Caring for Parents While Caring for Children
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Below are links to a variety of resources that discuss home care, and have definitions and explanations of terms.
Family Caregiver Alliance
FCA is first and foremost a public voice for caregivers. Founded in the late 1970s, it is the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home.
Caregiver Action Network
The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.
Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides an assortment of information on improving end-of-life care.
Look here for eligibility of government benefits and get contact info for the programs you’re interested in. Fill out the questionnaires to ensure that you’re not missing anything.
American Association of Daily Money Managers
Especially helpful for long-distance caring of parents, this site provides access to a daily money manager that will pay bills, make deposits, process insurance claims and handle other financial tasks that Mom and Dad may no longer be up to doing.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is a great means for keeping up to date on elder law issues and locating attorneys near an elderly loved one who specialize in elderly issues, including estate planning, powers of attorney, health proxies and Medicaid eligibility.
Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly
Tax-Aide, courtesy of the AARP, offers free income tax preparation tips, advice and resources from an army of volunteers year round.
This government site for people who qualify for Medicare is easier to navigate and more useful than the official site of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (cms.hhs.gov). It offers an interactive tool for comparing Medicare prescription drug plans and tips for lowering costs in the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole.