Caregiving Resources

A recent article on caregiving outlines the physical and emotional problems that can develop when someone is caring for an elderly relative or a child with a chronic illness or disability. Many times, the caregiver is so focused on the needs of those in his/her care that his/her own health and well-being are overlooked. Here is a link to the msnbc article:

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/11/15847389-caregivers-neglect-their-own-health-in-order-to-look-after-others?lite

To help, here are a few general caregiving resource links:

Caring Today:
www.caringtoday.com/caregiver-resources

Family Caregiver Alliance:
www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp

National Caregivers Library:
www.caregiverslibrary.org/home.aspx

And here are a few sites that help people who are ill and their caregivers organize and schedule assistance from family and friends:

Caring Bridge:
www.caringbridge.org/

Lotsa Helping Hands:
www.lotsahelpinghands.com/

Med Gift:
www.medgift.com

In addition, here are a few titles available on loan from our circulating collection of print books:

A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: “It doesn’t have to be this hard” (2007)

When a Family Member Has Dementia: Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver (2006)

The Caregiver’s Sourcebook (2002)

For more information on caregiving, please contact Dina in the Talking Book Program’s Disability Information & Referral Center at 800-252-9605, or 512-463-5458.