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Caregiver Feed is here to empower all caregivers by providing information, inspiration, and support. We understand being a caregiver can be a lot of work. Whether you are a carer for the elderly, a live in caregiver, provide dementia or Alzheimer’s care, a family caregiver or the primary caregiver for a loved one, we are here to help!

Caregiver Feed is dedicated to providing easy to read information to help you through those challenging times. We provide step by step guides, checklists, and other tools to help make caregiving easier.

In addition, we want to help the primary caregiver navigate community resources, so the primary caregiver can utilize any resources that are available to you or your family. 

And we won’t forget about your health and wellness. We provide time-saving ideas, inspiration, and self-care reminders to help you, the carer, while on your caregiver journey.

We strive to build a supportive community, where we can encourage each other and provide insight into the caregiver role.

Our family caregiver Facebook group is a great place for ALL caregivers to interact and ask questions. Support from others, especially from those who are experiencing a similar situation, can do wonders for our sanity!

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Home Health Care

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

With aging relatives living longer and needing more care, many families struggle with the best way to help them. Each year, millions of seniors fall, and less than 50% of them tell their doctor. In addition, falling once will double their chances of falling again. We review home safety tips and provide a free downloadable

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elderly parent won't bathe woman filling tub signifying Mental Illness Refusal to Bathe

How Do You Get an Elderly Person to Bathe?

Having a hard time getting your senior to bathe? An elderly parent or loved one refusing to bathe is more common than you may think. It’s not uncommon to hear ‘my elderly parent won’t bathe or refuses to bathe.’ Bathing can be a constant struggle for many caregivers, especially when caring for the elderly with

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10 Tips for Caring for Elderly Parents at Home

Sometimes we slowly creep into the caregiver role, and as time goes on, you find yourself caring for your elderly parents at home more and more. Other aging parents may have an illness or accident resulting in them needing help. In this post we review 10 tips for caring for elderly parents.   Caring for

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Caregiver Self-care

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What is Caregiver Burnout and Fatigue?

Are you helping a friend or family member and feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted? You are NOT alone! Caregiver burnout and fatigue can happen to you. Read our comprehensive post where we review what you need to know about caregiver burnout and fatigue, including what it is, caregiver burnout symptoms and how to prevent

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Self-Care Tips For Caregivers

Self Care For Caregivers

  Caregivers face complex challenges. Balancing numerous responsibilities can get overwhelming. However, regular self-care for caregivers is vital for your mind, body, and soul. It is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and as a caregiver. In this post we discuss the importance of self-care, what it is, and we

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affection woman caregiver mitigating compassion fatigue definition by being loving toward mother in wheelchair

Understanding Compassion Fatigue

Some people may be familiar with the concept of compassion fatigue but not fully understand all the short and long-term implications. We provide a comprehensive review of compassion fatigue including the definition, symptoms, and compassion fatigue vs caregiver burnout. We also discuss self care tips and how to prevent compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout.  

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Business & Financial

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Hiring in Home Family Caregivers: What you Need to Know

Are you thinking about hiring a caregiver for in home help to care for your loved one?  Finding someone with the skills to provide excellent care and the personality to get along with your loved one is critical.  Below we share information to help you find the right person for the job. We discuss ways

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How Does Health Insurance Work doctor passing health insurance form to patient

How Does Health Insurance Work?

Understanding how does health insurance work, what it is, and what type of health insurance plans are available will enable you to choose the right plan. We review benefits of health insurance, the difference between HMO, EPO, PPO and POS plans, and more.    What is Health Insurance Health insurance is an agreement between the

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elderly mother with her daughter who is a caregiver

Family Caregiver Pay: Can a Family Caregiver Get Paid?

Many unpaid family caregivers have questions about whether they can get paid for taking care of an elderly parent or family member. We frequently hear questions like can Medicare pay for a caregiver?  Is there any way of getting paid for taking care of an elderly parent? Is there social security caregiver pay? What states

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HELPFUL RESOURCES

Resources for Seniors- Area Agency on Aging

A good starting point to find available resources is your local  Area Agency on Aging. Each state has an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which can be a public or a private non-profit agency that helps coordinate services so that seniors can stay in their homes. The AAA’s name may vary, and the support is provided at the regional and local levels. The type of support provided depends on where you live. The goal is to help make independent living a viable option, for example, with services such as meals on wheels, legal aid, health insurance consultation, adult daycare information, and caregiver support services.  Just insert your city/ state or zip code, and find you find your local Area Agency on Aging

Benefits Checkup

Another way to find resources available for your loved one is made available by the National Council on Aging. Click on BenefitsCheckUp.Org. It is pretty user friendly. Insert your zip code, answer a few questions, and identify what type of benefits you are interested in. They can provide additional information on available resources in your area for such things as medication assistance, housing and utilities, transportation, tax relief, and veteran assistance.

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

Another local resource is your Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). It is a terrific resource because it can provide information and assistance to older adults and people with disabilities. The ADRC can help you learn about public and private programs available and how to access the services you need. Click here to locate the ADRC near you.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Let’s face it, medications can be costly, and it doesn’t seem like it will get much better very soon. 

 

Some states have a State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP) to help pay for prescription medications. These programs are state run to help low income seniors and adults with disabilities pay for prescription medications. Coverage varies depending on the state program, but usually they help pay the out of pocket cost that Medicare Part D doesn’t pay.  Find out if your state has a SPAP program by selecting your state using the dropdown menu at Medicare.gov

 

It is also worth checking out PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT). This tool is a search engine that helps you find resources offered by the biopharmaceutical industry. Insert the name of the medication and other information requested into the Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) and it will provide the contact information of the pharmaceutical resources it finds you qualify for.

ACL’s Eldercare Locator

The  Eldercare Locator is a handy tool, surely worth taking a look. The U.S. Administration on Aging provides the locator, which can help you find services for older adults and their families, including your local ADRC, AAA, and a variety of other services. Visit the  Eldercare Locator or call 800-677-1116.

National Respite Locator

ARCH has a National Respite Locator tool, a database that helps caregivers, parents, and providers find local respite services. If you click on search for respite providers and programs it brings you to an interactive map where you can select your state using the drop-down menu and insert additional information about your location, and it provides a list of respite care programs. 

For more information about community resources including a comprehensive list of resources, read our blog post: 

What are Community Resources and How to Find Them.

 

 

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