They were there for you when you needed them. They planned for your future. Now you are the stronger one who is playing a big role in planning for their future. Choosing the right kind of care for a family member who is frail or vulnerable due to injury, illness or age is one of the most difficult decisions. Use the resources listed below to help you balance all your caregiving responsibilities and beyond.
Are you a caregiver?
Are you handling your aging mother's bills? Do you take your grandfather to the grocery store once a week? Do you take time off work to drive your aunt to her doctor appointments? If so, you are a caregiver ... and there are many services and supports available to you and the person for whom you are caring.
Are you a caregiver for someone in the military or a veteran? We offer free online educational sessions on various military caregiving topics as well as related resources. Peruse the complete archive of military caregiving sessions and downloadable materials.
Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. It's a proven, evidence-based program that provides support to the families of newly returning service members and veterans. It is free, confidential, and tailored to each individual family.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Caregiving
Whether you're planning for future caregiving needs, or learning how to make decisions as a caregiver, we're here for you every step of the way with our caregiving guide.
Access the full Caregiving Guide now
The Many Faces of Caregiving Study
Download this free study now and find out how we are changing the national conversation on caregiving!
The New Faces of Caregiving
Today’s caregiver can be anyone from your next door neighbor to your own children. Explore some of the heartfelt stories of today’s caregivers and caregiving resources.
Easterseals and Freddie Mac Offer Financial Guidance
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Being a Caregiver for Someone You Love
What does it mean to be a caregiver? Caregiving is a different experience for everyone depending on how much care your loved one requires, which can range from a friendly visit once in a while to 24 hour care.
Staying Involved When You Don't Live nearby
Long-distance, or remote, caregiving has quickly become a reality. Long distance caregivers are usually family members who provide support, care or care coordination from at least an hour away. Although the distance may change, the responsibility and dedication remains the same, and Easterseals has many resources available to help you out.
Planning for the Future
Whether you’re 39 or 99, it’s never too early to start planning. For most of us, the majority of our older years are spent healthy and active. However, many people experience an eventual need for assistance due to acquired disability, aging related conditions and/or other illnesses. With thoughtful planning, and services and supports, most of us can continue to live in, contribute to and stay connected to our communities.
Caregiving in America: The Big Picture
It is important to be aware of our changing demographics. Statistics today will quickly become personal realities -- caregiving will become part of our family lives, our friendships and neighborhoods.
Military & Veteran Caregivers
As was highlighted in the RAND “Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers” study, it is projected that there are 5.5 million family members and friends caring for our nation's service members and veterans in need of support. Military Caregivers often have fewer supports and experience higher levels of burden, stress, and physical strain. Easterseals offers help, hope and answers, whether you're the son of a Korean War veteran now experiencing memory loss or the spouse of an Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veteran experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).
Talking with Your Doctor
Tips to maintain a good relationship with your loved one's doctor.
Steps to assure you are prepared for an emergency evacuation.
Easy Access Housing
Resources for making your home accessible.
Transportation Solutions for Caregivers
Transporting an older loved one who requires physical assistance or has dementia can present a challenge, but it doesn't have to be a struggle. There is almost always a solution and a way to make every car trip easier.
Caregiving in Rural America
Download this report, produced by Easterseals and the National Alliance for Caregiving. Caregiving in Rural America brings to light and supports the demand to address the ever-increasing numbers and unmet needs of rural caregivers.
Contact Easterseals for more information about Easterseals services for caregivers in your area.