A common inquiry I often hear from many family caregivers is, "Where can I find help?" While the "help" they are seeking can range from financial assistance to home care assistance, there are basic resources I initially inform individuals about to get them started. Below are a few of those resources as well as their website links so you can obtain more information.
Area Agency on Aging - if you are interested in learning about what resources are available in a loved one's community, contacting the Area Agency on Aging can help you find local senior resources. I often refer to it as the 411 for Senior services. To find a local Area Agency on Aging in your community, also referred to Department of Aging in NYC, visit www.eldercare.gov.
Lawhelp.org - for individuals and families facing legal issues like housing, immigration, worker's rights, etc., the task of finding free/low cost assistance can be overwhelming. For such individuals, I often recommend a visit to Lawhelp.org to help facilitate the search. While I can by no means attest to the quality and availability of services an individual will find, I do know it has been a valuable resource when I needed to assist various clients in finding local legal assistance programs or organizations.
Medicare and Your Rights - aside from visiting Medicare's government website to learn more about what this insurance program covers, I also encourage individuals and families to visit the Medicare Rights Center. This website is a great resource to obtain information, counseling and advocacy on various issues some people experience with Medicare. Trainings and political updates are also available for those who are interested.
While there are many more resources I can list here, some of them are more specific to a person's individual situation. Are you interested in learning about a particular resource? While my knowledge is limited mostly to the NYC/Central NJ area, feel free to leave an inquiry below and I will do my best to assist.
Christine M. Valentin
As a licensed clinical social worker, I help individuals caring for a loved one reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and stress. This blog is meant to share with you, many of the suggestions I recommend to many family caregivers. Sign up to receive them directly.