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.
The Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) is part of the New York State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and provides free, accurate and unbiased consumer help with Medicare, managed care, Medigap insurance, long-term care insurance and more for Medicare beneficiaries, their families and others. It receives federal funds from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to operate a statewide network of local programs. HIICAP assists Medicare beneficiaries to access needed health care and to apply for programs such as the Medicare Savings Programs and the Medicare Advantage Programs. HIICAP counselors also educate about Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, EPIC, and other health insurance options and issues.
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.
New York Connects is a statewide, locally based point of entry system that provides one-stop access to free, objective and comprehensive information and assistance on long-term services and support. New York Connects’ trained Information and Assistance Specialists provide individualized information and assistance and connects individuals of all ages needing long-term services and support, as well as their caregivers, to the services and support they need to maintain independence to the extent possible, regardless of payment source.
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.