Navigating the world of caregiving can be overwhelming for adult children, many of whom are thrust into caregiving roles almost overnight. CARING FOR MOM & DAD explores some of the major challenges caregivers face, including managing a work-life balance and dealing with the financial burden of caregiving. The resources provided on this page will help caregivers—new or seasoned— ease the caregiving process by providing services, tools, and advice in key areas related to caregiving.
When people go through any major life change—graduation, marriage, parenthood—there is often a period of learning and preparation. However, we are rarely given the opportunity or skills to get ready to care for an elder. If you have recently found yourself in a caregiver position, you may be unsure where to start or whom you can reach out to for help. The resources and organizations listed below can help you figure out how to take that first step.
How do you make the best eldercare decisions without compromising your family's overall economic security? It's a complicated question, but one well worth devoting some time and creative thinking. Making decisions about health care, home care, and housing needs can be both overwhelming and costly. The resources and tools listed below will help you to start planning now for the future needs of elders and for your own future needs as well.
Managing the Cost of Caregiving
Managing Parents' Finances
Government Resources & Support
Government programs exist to support caregivers. You will want to explore federal, state, and local resources to see the full range of the services and financial assistance available to you in your area.
Regional Resource Locators
Workplace Resources & Support
If you're finding yourself struggling to achieve a balance between your work and your caregiving and family life, you are not alone. Seventy percent of working caregivers confront work related disruptions, including backing off a career, working part-time, or quitting altogether. As this number grows, companies are realizing the need to support their employees in these challenges. The resources listed below can help both employers and employees find a work-life balance that suits caregiving and professional goals.
Balancing Working and Caregiving
Communicating with Family
As parents age, relationships between parents and children and between siblings can change. Caregivers may find it difficult to discuss finances, hygiene, and other topics with elders or siblings, and this can add to the stresses of caregiving. If you're getting ready to have those tough conversations with your family, or if you feel that intervention by a neutral third party may ease existing tensions, the resources and services listed below may help.
Advances in technology are enabling caregivers to access resources that may have been previously unavailable to them. These advances have led to a range of tools, from devices, such as emergency buttons wearable around an elder's neck, to services like instant online face-to-face support with caregiving professionals, to mobile applications available on your smart device wherever you go. The resources listed below can help you begin to explore technology-based caregiving tools and services that are available to you.
More from PBS
Filmmaker Michael Kirk highlights the challenges adult children face as they transition into the primary caregiver role for their aging parents.
FRONTLINE follows renowned writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the intersection of life, death, medicine, and what matters in the end.
Resources, news, and more for America's booming 50+ population as they plan for a new life stage.