A caregiver resource list can help you locate programs and services that will benefit the individual you are caring for as well as yourself. Many people who have a caregiver role are unaware of assistance that may be available to them, such as educational programs for caregivers and a variety of financial benefits that help to cover the costs of prescription medications, medical equipment, food and housing of the individual you are caring for.
The following list of organizations can help make your role of care giving a little easier with programs and services that can help to support your unique situation.
The Administration on Aging is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the AoA is to “develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.” Examples of the types of programs they offer include Community Innovations for Aging in Place - designed to help older Americans stay in their homes and communities, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, and Community Living Grants, which provide financial assistance for older individuals so that they can stay in their communities and avoid being placed in a nursing home.
For those living in the U.S., the National Council on Aging provides online applications and guidelines to help individuals facing financial hardship find funding for their prescription medications, healthcare costs and food. The service is offered free of charge to the disabled and their caregivers.