resources for caregivers

The resources listed below provide information to support you, the family caregivers:

General Resources Getting Started

Senior Living Long Distance

Home Safety Drive or Ride?

Nutritional Care Managing Medications

Alzheimer's Disease Care for the Caregiver


 Getting Started 

"Ten Steps to Getting Started as Caregiver" is an article by Family Caregiver Alliance to help provide insight and begin to prepare you in your journey as a caregiver.

Virginia Caregiver Coalition provides on-going education programs and resources for Caregivers.

Senior Living

Paying for Senior Care is a website dedicated to help you understand your financial options for long term senior care.

MetLife Mature Market Institute - includes information and tools on topics such as choosing adult day services, assisted living communities and nursing homes.

Long Distance

Tips for the Long Distance Caregiver 

Caring From A Distance is an organization dedicated to providing support to long-distance caregivers.  On this site you will find a library of caregiving-relevant articles as well as service directories to find local help.

So Far Away: Twenty Questions and Answers About Long Distance Caregiving

Home Safety

Caregiving Help provides a checklist with ideas and suggestions on how to ensure your senior family member's safe within their home.

Drive or Ride?

“We Need to Talk” is a free online seminar, provided by AARP, that will help you determine how to assess your loved ones driving skills and provide tools to help you have this important conversation.

Virginia GrandDriver is an online educational resource to help provide Virginians with information and resources about staying safe and mobile on the roads as they age.

Managing Medications

Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors™ provides information and tips for managing medications safely.

Nutritional Care 

Nutritional Well Being of the Caregiver - Information provided by Barbara Ragland, Registered Dietician at St. Mary's Hospital.

Additional Health Tips - Information about health issues such as stress, sleep/rest, indigestion, etc., provided by Barbara Ragland, Registered Dietician at St. Mary's Hospital.

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

Care Crossroads is an online community provided by the Alzheimer’s Foundation that includes education, emotional support and practical information for the caregiver of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. 

Care for the Caregiver

Caregiver Bill of Rights is trusted non-profit resource that provides tips to help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love.

American Heart Association's comprehensive guide to self-care for the caregiver.

The Family Meeting can help caregivers and their families begin the communication necessary to support the needs of the older family member.

Senior Navigator website includes access to community programs and services for Virginia seniors and caregivers.

General Resources

"Five Wishes": a living will created by the non-profit organization Aging with Dignity.

Full Circle of Care - Hands on Help for Family Caregivers

National Caregivers Library

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders)

Senior Citizens Handbook: a resource for seniors, families, and caregivers to provide overview of information for senior citizens today.

Senior Connections

Videocaring: a visual education center for family caregivers. 

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