Services for Caregivers

Easterseals Washington offers a variety of services to help parents and caregivers have access to respite and the resources they need to care for their loved-ones. Click any program below to learn more.

Camp Stand By Me is about all the things children and adults can do -- swim, ride horses, sing, eat s'mores and more. Easterseals Washington has camping & respite programs to provide a safe, barrier-free environment for children and adults to experience all aspects of camp without usual limitations.

Operation Family Caregiver
Easterseals Washington is proud to have been selected as the new Operation Family Caregiver provider in Washington State. Operation Family Caregiver provides free and confidential support to the families of those who have served our nation. We help the families of returning service members and veterans adjust to the "new normal" by coping more effectively with problems they never imagined.

Make the First Five Count
Easterseals’ Make the First Five Count® is designed to give children at risk of developmental delays, disabilities or autism the right support they need to be school-ready and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. And, if you’re a parent, make sure your child is reaching his or her developmental milestones. It’s easy to find out, simply take Easterseals' free online screening tool.

Community Resources
Nationwide, as many as 54 million Americans have a disability. Maybe your neighbor has an injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident, or your coworker has a child with cerebral palsy. Your grandmother may be recovering from stroke -- or maybe you are one of every five Americans with a disability. Look around you, and you'll find people of all abilities who are vital participants in their communities despite the barriers they may encounter.

Information & Referral
Do you have questions about disabilities and local resources? Contact us. Easterseals Washington can provide you with information, resources, and referrals to local programs, services, and initiatives. We have a dedicated toll-free information line and dedicated information e-mail to help you navigate services in Washington state.

Kitsap County Parent Coalition (KCPC)
In addition to our four core programs, Easterseals Washington operates the Kitsap County Parent Coalition (KCPC). The Coalition provides education, advocacy and referrals to help people with developmental disabilities get the support and services they need to improve their lives. Our Parent Coalition Coordinator arranges regular coalition meetings with special guest speakers and prepares newsletters and alerts on issues important to the disability community. KCPC provides more than support to people with disabilities, it strengthens their families as well, providing parent mentoring for caregivers and volunteer advocates for special education issues.

New Resource Guide: Federal Resources for Caregivers

The White House Conference on Aging has compiled a list of federal resources for caregivers from the following agencies:

View the White House Resource Guide Here.

National Resources For Caregivers

Couple smilingThey 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, monthly online webinars on various military caregiving topics as well as related resources. Peruse the complete archive of military caregiving webinars and downloadable materials, and register for the next caregiving webinar so you can ask questions in real time.

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!

Fran Miner and her family sitting outsideThe 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.

Freddie Mac Logo: We make home possible

Easterseals and Freddie Mac Offer Financial Guidance

Get smart about your credit and work towards your homeownership goal. Get financial advice here.

Husband and Wife walking in park 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.

Fran Miner and her family sitting outside 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. Woman smiling

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.

Adult Day Services program participant receiving a backrub 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.

People huggingEasterseals' Caregivers' Spokesperson Network
The members of Easterseals’ Caregivers Spokespersons Network are experts who work in markets across the country providing help, hope and answers to older adults and those who care for them.

Plane People FlagMilitary & 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).

Other Helpful Resources

Talking with Your Doctor
Tips to maintain a good relationship with your loved one's doctor.

S.A.F.E.T.Y First
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.

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