Caregiver Resources & Long-Term Care

Family caregivers play an important role in the lives of their loved ones. In-home assistance, community programs, or residential facilities enable you to stay active and accomplish everyday tasks. There are many resources available to help older adults continue to live in their homes and participate in their communities.

Caregiver Resources

Get Support If You are a Caregiver
Easy-to-understand caregiver information for people who may have limited experience using the Internet and/or struggle with health literacy.

Long Distance Caregiving: Twenty Questions and Answers
If you live an hour or more away from a person who needs care, you can think of yourself as a long-distance caregiver. Read about long-distance caregiving.

National Family Caregiver Support Program
Find resources and useful links to support you and our caregiving responsibilities.

Caregiver Support
Get tips and information to help you care for your loved one with special medical needs, including programs for family members of veterans and people with disabilities to get paid to provide care.

Information & Assistance

Eldercare Locator
Enter your ZIP code or city and state to find resources in your community that provide information and assistance for older adults and caregivers.

Alternatives to Nursing Homes
A nursing home may not be your only option for long-term care. Before you make any decisions about long term care, get as much information as you can about where you might live and what help you may need. Find Care Providers
Find and compare information about Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes, hospitals, and other providers near you.

Planning for Long-Term Care
Approximately 70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives. Get guidance on how to put your long-term care plan in place.

Aging in Place: Growing Older at Home
With the right help, you may be able to stay in your own home and be more independent as you get older. Get the resources and support you need.
Find out what coverage you qualify for with Medicaid – the largest public payer for long-term care services.

Health Information Counseling
State Health Information and Assistance Programs (SHIPs) offer counseling on how to make the best use of your Medicare, Medi-gap, and long-term care insurance.  

Area Agencies on Aging
Search this local directory for information about the aging programs and services available in your area.

American Indian and Alaska Native Care
The American Indian and Alaska Native Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Technical Assistance Center works with CMS to provide resources for American Indian and Alaska Native elders and their communities.

Aging at Home: A Guide for Home Improvements
Tips for modifying your home to be more accessible helps prevent falls and injuries, which provides peace of mind for you and those around you.

Veterans Services

Elderly Veterans
As Veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits and services that address a variety of issues including financial challenges and the changing health risks they face through VA benefits and health services.

Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC)
GEC optimizes the health and well-being of Veterans with multiple chronic conditions, life-limiting illness, frailty, or disability associated with chronic disease, aging, or injury.

Paying for Long Term Care
Information about long term care services, Veterans Administration financial benefits, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and long-term care insurance. .

VA Caregiver Support
The VA provides programs—both in and out of your home—for caregivers of Veterans.

End of Life

Advance Directives
What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill to express your wishes? These legal documents allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time.

Funeral Costs and Pricing Checklist
Know your rights as a consumer and what to keep in mind when making funeral arrangements.

Donate the Gift of Life
Learn more about organ, eye, and tissue donation and how to register for organ donation.

Providing Care and Comfort at the End of Life
Care and comfort are an essential part of medical care at the end of life. Learn what to say, what to do, or how to provide comfort to a person who is dying.

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