Caregiving

Day to Day Activities

Activities of Daily Living: Tips for the Family Caregiver Helpful information about ADL assessments to determine needed levels of care, plus useful tips for the caregiver.
Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver's Guide Illustrated, step-­by-­step guide for providing daily dental care such as brushing and flossing.caregivers take care of a loved one’s physical needs.
Hands-­on Skills for Caregivers Five techniques to help
Lifting Techniques for Home Caregivers Illustrations and instruction for proper lifting and moving techniques to prevent injury to the caregiver.
Meals on Wheels Find a local provider.
Rehabilitation Tip Sheets Step-­by-­step
instructions and photo illustrations for wheelchair positioning, assisted pressure relief, lifting and transfers, and swallowing strategies.

Legal Issues

Family Caregiver Alliance Good place to start for information about advance directives, living wills, and legal issues such as LGBT caregiving situations.
AGS Foundation for Health in Aging Well-­organized and easy to use, explaining all of the issues related to choices for life sustaining treatment and much more.
Caring Connections Information
about Advance Directives and links to download state-­specific forms.
End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care This 68-­‐page guide discusses key issues at the end of life. Topics include finding hospice care, what happens at the time of death, managing grief, and preparing advance directives along with resources for more information. Free; also available as a PDF.

Locating Services and Benefits

Eldercare.gov The Eldercare Locator from the U.S. Administration on
Aging is a directory of services for older adults. Users can find local Area Agency on Aging listings here.
BenefitsCheckup.org A directory of benefit programs that can
help pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and other necessities.
Administration for Community Living Connect with ACL funded resource centers for help with issues of aging and disability. From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Medicare and Medicaid Information

Medicare.gov is the primary source of information for all Medicare questions, including choosing a nursing home. The 4-­‐minute video on the Caregivers website is worth watching: http://medicare.gov/caregivers/
Medicaid.gov has basic information about Medicaid. For state-­‐specific information, click on the map to drill down to information on Medicaid programs in each state. This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of
Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-­‐N-­‐276-­‐

Understanding Insurance

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) HICAP is a federal program that assists
people with information on Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, managed care, long-­‐term
care planning and health insurance, and other health insurance concerns. Other states have similar
services, although they may be known by other names/acronyms.
In California
In other states: Directory of State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Plans

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