Caregiving is difficult and the decisions caregivers make are difficult. They are complicated, involving different, sometimes conflicting, factors. And they almost always come with time pressures, emotional pressures, and stress. Caregiving can also trigger a host of difficult emotions, including anger, fear, resentment, guilt, helplessness, and grief. The resources found here can help caregivers get the support they need while caring for someone they love.
The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is a nonprofit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge. They serve a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. Here you will find education, peer support and resources for family caregivers.
Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program
Pennsylvania offers a free health insurance counseling program (APPRISE) designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance.
APPRISE COUNSELORS CAN HELP YOU:
- Understand your Medicare benefits by explaining what services are covered under Medicare Parts A and B and your Medicare
- Understand your Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) benefit
- Make informed choices about Medicare coverage options, Medigap policies and Medicare Advantage Plans
- Understand Medicare eligibility and enrollment
- Understand financial assistance programs that may be available to help pay for your Medicare premiums, deductible and co-pays, as
well as your prescription drug needs (Extra Help and Medicare Savings Plan)
- Understand and assist with the Medicare appeal process
- Understand benefits under Long Term Care policies
- By making presentations on Medicare to your group or organization
Toll-free APPRISE Helpline is 1-800-783-7067 or online APPRISE, all services are free and confidential.
The National Caregivers Library is one of the most extensive libraries for caregivers that exists today. Here you will find hundreds of articles, forms, checklists and links to topic-specific external resources all organized into logical categories
Long-term Care Choices
What are my other long-term care choices?
A nursing home may not
be your only choice. Before you make any decisions about long term
care, talk to your family, your doctor or other health care provider, a
person-centered counselor, or a social worker to understand more about
other long-term care services and support services.
Today's Caregiver Magazine
Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, Today's Caregiver magazine is the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers. The website includes topic-specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of its products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers.