The Caregiver’s Resource Helpline targets your message to the growing number of seniors and adults with elderly parents, involved in the care of an aging family member. Often unprepared, their greatest challenge is to know what resources are available, how to find them and what to do with them. The Caregiver’s Resource Helpline shortens the learning curve and equips them with effective guidance, advice and reliable resources to help problem-solve the most challenging caregiver situation.
- Vision and hearing
- Taste, touch and smell
- Maintaining an active mind
- Dealing with confusion
Self Help for the Caregiver – Caregiving can be a challenging and rewarding experience. The ability to be a caregiver over the long term depends upon taking care of oneself and knowing how to balance caregiving responsibilities with self-care. When caregivers take care of themselves and ask for support it can help to manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. Helpful skills include knowing how to:
- Take charge of challenging situations
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Determine your family’s needs
- Deal with professionals
- Involve the family
- Avoid burnout
Living Arrangements – Whether you are a long distance caregiver or one who lives near the senior, it’s important to knwo how to make the most appropriate living arrangements for an aging loved one. It requires knowledge of housing options, awareness of community resources and assurance that your aging family member is in a safe environment. The topics in this section include:
- Exploring housing options
- Long distance caregiving
- Locating community resources
- Safety in the home
- Dealing with medication
- Choosing a nursing home
- Subacute nursing home care
- Deal with your feelings
- Change family roles
- Avoid isolation
- Recognize changes in individuals and family dynamic
- Plan for difficult situations
- Plan for death
Financial & Legal Assistance – Making informed financial and legal decisions are critical to successfully managing the affairs of an aging family member. In this section, the topics will help you learn about longterm care insurance, sources for paying medical expenses, and federal benefits such as Social Security, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid. Discover strategies for protecting your family member and his/her assets.
- Help for medical & long-term care
- Help with income & housing expenses
- Legally protect your family member
- Protecting your family member’s assets
- Getting private insurance
Source: James R. Cook, PhD and C.D. Fernald, PhD of the “Family Caregiver Project” at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, NC and authors of Caring Families: How to care for your aging family served as subject matter experts and content advisors for the Programs and Topics of Interest on the Caregiver’s Resource Helpline.
Note: This service is not intended to diagnose or treat an illness. Always check with your doctor or other health professional. Average Topic of Interest is 3 minutes.
Directory of Resources and Services
What is the Directory of Resources and Services?
Often unprepared, a caregiver’s greatest challenge is to know what resources are available, how to find them and what to do with them. Remember how easy it was to pick up a phone to get information. With so many so many choices, caregivers want practical “how to” information and resources and want to find it quickly, when they need it.
How Does It Work?
Seamlessly, a common application of Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology easily allows access to the following user-friendly features for callers to:
• send and receive text messages of information about related product or service
• leave a return call message
• Direct-connect and speak “live” to an advertiser for consultation during normal business hours
|Adult Day Centers|
|Alzheimer and Dementia Care|
|Assisted Living Communities|
|Continuing Care Communities|
|Elder Care Planning|
|Geriatric Care Management|
|Home Care Agencies|
|Hospice and Palliative Care|
|Independent Living Communities|
|Investment Advisory Services|
|Long-Term Care Insurance|
|Long-Term Care Planning|
|Medical/Non-Medical Healthcare Services|
|Pre-Planning Memorial Services|
|Real Estate Services|
|Senior Relocation Services|