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NIH: Medicare Information for Caregivers Now Available on NIHSeniorHealth

An easy-to-read overview, Medicare Basics for Caregivers, is now available at NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the Web site for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

This brief, yet comprehensive introduction to Medicare gives caregivers the basics and helps them find answers to their questions.


Caregivers Handbook

In 1996, the Aging Services Division of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) produced its first handbook for caregivers. The Caregiver Handbook: A Local Guide for Caregivers of Elders in the Denver Metropolitan Region was so popular it was reprinted twice. More than 15,000 copies have been distributed.

Assistive Technology Awareness

What is AT? Assistive Technology are the tools and resources used by individuals to help improve their quality of life, such as a hearing aid, a talking alarm clock, a knee brace, manual and power wheelchairs or, it can be more sophisticated, such as a voice-activated computer systems or stair climbing wheelchairs.

AT tools assist a person with dressing or cooking, and help people stay in contact with friends and family through electronic adaptation devices such as computers, or special telephones.

AT help people on the job, at home and in the community. AT tools and services are necessities, not luxury items. The tools empower people to control their lives and their futures.

During Assistive Technology Awareness week, agencies and organizations will be highlighting technology in a variety of ways: open houses, demonstrations on the use of assistive technology, and poster sessions.

For more information on events in your area or to explore ways that you can promote AT Awareness, contact:
Assistive Technology Partners at 1-800-255-3477, or locally at 303-315-1280 or through email at julia.beems@ucdenver.edu

Many adult children who are caregivers for frail parents have primary responsibility for administering medicines. Yet even active older adults who care for themselves may need help in taking medicines safely and appropriately. Here are some ideas from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), for helping parents who are not in your care to make good use of their medicines. The time you take now can help your parents stay independent longer.

National Family Caregiver Association
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of different diagnoses, different relationships and different life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.
Family Caregiver Alliance Launches First-of-Its-Kind
Family Care Navigator

Comprehensive Online State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers

The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance has launched the Family Care Navigator, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive online guide intended to help families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia locate government, nonprofit, and private caregiver support programs.

Caring Companions is a program operated out of the Northern Colorado Services of Volunteers of America’s Colorado Branch. The program provides caring volunteers to visit with homebound seniors, providing a much needed break to family care-givers.


Respite care is a term that describes an alternative arrangement for a person whose primary caregiver needs a break. Early in your caregiving role, you must locate various resources for respite care so you can take breaks.

Click Here for a List of Respite Care Options

When selecting an appropriate residential respite care facility (a day care center or a long-term care facility, such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes that also provide respite care), ask your loved one and the care provider the following questions:

- Does your family member feel comfortable there?

- How does your loved one feel about the food? Does s/he like it?

- Do others receiving care there appear to be happy?

- Is the facility clean, neat and organized?

- Does it have the capacity to meet your loved one’s needs (e.g., elevator, access to garden area, etc.)?

- What types of services are available (hydrotherapy, physical therapy, etc.)?

- Are safety measures evident throughout (bed rails, bathroom grab bars, cleared exit passages)?

- Are rooms tastefully decorated and comfortable, providing a
home- like atmosphere?

- Do you see staff members being friendly and polite to each other, to family members, and to the people they are serving?

- How much experience does the facility have with caring for
individuals with your relative’s particular needs/condition?

- If staying for a short time, will your family member be included with other long-term residents on outings, etc.?

- Is the facility licensed?

A resource center that contains information to assist consumers in identifying service providers (hospices, hospitals, palliative care services), as well as specific services.



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