As a caregiver for a parent, spouse, or child with special needs, you may need help. These resources and suggestions can help you find emotional and task support.
Federal Government Caregiver Resources
- Alzheimer’s Caregiving - Find out from the National Institute on Aging how to be a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Learn skills for coping with a loved one’s behavioral changes.
- Caregiver Resources - The National Institute of Health's MedlinePlus site has an overview of caregiver services. It also offers resources to help you protect your own health.
- Caring for the Caregiver - This resource from the National Cancer Institute is for family and friends who are caring for a person with cancer.
- Managing Someone Else’s Money Guide - The family member you're caring for may not be able to handle their bills themselves. Get information about managing their finances from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- The VA Caregiver Support Line helps people caring for veterans. Find services and benefits for your loved one and get support for yourself.
- Office on Women’s Health Caregiver Page - Get tips on how to prevent or relieve caregiver stress and how to find and pay for home health care services.
State and Local Caregiver Support Resources
- Finding Local Services - Use this list from the Department of Health and Human Services to find a variety of government and non-government resources. Compare home health agencies, or use the Eldercare Locator to connect with senior services.
Additional Support for Caregivers
If you're not able to leave your loved one at home but need emotional support, an online support group might be a good option. Be careful not to give out detailed personal, medical, or financial information to anyone online to protect against fraud or scams.