The federal government has put all it’s federal resources for caregivers on a single website, thanks to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The resources are listed by agency and alphabetized–a politically correct way of presenting them, perhaps, but not necessarily the most helpful to the consumer. But they’re worth scrolling through, although you may have a hard time getting to the bottom.
- Even the very first resource may have you clicking a link. It’s the Administration for Community Living’s Eldercare Locator, both a website and call center that can help link you to state and local agencies serving aging adults and their caregivers. How helpful that this link comes first, because for someone in a crisis, connecting with local agencies may be a very useful first step.
- Farther down the page are the many resources offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including those related to caregiving and hospice.
- The CDC’s resources are less oriented for the ordinary reader, except for the “STEADI” materials. This is user-friendly information designed to help prevent falls, and includes a home falls safety checklist in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has resources for depression. They’re listed as part of SAMHSA’s store, but they’re actually free. Page 6 of the “how to use” guide gives a good overview.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers information related to…health. No surprise, but the resources are surprisingly reality focused. I could have used the guide on “Caregivers and Exercise–Take Time for Yourself” when I was caring for my father, for example.
- Along the same lines, the Office of Women’s Health offers a caregiver stress fact sheet.
- And if you are a caregiver who is also employed, you may want to look at the US Department of Labor, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Social Security Administration resources.What a treasure-trove of information. The regional forums for the Conference on Aging have already taken place, but you can always sign up on the website to keep abreast of information as it come out.