military and veteran caregivers.
The Conversation Project — See the Conversation Starter Kit and other tools to help your family begin difficult conversations about the end of life.
International End of Life Doula Association — If you’d like help with an end-of-life vigil, use the registry on this site to locate an end-of-life doula.
Caregiving Pathways — Before a care plan becomes an end-of-life plan, download a free family caregiver guide to managing the end of life. https://www.caregivingpathways.com/end-of-life-planning
Northern Westchester Hospital — This Northwell Health hospital has a family caregiver center that inspired the creation of many other centers. This site features a diverse list of resources that include a number of blogs for family caregivers.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving — Discover an extensive list of even more resources.
After caregiving ends
The Caregiving Years Training Academy — Learn how to start a business helping other family caregivers.