ELDER CARE RESOURCES
When faced with the need to care for family members—especially elderly or disabled members living at home—outside resources may prove immensely helpful. Here are some that may be useful:
First, start near home. Look in the government pages of your local telephone book for the city or county resources that may be available. (In many communities, these pages are blue.) You may also wish to contact the state legislator in whose district your family members live who need care; in many cases, legislators’ office staffs can guide you to available resources.
Check out these Internet links for possible help:
- Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). This site contains good links to home care options in general and to the entire spectrum of Alzheimer’s Disease information, including early warning signs of the disease.
- AARP (www.aarp.org). This is the largest organization in America devoted to the needs of those over 50. If you use the search box to find answers to topics such as “home care” and “caregiving” you will go directly to many links for this information.
- The American Society on Aging (www.asaging.org) is a site devoted to increasing knowledge and interest in maintaining and improving the quality of life for older people and their families.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter (www.nationalMSsociety.org/pae) Ask about the 80 hours of service provided at no charge for MS patients who qualify for help.
- Google (www.google.com) is one of many search engines that will provide numerous help links not noted here. Enter topics such as “home care” or “elderly home care” in the search box. If you enter an item such as “elderly home care” plus your city and state, you will receive a lot of extraneous information—but you might get lucky and find just what you are seeking.
- Philip's LifeLine Medical Alert Service with AutoAlert (www.lifelinesystems.com/info)
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (www.naela.org) is a nonprofit referral network connecting attorneys specializing in elder law with potential clients.
- National Family Caregivers Association (www.nfcacares.org) is an extremely valuable site for anyone among the 50 million in America caring for an elderly or disabled family member at home. Among its many excellent resources is detailed information on coping with caregiver stress.
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