Caring for a family member or friend may feel overwhelming at times. With more information, you may feel more confident in knowing how to meet each day’s demands and needs.
What do we mean when we say caregivers?
Every care situation is different. Every caregiver is different too. You may be a caregiver for someone who is a close friend or family member, or it may be someone you feel responsible to help. Maybe caregiving is something you’ve known was coming for quite a while, or maybe it came as a surprise.
Caregiving is a wide-ranging spectrum that covers all kinds of care. We define a caregiver as a family member, friend or neighbor who provides unpaid assistance with activities of daily living and sometimes medical tasks too.
Whether you’re a new caregiver or have been caregiving for a while, there are many resources that can help you prepare for what’s to come.
Care Guides and Care Organizer
These caregiver tools include resources and tips to help support you and keep your information organized and in one place.
Caregiver support and self-care
Caregiving can be a stressful role. Getting support and information can help you manage the challenges, from balancing caregiving tasks and family relationships to learning how to take time for yourself.
Caregiving and managing medical care
Managing medical care needs can be complicated when you're a caregiver. Learn how to work through common concerns such as managing medications, hospitalizations, home care and more.
Caring for someone with a specific health condition
The way you give care may depend on the health condition of the person you’re caring for. You can find support through resources that address common issues for certain health conditions, like cancer, heart health, depression and more.
Financial, legal and health insurance resources for caregivers
As a caregiver, you may be handling financial, legal and health insurance matters. Get guidance on how to take care of these concerns, from managing authorizations to helping with Medicare.
How to connect with organizations that offer caregiver resources
There's a wide range of caregiver resources and programs available through both national and local organizations. You can find
many options including:
- Caregiver support groups and events
- Home care services
- Respite care
- Adult day centers
- Geriatric case managers
Find caregiver programs, events and resources near you
Look into national resources for caregiver support
- National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to improving quality of life for friend and family caregivers and those in their care
- AARP Caregiving resources that help with navigating the role of a family caregiver
- Caregiver Action Network works to improve the quality of life for those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or the frailties of old age
- Family Voices focuses on advocacy and support for caregivers of children and youth with special needs
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