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"CARESOLVER"

A one-stop, personalized care plan that an adult child who is caregiving for an aging parent can create for free online. CareSolver asks for basic information to be entered into the program resulting in a plan of action outlining everything a family caregiver needs to do to care for their aging parent, when to do it, and how, complete with how to videos.



ELDERLY CAREGIVER PROGRAMS

Elderly Caregiver Support and Assistance | Elderly Caregiver Education and Training
Grandparents as Parents


Elderly Caregiver Support and Assistance Programs

Livable Communities Caregivers Coaching Program
Volunteer caregivers donate time to provide support and assistance for elderly caregivers in the New York area.
Elderserve
Safe Centers for Seniors
Program

Drop in centers that help provide support and assistanceto overwhelmed elderly caregivers & senior citizens in the New York area.
Short-Term
Assisted Living Respite
Programs

Assisted Living by the day, week, or month. Elderly caregivers receive support and assistance by taking a short-term respite while seniors experience assisted living for a few days. A across the USA.


Caregiver Training
Coalition
Program

Legal support, assistance, education, and referrals for eldelry caregivers provided by "Bet Tzedek" in Los Angeles, California.
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Hospital Respite Care for Senior Citizens
Program

Empty hospital beds in New Jersey are used to give elderly caregivers support, assistance and respite from taking care of a senior loved one.
Veterans Association Caregiver Support Program
A support phone line for US War Veterans that links them up with caregiver benefits, support services and assistance. Across the USA.


Comfort Keepers Interactive Caregiving Program
Holistic in-home elderly caregiving for the whole person, addressing mental, physical, social and emotional health. Available across the USA. Watch Video
Time Out Respite
Program



College students in Philadelphia provide quality, low cost respite to families providing elderly caregiving, support and assistance.
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Caregiver Relief Fund Program


Provides support and assistance to elderly caregivers through vouchers which they may turn in for professional at-home respite care. Across the USA. Watch Video

Caregiver Rewards Program


Volunteer caregivers put in hours caregiving for someone in the community and receive caregiver hours back for themselves when they need it for their own caregiving. They can also gift those caregiving hours to a friend or loved one in need. The "reward" volunteers receive is that they have their time banked for future use. It is an incentive based caregiver program.This is a proposed program.
Coping With
Caregiving Radio Program

Caregiving radio program hosted by Jacqueline Marcell author of "Elder Rage" giving caregivers assistance to those who feel they are "parenting parents" by providing information and interviews with experts in eldercare on a variety of caregiving topics. Available online.
Family Caregivers Unite Radio
Program

Radio show featuring a variety of topics and discussions with experts, those who feel they are "parenting parents" and family caregivers. By Voice America. Watch Video

Caregiver Hour
Radio Show
Program

A caregiver radio show hosted by Kim Linder that helps to those who feel they are "parenting parents," and family caregivers by providing support, encouragement, advice and resources.
Care Conversations Program


Information, videos, sample questions and conversations to help guide people who feel as though they are parenting parents" have "the conversation." Learn how to connect and communicate with elderly loved ones, health care providers and health care industry professionals. Available Online.
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KC Connect
SENIORS Hotline
Program

Information referral and assistance for seniors, caregivers, long-distance caregivers, agencies providing services to seniors, community organizations and others. Missouri, USA.

Anne Byron Waud Patient Family Resource Center for Healthy Aging
Professional assistance and advice provided to the public for issues and situations related to aging, disease and caregiving.Chicago, IL, USA. Watch Video
CareSolver



A one-stop, personalized care plan that an adult child who is caregiving for an aging parent can create for free online. CareSolver asks for basic information to be entered into the program resulting in a plan of action outlining everything a family caregiver needs to do to care for their aging parent, when to do it, and how, complete with how to videos.
Available for free Online.
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Caregiver Action Network Family Caregiver Story Project
Family caregivers support group where members share their story and read other family caregiver stories online through the Caregiver Action Network website. The Story project provides caregiver support and an outlet for what can be a stressful and overwhelming task. Online. Watch Video

Carers Week UK



An annual awareness campaign across the United Kingdom, which aims to improve the lives of carers through recognition and advocacy as well as improve the lives of the people they care for. United Kingdom.
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CareZone



A family caregiver support program which helps caregivers to stay organized when caring for an elderly parent or someone in need. Caregivers can organize files, contacts, and medications, and coordinate with family and other caregivers using a shared calendar and journal. Available Online.
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InvolveCare



A free caregiver app that helps organize family caregiving support by sharing information about an aging parent with family and friends who want to help and then assists to divide duties and responsibilities.
Available Online.

