In recognition of #Older Americans Month, I am dedicating the Month of May to posting on services available to assist in the aiding and care of our loved ones, specifically our elderly. Having lost my mother three years ago to Alzheimer’s at the age of 72 (of which I will speak more on in a future post), I was happy to celebrate my father ‘n law’s 85th birthday just a few days ago with family and friends. My mother ‘n law who suffers from MS and resides in a skilled nursing facility, was also able to be present, wheelchair bound and all. So, many of us over the age of 50 are most likely caring for, preparing to care for, or making arrangements to place their loved one in some type of assisted or #skilled-care facility. Although there’s enough resources out there to provide guidance, I thought I’d narrow them down a bit.
AgingCare.com is an online community and great source of information for family caregivers. They provide the following:
- One-on-one support and answers to your questions
- Practical advise on all things elder care
- A forum to connect to a caring community of others sharing their experiences, insights, frustrations, and hidden joys of caring for elderly family. visit: https://www.agingcare.com
Caregiver Action Network is the Nation’s leading family caregiver organization that provide the following:
- Help to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones.
- Assistance covers loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or old age frailities.
- Call 202-454-3970 or visit: http://www.caregiveraction.org
Medicare provides information on the Medicare program and tool for caregivers to compare home health care agencies and nursing homes. Call 800-633-4227 or visit: http://www.medicare.gov
National Council on Aging provides the following services for people age 60 or older:
- Meet the challenges of aging by partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and businesses
- Provide innovative community programs and services at http://ncoa.org
Other services include:
- Alzheimers.gov Call 800-438-4380 or visit: http://alzheimers.gov
- Social Security Administration/ call 800-772-1213 or http://ssa.gov
- U. S. Eldercare Locator that connects citizens to services and Michigan residents to their regional AAA/ call 800-677-1116 or visit http://eldercare.acl.gov
If you are in need of elder care services or know someone who’s in need of services, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me at https://50plusshadesofus.com.
Stay connected with me for next week’s post on Long-term Care services.