According to “Caregiving in the U.S. 2015” from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, nearly 43.5 million Americans provide unpaid care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend. Caregivers endure increased risks of depression and illness, especially if they don’t receive enough support. It is important for caregivers to realize that being exhausted, stressed, or “burned out” will diminish the quality of care they can provide. The old axiom rings especially true for the Sandwich Generation: in order to care for others, you have to care for yourself.

Best Caregiving Resources

Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s primary mission is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

Family Caregiver Alliance, founded in 1977, 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 is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans.

Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focused on improving the lives of family caregivers.

ARCH (Access to Respite Care and Help) is a nonprofit organization which seeks to promote respite services for the nation’s 65 million family caregivers regardless of age, disability or family situation. Respite has been shown to improve family well-being, promote family caregiver health, and help avoid or delay more costly out-of-home placements.

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is the only organization in the United States that identifies, recognizes and supports children who care for ill, aging and/or disabled family members.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VA’s mission is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

Resources

For more information on how BrightStar Care can support you as a family caregiver, contact us or call 866.618.7827.