CareGiving covers so much territory it can be hard to know where to start looking for help and information. The sections below include links to databases, national organizations and governmental agencies.
Where to Start
Caregivers-USA.org The producers of & Thou Shalt Honor, with a grant from the Motion Picture Television Fund, have compiled a database of about 40,000 community service organizations and service providers.
BenefitsCheckUp Operated by the National Council on the Aging, this Web-based service identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans in each community. You must fill out a short questionnaire which is used only to determine which programs an older person qualifies for.
A caregivers' support group
State Agencies on Aging Every state has one or more agencies in charge of administering programs for the aging. They can help caregivers find local programs.
Eldercare Locator Operated by the U.S. Administration on Aging, this is a nationwide directory of state and area agencies that deal with services for the aging. There's also a toll-free number -- 1-800-677-1116 -- which operates Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern time.
National Family Caregivers Association NFCA is a grass roots organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones