4 Useful Resources for Caregivers
Advocacy Being a caregiver is an emotionally taxing, challenging job, and it’s often hard to know where to turn for trusted help and information. There are a few options that can help.
As a caregiver, you’re always looking for ways to keep your loved one healthy, secure and as independent as possible. Below are four free resources that can make your job a little easier.
1. Brush up on benefits
If your loved one is on a fixed income and struggles to make ends meet every month, help them complete a free BenefitsCheckUp®. This confidential online service, managed by the nonprofit National Council on Aging (NCOA), can connect you with over 2,500 federal, state and private benefits programs that can help pay for everything from food and medicine to health care and utilities.
You’ll also learn about available caregiver family services, respite care, tax deductions, transportation assistance for doctor’s appointments — and more. All you have to do is answer a few anonymous questions, and you’ll get a personalized report listing programs that might help your family.
2. Preventing major falls
Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans aged 65-and-over will fall every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls can cost many older adults their health and independence. But falling is not an inevitable part of aging. There are simple steps everyone can take to reduce their risk of falling. These include making small safety modifications in the home, getting regular eye and ear checkups, and enrolling in exercise programs that improve balance. NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative offers tips, videos and practical advice to stay safe.
3. Master your Medicare
Let’s face it, Medicare can be overwhelming and complicated. My Medicare Matters® is a free educational website that takes the guesswork out of this complex program. The site offers tips and information on how to choose the right Medicare plan and make the most of Medicare’s benefits.
4. Learn from fellow caregivers
Caregiving can be emotionally taxing, especially if you’re caring for someone with a serious injury or illness. Building Better Caregivers® is a free six-week workshop for caregivers of veterans and veterans who care for someone with dementia, memory loss, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. Through the workshop, caregivers get the support they need to manage stress, deal with difficult emotions and plan for their loved one’s future. They also get to connect with other caregivers who understand what they’re going through.