Additional Resources for Caregivers

AARP Family Caregiving: 866.389.5653 – This is an online support community for all caregiver roles offering free care guides, legal checklists, and care options. This site offers wide-ranging information, including tips for first-time caregivers, information on life changes and coping strategies, ways for caregivers to bring their lives in balance, and a number of caregiving tools.

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center: 703.256.2084 – This online resource center lists helpful programs and services for caregivers which can offer them a break. 

Caregiver Action Network: 202.454.3970 – This is a 40-state volunteer support network for family caregivers.

Caregiver Blogs: Caregivers can learn a lot by reading about others who are going through similar experiences. In addition, there is comfort in finding that one is not alone in their feelings and awareness. 

Caregiver Podcasts: A podcast is audio information that can be accessed via a computer or mobile device. Podcasts for caregivers provide valuable information on a variety of caregiving topics. 

Eldercare Locator: 800.677.1116 – Information on local caregiver resources for older adults and adults with disabilities.

Family Caregiver Alliance: 800.445.8106 - Includes the Family Care Navigator, a list of services and assistance by state.

Hospice Foundation of America: 800-854-3402 - Hospice and end-of-life care information. 

National Alliance for Caregiving: 301.718.8444 – Non-profit coalition focused on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy. 

National Clearinghouse for Long-term Care Information: 202.401.4634 - Information and tools to plan for future long-term care needs.

National Institute on Aging Information Center: 800.222.2225 – Federal research agency that studies aging issues. 

Online Support Groups for Caregivers: Many caregivers join online support groups, instead of attending regular meetings. This is a way to participate in an understanding community while remaining in the comfort of home. It's especially beneficial for those who have demanding schedules or have a loved one who needs serious care. AARP has a Caregiving Forum that users can use to share information and get advice. For concerns regarding mental health, Mental Health America can connect users, including caregivers, with other individuals on its online community.

Social Security Administration: 800-772-1213 - Information on retirement and disability benefits, includes how to sign up. 

Veterans Administration Caregiver Support: 855.260.3274 – Care and services for veterans and those who care for them. 

Well Spouse Association: 800.838.0879 - Online social community that provides support for spousal caregivers.