What’s That Number? Get the 4-1-1 on Senior Resources and Help Lines for Caregivers

Family caregiver with her motherAlmost 20% of adults in the United States provide primary care for a parent, friend or other loved one. There are between 43 million and 60 million unpaid caregivers in the United States.

As many as 75% of caregivers work a “paid job” in addition to caring for a loved one; studies show that the average unpaid caregiver spends $5,000 of their own money a year providing care and supplies.

Many caregivers juggle work, family, trips to the grocery store, scheduling home health visits and trying to keep themselves healthy and alert to subtle changes that might signal serious health complications. Sometimes navigating daily life is challenging and overwhelming.

Finding Resources for Caregivers

Caring for a loved one is emotional and physically challenging. The good news is that there are many excellent resources available to give caregivers help and information about managing everything from moving to a new community to planning nutritious meals. For example, you can find local resources and connect to senior health providers through Eldercare Locator by calling 1-800-677-1116 or visiting their website at www.eldercare.gov.

Use the list of additional resources below to find help in your community.

  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) provides resources for people who suffer with dementia and the people who take care of them. Reach the Foundation online or by phone at 1-866-232-8484. AFA offers a list of state-specific and local support networks in your area.
  • REST Programs provide training for paid and volunteer respite workers. Juggling work, family, medical care and all the things of normal daily life can be stressful. Taking time to rest is important. Finding someone you trust is easier with a licensed respite agency.
  • The National Council on Aging offers guidance and resources about health, home nursing options, establishing safer environments and financial services for caregivers. Their Benefits Checkup is an interactive tool to help caregivers find out if they qualify for a variety of financial assistance programs.
  • HealthFinder.gov is a website run by the Federal government that offers helpful tips and information for caregivers and seniors related to daily living and health management.
  • ConsumerVoice.org offers information about housing and health services for seniors and their caregivers.

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