Important Resources for Family Caregivers

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Millions of Americans provide care and support for their loved ones. Good information and resources for help are so important for them as they try and balance the demands on their already hectic lives.

As a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) as well as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and licensed NY State real estate associate broker, my team and I often work with families as they or their loved ones need to downsize to a safer more manageable home or apartment, or must make the move to a care setting. We coordinate a whole range of services, in addition to the real estate segment, to ease the stress of moving.

From the beginning we recommend top professionals such as elder law attorneys, geriatric care managers and a variety of directors from area senior communities for guidance and planning. We also help arrange additional services such as tag sales, move management and settling-in services to make the senior comfortable in their new environment.

For those who aren’t ready to leave the family home we recommend those licensed and skilled to adapt the home for easy access and safety as well as other service providers to help the senior with daily living — ie. doctors who make house calls, pharmacists that deliver and companion or home health services.

Additional Resources:

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Caregivers Library – hundreds of articles, forms and checklists

BenefitsCheckUp – a free confidential online service to see if you qualify for benefits and one can take the first steps toward applying. These programs could help pay for prescription drugs, medical care, food or heat for their homes.

MyMedicareMatters – offers free step-by-step help to choose a Medicare plan for the first time, reassess coverage each year during open enrollment, and answer common questions about Medicare and what it covers.

EldercareLocator – a free service of the Administration on Aging that helps connect people to services for older adults and their families. Also call 800-677-1116.

VA Caregivers Support – a program of the Veterans Administration offering support to caregivers of veterans of all ages.

Caregiving can be an overwhelming full time job. To know there are resources to help with a myriad of questions and an ever-evolving set of new problems is comforting.