Unfrazzle



A caregiver app which keeps track of day-to-day caregiving tasks and lets caregivers share some of the responsibilities and information with others such as family members. The caregiver app aims to reduce the amount of caregiver stress and isolation by sharing information and tasks with others who are willing to help. Online.
India Rainbow
South Asian
Senior Services


Senior services such as an adult day program, Alzheimer's, dementia, caregiver assistance, education and rehabilitation services for South Asian and Indo-Canadian seniors living in the Toronto, Ontario area. Senior services are available in in Punjabi. Ontario, Canada.
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Handbook for Family Caregivers of Patients with Serious Illness
A useful caregiver guide by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine to help caregivers who are caring for those with serious illness. Caregiver support includes learning about the healthcare system, how to communicate with physicians, understanding insurance coverage, self-care and other important topics. Available Free Online.

Elderly Caregiver Education & Training Programs

Caregiver Briefcase
Program



Psychologists receive their own elderly caregiver education and training, learning skills to address the unique needs and challenges of caregivers. Across the U.S.A.
LGBT Caregiver
Online Support
Group Program

A place for elderly caregivers, of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors to seek caregiver education and training for the unique issues when caring for LGBT gay seniors. Available Online Watch Video
Adult Guardianship Family Caregiver Mediation Training
Training for mediators to deal with family/sibling conflicts over elderly parents, or adult guardianship issues and the stress of all of sudden feeling they are "parenting parents." Michigan, USA.

American Red Cross Family Caregiving Program
Elderly caregiver classes and training by the Red Cross on caring for the elderly, covering everything from personal care to legal and financial matters. Across the USA.
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Telecaregiving
Workshop
Program

Caregivers training, tips and skills in a free conference call workshop or through online workshops. California, USA.
Webinars for
Caregiver Professionals
Program

Webinars (online seminars) education and training for professional elderly caregivers in nursing facilities and other health organizations. Online.

Webinars for
Family Caregivers Program

Webinars (live seminars through the Internet) education and training for family members who feel as though they are in the new postion of parenting parents, partners and friends caregiving for a loved one with a chronic or disabling health condition. Online.
Friends of the Elderly Brown Bag Lunch Series Program
Series of lunch hour eldelry caregiver classes, trainings and guest speakers for elderly caregivers who work with the elderly in the Chicago area.
Workplace Eldercare Seminars for Family Caregivers Program

Elderly caregiver training seminars on worksites for employees of corporations who all of a sudden find themselves in the new role of "parenting parents." The benefit of the program is meant for both employees and employers. Held in Minnesota. Watch Video

American Society on Aging Education on Caregiving Program
Elderly caregiver education and training for professionals and others on caregiving for seniors. Across the USA.
Caregiver COMPASS Workshop
Program

Training for caregivers into give them tools to better manage the challenges they may face. Alberta, Canada.
Elder Life Planning for Faith Based
Communities

Caregiver training presentation to equip religious leaders of all faiths to address the growing needs of seniors and their caregivers.
Massachusetts, USA.

HESTA
Aged Care Awards



The HESTA Aged Care Awards recognize aged care professionals for their care of the elderly in their homes, retirement villages or aged care facilities. Australia.

Grandparents As Parents Programs

Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren
Program

This program is different.
A respite program FOR senior citizens in the Chicago area who are taking care of grandchildren!
Kinship Care Project Program


Provides free legal aid to low income grandparents acting as parents and other family members acting as parents so that they can keep and raise their grandchildren/kin in the Los Angeles area.
Catholic Charities Grandparents as Parents Program
Catholic Charities offers grandparents who are caring for their grandchild with a help line, support, information, referrals, workshops and seminars. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Relatives as Parents Program


Awards grants for programs that help grandparents as parents and other relatives care for children in New York.
Grandfamilies
Program


To provide support, crisis intervention, guardianship and custody information and more to grandparents as parents or other relatives caregiving for a relative’s child. In Utah.
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Family Friends
Family Support
Program

Connects seniors who have experience, wisdom and time to be a "family friend" to grandparents or other relatives caregiving for a child and are overwhelmed and isolated. In the Philadelphia area.
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Kinship Respite Day Program


A day on which grandparents and others caring for children can drop off the kids for fun activities and events in Virginia, USA.
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Grandparents As Parents Support
Program

Free support and counseling for grandparents caring for grandchildren or grandparents as parents in the Los Angeles area.
Grandparents As Parents Caregiver Training
Program

Grandparents as parents get training and support to be caregivers to grandchildren in the Los Angeles area.

Modern World 101 Grandparents as Parents Support Program
A grandparents as parents caregiver program including helpful information about government financial resources, how to communicate with grandchildren, the legal issues behind grandchild custody, modern technology, budgeting, and more.
Georgia, USA. Watch Video
AARP GrandFamilies Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The AARP GrandFamilies Guide helps support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren with issues ranging from coping with an overwhelming task, to financial, legal and child support assistance along with childcare options. Available Online. Across the USA.
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Generations United National Center on Grandfamilies Programs
Generations United provides support programs for grandparents raising grandchildren and advocates for grandfamilies by lobbying to make laws and policies more supportive of grandparents and children. Across the USA. Watch Video

Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren Network


The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Network brings together grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and other family and friends carers to give them a voice, to share experiences, and to find solutions. The network's programs allow grandparents to feel more comfortable to act in the role of grandparents as parents. England and Wales, United Kingdom.
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
New South Wales NSW

An alliance of grandparents raising grandchildren that provides support, research and collaboration with grandparent support groups and the community. The organization raises awareness, provides support services and advocates for fair and equitable treatment of grandparents as parents.
New South Wales, Australia.
Time For Grandparents Program


To support grandparents who are acting as parents of grandchildren by providing respite Grandcamps where children participate in entertaining activities and grandparents take seminars, meet other grandparents raising their grandchildren and relax. Queensland, Australia.

