Wednesday, November 18, 2009

National Family Caregivers Month

President Obama proclaimed November as National Family Caregiver's Month. The National Family Caregivers Association defines family caregiving as "... the act of assisting someone you care about who is chronically ill or disabled and who is no longer able to care for themselves."   President Obama stated that:
"Currently, a variety of programs and services offer help and encouragement to family caregivers. The National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Lifespan Respite Care Act include important resources for caregivers of children and adults, with opportunities to receive much-needed assistance and take part in support programs with other families."
 Here is a list of excellent websites that provide caregiving information:
These websites help you to search for residential care facilities or respite help:

  These websites help you to find government benefits:
The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas is a local agency which provides:
  • a caregiver handbook
  • respite care
  • caregiver counseling
  • chore services
  • medical supplies, such as nutritional supplements
  • a senior helpline (1-800-963-5337 for local calls or 1-727-217-8111 for out of area)   

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