Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is honorary chairperson of the Rosalynn Carter Institute at the Georgia Southwestern State University whose mission is to understand the care-giving process and discover new ways to assist formal and informal caregivers.
Care-giving can be a daunting task. Whether a woman is caring for her children, an ailing spouse or an elderly parent, the strain can sometimes be enormous. It is especially difficult for those who must manage two all-consuming roles - that of caregiver and breadwinner. For many women, this dual role is not a matter of choice but a matter of necessity. It's important to take care of yourself first. Try to keep organized and learn how to advocate for the healthcare needs of your loved one.
This page offers caregivers many useful resources, links and tools to help you with this most important role.
One tool many caregivers find helpful is a Medication Organizer Box – especially when managing more than one medication or dispensing pills at different times of the day. (see photograph below), available for purchase at most drugstores. Use this in combination with a Medication Record.
|Medication Organizer Box|
Social Services - Contact your local Board of Social Services and ask about Respite Care, federally-funded "Title" programs and other resources available to assist caregivers with elder care relief.
Visiting Nurse Association - Check your yellow pages directory under "Nurses". A registered nurse can be an invaluable resource person when planning “at-home” care. A visiting nurse is a trained professional. A visiting nurse is able to do a thorough health needs assessment and report results to a doctor, insurance company or other care provider. A visiting nurse is a strong health advocate and a vital link of support for “at-home” caregivers.
On the web, go to www.caregiver.com to locate a daycare center (for child or elder care) nearest you (details on more than 90,000 childcare and 70,000 elder-care facilities nationwide).Helpful Organizations
Administration on Aging, 330 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20201.
Allergy and Asthma: National Allergy and Asthma Network, 3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030-2709. 703.385.4403. Support for parents and practical advice.
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, PO Box 376-A, Greenbelt, MD 20768. ph 301.220.0952
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 601 E. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049. ph 800.424.2277
American Council of the Blind, 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 720, Washington, DC 20005. ph 202.467.5081 or 800.424.8666
American Foundation for the Blind, 15 W 16th St., NY, NY 10011. ph 800.AF-BLIND. Ask for the "Director of Services for the Visually Impaired," a state-by-state listing of services available nationally.
American Society on Aging ph 415.882.2910
Arthritis: The Arthritis Foundation, 1314 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30309. ph 800.283.7800
Association for Adult Development and Aging c/o American Counseling Association. ph 703.823.9800
Bereavement: Compassionate Friends, PO Box 3696, Oakbrook, IL 60522-3696. ph 708-990-0010. Support groups and information for bereaved family members. Emphasizes positive resolution to grief.
Children of Aging Parents ph 215.945.6900
Concerned Relatives of Nursing Home Patients, PO Box 18820, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. ph 218.3321.0403.
Gerontologic Society of America ph 202.842.1275
Hospice: National Hospice Organization, 1901 N. Moore St, Suite 901, Arlington, VA 22209. ph 800.658.8898.
Hospice: Children's Hospice International, 901 N. Washington St., Suite 700, Alexandria, VA 22314. ph 703.684.0330 or 800.242.4453.
Legal Problems, Wills, Guardianships and Trusts: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys ph 602. 881.4005
Lupus: The Lupus Foundation of America, ph 800.558.0121 or 800.800.4532
Mended Heart, c/o American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231. ph 214-706.1442 For persons who have heart disease, their families and friends.
Mental Illness: COMPEER, Inc., Monroe Square, Suite B-1, 259 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14607. ph 716.546.8280. Matches volunteers with people needing assistance.
Mental Illness: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 2102 Wilson Blvd, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201. ph 800.951.NAMI or 703.524.7600
National Council on Aging, 409 3rd St., SW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20024. ph 202.479-1200 or 800.424.9046.
National Institute of Mental Health, Aging Branch. ph 301.443.1185
National Support Center of Families of the Aging. ph 215.544.5933
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