The Family Caregiver Alliance , a nonprofit organization, offers quality information, support and resources for family caregivers of adults with chronic physical or cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, and other illnesses.
Resources include: Fact and tip sheets, videos, online classes, and support Caregiving resources nationally and by state Dashboard to track your information and find support
We recommend these organizations and media links for their knowledge base for supporting the efforts and challenges family caregivers face. Each one has additional information that supplements our site. AARP provides a handy list of information for all aspects of caregiving Alzheimer’s Association CareFinder provides assistance to those caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease find good care in their community. Caregiver Action Network offers a virtual library of information and educational materials for family caregivers. Family Caregiver Alliance contains a wide array of publications and services based on caregiver needs, including a Family Care Navigator. GuideStar is a searchable website that researches non-profits. Medicare Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare-certified nursing home in the country. A nursing home is a place for people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24-hour nursing care. National Alliance for Caregiving contains publications and resources for caregivers, including the Family Care Resource Connection, where you can find reviews and ratings on over 1,000 books, videos, Web sites, and other materials on caregiving. Forbes Magazine contributor Carolyn Rosenblatt writes a weekly blog that focuses on healthy aging and dealing with aging loved ones needs.
It all starts with how a home care agency prepares their caregivers to be part of the family team effort. Hear from the inside how a Massachusetts based home care agency recruits, trains and assigns caregivers. The people we consider hiring as home health aides must meet very specific criteria. We for people who are patient and kind with positive energy and great communications skills, and who have empathy for the elderly and can perceive small changes in a clients behavior or health status. They must have the emotional intelligence and common sense to communicate, follow protocols and report both positive and negative incidents to our nursing team. We recommend that you research the agency and get at least 2 references. Also, if you hire an independent caregiver be sure to check with your state department of health or equivalent to see if they have a license and are insured (bonded) for your loved-ones protection. Provided by Best of Care HR Team