Caregivers

 

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As explained in the book, ‘Safe 4 Retirement ; The 4 Keys to a Safe Retirement’, caregiving is an important aspect of many retirees lives.  It’s important to understand that caregivers need support from those around them and resources available to them to help them.  In the book, the following are highlighted resources for caregivers:

One such entity is the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) (http://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/aoa_programs/hcltc/caregiver/index.aspx). According to their Web site, the NFCSP has assisted hundreds of thousands of caregivers in finding community services to help them, have provided training and support groups to another 140,000, and have given 73,000 caregivers almost 10 million hours of respite from their duties. The NFCSP is federally funded and works in conjunction with community services from across America to create a giant web of support specifically for caregivers.

Another great resource is the Family Caregiver Alliance from the National Center on Caregiving (http://www.caregiver.org). This is a nonprofit organization and describes itself as a “one-stop shopping center for caregivers.” They provide information, publications, links to community services, and programs to help caregivers across the nation. The Family Caregiver Alliance is active and full of resources. Check them out and you’ll be pleased with the sheer quantity of information. The caregiver support programs you will be directed to may incur costs. You may choose to pay for a professional caretaker to come in and takeover for a while. But compare this cost with that of a full-time nursing home, which has an average price of $80,000 a year, and it may actually work out cheaper. As well, what is the value of your sanity? You need regular breaks, and caregiver services are available that are full of people willing to step in.

The National Alliance for Caregiving is another nonprofit resource to look into (http://www.caregiving.org). They have an enormous network of contacts and sources of information. According to their Web site,  “Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving is a nonprofit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. Alliance members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, a government agency, and corporations.”

PREFERRED SITES

These are other preferred sites that present the most up to date and relevant caregiver resources available online:

Caregivers.com

Caregiver Resources from NIH (National Institute of Health)

The Caregiver’s Home Companion

Foundation for Caregivers

Quotes for Caregivers

A wonderful audio of an extended discussion between Jack Tatar and Diana Denholm, author of The Caregiver’s Handbook

Good information on Choosing A Retirement Community

The Caregivers Handbook

AARP Publication – Prepare to Care

PBS – Caregiving Resources

Chris MacLellan’s Caregiving Blog

How To Prepare to Financially Support Aging Parents 

Family Caregiving Alliance

 

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