Grandma-2-Grandma Program


Sponsors are found for grandmothers who are raising their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren in Africa.
Grandmothers to Grandmothers
Campaign

Grandmothers in Canada have made it a mission to connect with, support and provide help to African grandmothers caregiving for millions of children orphaned by AIDS and communities ravaged by war.
In Canada and Africa.
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Nyanya Project
Program



Empowers African grandmothers to keep their grandchildren together as a result of AIDS. Watch Video




GUIDE FOR AGING PARENTS AND FIGHTING SIBLINGS

Are you and your siblings in the new position of parenting your parents, or are other family members fighting over who should take care of aging parents? Download a guide from the Center for Social Gerontology
source: tcsg.org


"FIND A CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP IN YOUR AREA"

caregiver support group

An excellent listing of international caregiver support groups covering the USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, Philippines, and Puerto Rico.

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caregiver guide


"CAREGIVERS GUIDE"

A free useful 30 page guide with practical advice for the caregiver from the Westchester Government.





"HOW TO BE A LONG-DISTANCE CAREGIVER TO AN ELDERLY PARENT"

long distance caregiving

What do you do when you all of a sudden find yourself "parenting parents?" What may be an anxiety filled role can also be viewed proactively as that of a coordinator. As a long distance caregiver to an elderly parent you may experience a roller coaster of emotions and frustrations, however with the right organization, planning and quality of connection to your loved one, it can also be a very rewarding time.

1. MAINTAIN A REGULAR AND CONSISTENT TIME TO CALL OR TELECONFERENCE YOUR ELDERLY PARENT. Arrange a call time that suits both your schedule and your elderly parent's routine. Doing so will allow you to check in or chat at the same time every day or week. It will also avoid unnecessary worry if your loved one does not pick up the phone after multiple attempts. In some cases a cell phone may provide better communication and also ensure added safety.

2. DIVIDE THE CARE OF YOUR ELDERLY PARENT AMONG FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE WILLING TO ASSIST BASED ON INDIVIDUAL SKILL SET AND LOCATION. Discussing and designating manageable tasks to each person allows for multiple needs of your loved one to be met and also decreases the level of stress on one caregiver. The end result may be better quality of care. For example, one sibling living nearby may agree to take the elderly parent to the doctor every month since they are good with reminders and appointments. Another sibling living far away who is adept in financial matters would be responsible for on line bill paying and keeping records up to date.

3. KEEP UP TO DATE RECORDS FOR YOUR ELDERLY PARENT OR KNOW WHERE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS ARE. Examples of important information to keep track of are: medications, advanced directive instructions, a will, financial information and of course a contact list of your parents doctors, accountant and lawyer. A list of services for the elderly in your parent's community is also helpful.

4. INVOLVE YOUR ELDERLY PARENT IN THEIR OWN CARE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND RESPECT THEIR PRIVACY. One of the most important things is to encourage your loved ones involvement in their own care. The ability to make decisions, however small maintains a sense of control and dignity over their life. Be careful not to take that away from them in your well-intentioned concern. Respect your loved ones privacy such as asking them if they would like you present during a doctor's visit or asking for their permission in handling financial affairs.

5. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO VISIT MAKE QUALITY TIME A PRIORITY RATHER DEALING WITH HOUSEKEEPING TYPE ITEMS. Quality, one on one interaction is the kind that your loved one is most likely in need of and unable to receive from others. Make sure that you find an opportunity to just listen or take them out to a place nearby of their choosing for a change of scene. Designate a set time to deal with things such as paperwork or any needed modifications to the house or plan a separate visit all together if possible.

6. HIRE A GERIATRIC CARE MANAGER (GCM) TO HANDLE YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS AFFAIRS. If you are overwhelmed with the responsibility or simply need support consider using the services of a Geriatric Care Manager. This person is a professional gerontologist or nurse who is located near your parent and able to coordinate multiple services such as; housing, assisted living arrangements, medical services and more. A specific care plan for your parent is implemented and may be referred to so that everyone involved in their care is on the same page with respect to their well-being.

7. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF SO THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR ELDERLY PARENT. Join a support group to deal with emotions such as feelings of guilt, anxiety, anger or sadness that you may be experiencing from not being nearby. There is no shortage of groups to choose from wherever you may be.



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