Below you’ll find the great resources that can help you connect with local services and support. Additionally, there are numerous online resources for caregivers. Scroll down for a list of some you may find useful.
Connecting with local services and support.
Finding information about services and resources can feel overwhelming―especially if you don’t quite know where to begin. A great place to start is ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Center, a one-stop connector to all the services and supports New Hampshire caregivers need. ServiceLink is a program of the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
“We service all populations, and within that is the caregiver population,” said Maryanne Ferguson, executive director of the Keene (Cheshire County) ServiceLink office, where caregivers are connected to those services in the Monadnock Region.
“We’re the resource hub in terms of federal, state and community-based programs and resources. A caregiver can visit [the ServiceLink office] with any question and we’ll help to guide that process. We don’t make decisions about programs and services. We employ a person-centered approach to options counseling.”
Services and resources regarding all matters related to aging including housing and in-home services, transportation, healthcare benefits, prescription assistance, mental health services, understanding accessing Medicare/Medicaid, veterans’ programs, community involvement opportunities, events and training, guides and publications for caregivers can be accessed through ServiceLink. The ServiceLink website also has a searchable database for services.
ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Center
www.servicelink.nh.gov | 603-357-1922
Cheshire County office: 105 Castle Street, Keene, NH
NHCarePath, a partner program of ServiceLink, is also a connector to information, assistance and care throughout the state, with a special emphasis on resources for caregivers. Resources for caregivers of adults linked on the site include information on Alzheimer’s support groups, caregivers of veterans, family supports services, home health agencies, and respite care.
The New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services
www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/beas | (603) 271-7014
Provides a variety of social and long-term supports to adults age 60 and older and to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have a chronic illness or disability. They also investigate reports of abuse, neglect, self neglect or exploitation of incapacitated adults.
National Level Resources
Contains articles, tools and forums to assist caregivers in navigating the “labyrinth of caregiving”. Features articles and videos by best-selling author Gail Sheehy.
An online community that connects people caring for elderly parents to other caregivers, personalized information, and local resources. A trusted resource for exchanging ideas, sharing conversations and finding credible information for those seeking elder care solutions.
Aging Life Care Association
Non-profit association with over 2,000 members. Although this is an professional organization, the website has some helpful information and resources for caregivers.
American Cancer Society
An online, interactive guide with resources and information for caregivers.
www.alz.org | 800-272-3900
Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24/7 helpline and care navigator tools.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance for Education & Support
ADAES, Inc. is a non-profit corporation providing comprehensive education for caregivers and professionals on a variety of relevant subjects; communication, behaviors, activities, wandering, safety, and others.
Information resource about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
American Red Cross
Information and tools for emergency preparedness making a family disaster plan. Also, through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross will install a FREE smoke alarm within your home. Go to the regional site to make a request. www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont
American Society on Aging
An association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.
ARCH Respite Network
Find programs and services that allow caregivers to get a break from caring for a loved one.
Caregiver Action Network
The National Family Caregivers Association is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country.
Resource to help psychologists and other health and social service professionals assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching and community service. Caregivers will also find useful information in the resources section.
Expertise, understanding and answers for family caregivers through its quarterly national magazine and website.
Offering programs such as adult day services, in-home support and services, community mobility options, wellness programs and support for family caregivers.
Provides information, tools and resources to help those seeking or providing long term care. Features include online tools to make coordination of care and sharing of information easy amongst family members and other caregivers, a database of nursing home and home care services, and guides on long-term care financing and important health care documents everyone should have.
Elder Law Answers
Supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in achieving their goals by providing the most comprehensive information on the Internet about crucial legal issues facing seniors, a network of highly qualified elder law attorneys nationwide, and online practice tools for elder law attorneys.
www.eldercare.gov | 800-677-1116
Connects caregivers to local services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities across the United States.
Family Caregiver Alliance
www.caregiver.org | 800-445-8106
Information, education and services for family caregivers, including the Family Care Navigator, a state-by-state list of services and assistance.
National Association of Home Care & Hospice Agency Location Service
A searchable database of more than 33,000 home care and hospice agencies.
National Alliance for Caregiving
A coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues.
National Council on Aging
Partners with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.
The National Clearinghouse for Long-term Care Information
Information and tools to plan for future long-term care needs.
Next Step in Care
Provides information and advice to help family caregivers and health care providers plan safe and smooth transitions for patients. Materials now available in Spanish and Chinese.
Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
Provide practical solutions and evidence-based education programs for professional and family caregivers who serve older adults.
Information about the parts of Medicare, what’s new and how to find Medicare plans, facilities or providers.
Provide caregivers with online training and education that improve the quality of care received by older adults.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers
Establishes local, state, national, and international partnerships committed to building quality, long-term, home and community-based services centered around providing caregivers with effective supports to promote caregiver health, skills and resilience.
A directory of senior living options. Does does not accept paid advertising, and strives to provide complete, up-to-date, and unbiased information based on a geographical search. Also, the Senior Living Library contains authoritative articles on a variety of topics.
Social Security Administration
www.socialsecurity.gov | 800-772-1213
Information on retirement and disability benefits, including how to sign up.
www.caregiver.va.gov | 855-260-3274
Support and services for families caring for veterans, including a VA caregiver support line.