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hispanic.jpgA CAREGIVER is anyone who provides assistance to someone else with care needs.

If you find yourself in the role of caregiver, either for someone who lives in your home, or for someone who lives far from you such as an aging parent, we want you to know that you are not alone.

We are here to help you find the information, resources and support that you need.  

Click on any of the links below to access our Information & Assistance  department, Caregiver Assistance Newsletter, locate Resource Libraries, our Custom Care department, or to find Caregiver Education opportunties.

You can also call the Info-Line for Aging and Long-Term Care at 800-654-2810 to speak to a Community Information Manager about resources and services to meet your needs. Community Information Managers are degreed professionals available to answer your questions about:

  • In-home care
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid and insurance
  • Finding housing, food or transportation
  • Financial assistance
  • Nearly everything of importance to seniors and their families

Resource guide for caregivers A new resource guide with links to services available through the Administration on Aging, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and state and local programs.

Caregiver Assistance Newsletter A monthly newsletter to provide you with critical information enabling caregiver.jpgyou to provide care for your loved one with confidence, pride and competence.  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   us to receive your complimentary subscription.

Caregiver_Education  Click to view trainings and workshop opportunities for Caregivers. 

Aging_Issues Click to view library materials available for checkout.

Custom_Care  A Registered Nurse/Geriatric Care Manager is available for free consultative call and will work with you to find the answers and resources you need – you don’t have to do it alone.  Custom Care services beyond the consultative call are a private-pay service of the Area Agency on Aging.

Caregiver Respite provided by Senior Volunteers who assist other seniors who need some extra support and assistance with daily tasks.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren  Assists grandparents and other kin caregivers (including aunts and uncles) with legal, financial, and parenting issues.

Additional Resources and Links for Caregivers:

(Some resources are in PDF form and require Adobe Reader. For a free download of Adobe Reader Click Here.)

Since You Care This guide provides practical suggestions and useful tools to help caregivers make decisions about how to best provide care for their loved ones.

Hiring an Independent Caregiver and Caregiver Hiring Guide Two guides to assist you in knowing when and how to hire in-home help. 

So Far Away A helpful guide for Long Distance Caregivers. From helping a far-away relative sort through medical bills to making the most of a weekend vist with mom, or chekcing the references of an aide, this booklet offeres you tips regardless of who you are caring for or how far away from you they live.

Staying In Touch How will I know mom and dad are OK?  This brochure outlines how families can stay in touch with older loved ones and be prepared when a crisis situation occurs. It includes a tear-off sheet for personal planning.

Caregiver.com This site has a variety of information for and about caregivers and caregiving.

The Area Agency on Aging is committed to supporting seniors and persons with disabilities, and their caregivers and families.  For more information about the Agency and ways to support its mission of Offering Choices for Independent Lives, visit our Fund Development page or call us at 269-983-0177 or toll-free at 800-442-2803.