Links to Caregiver Tools

Be Smart. Be Well. Caregiving
Be Smart. Be Well. is a health and wellness Web site designed to raise awareness of largely preventable health and safety issues. Explore engaging video stories about real family caregivers and family caregiving experts including Suzanne Mintz, president and co-founder of the National Family Caregivers Association. The videos highlight the highly personal and profound struggles of caregivers and how they can also bring families together. Other videos show how caregiver stress can take a heavy toll on the caregivers and ways to cope with the stress for your own health and well being.

CareCentral is a personalized web service that allows users to create a private, secure online community for loved ones during significant health events. It is a free tool to update friends and family, organize and schedule offers to help, and encourage messages of hope, providing support when it is most needed.

CarePages are free, private web pages that make it easy to reach out and receive messages of support and to stay connected to family, friends, co-workers and others who care about you and your loved one. The service is available to anyone caring for a loved one, but may be particularly helpful to those who have recently found themselves in a care giving role.

Eldercare Locator
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Eldercare Locator provides referrals to Area Agencies on Aging via zip code locations. Family caregivers can also find information about many eldercare issues and services available in local communities.

Lotsa Helping Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands is a free-of-charge online service for creating private caregiving coordination communities where family and friends can stay informed and more easily provide assistance and support to caregivers. The service features many communication and social networking tools, including the ability to easily store and retrieve vital medical, financial and contact information, convey medical updates, and post photos. In addition, the easy-to-use calendar is specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meal deliveries, rides, visits, and other tasks.

NFCA Senior Housing Locator
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NFCA Senior Housing Locator powered by SNAPforSeniors® is a current, comprehensive and objective resource of senior housing in the U.S. Users can also search and screen for Medicare-certified home healthcare providers in their area. Download checklists and tools to help assess senior housing and care options. Exchange ideas and join discussions by participating in Groups.

RxCompare™ is a free tool developed by Medicare Access for Patients-Rx (MAPRx) to help users determine if they need to enroll in a Medicare drug plan and, if they do, to systematically compare the drug plans where they live and select the best option for their prescription needs. RxCompareTM works in tandem with Medicare’s on-line “Prescription Drug Plan Finder” and with information available from plans or 1-800-MEDICARE.

Video Caregiving
A visual education tool for family caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease, strokes or other physical disabilities. The site features exclusive documentary-style videos, created by a team of award-winning film producers, which follow real life people as real life stories and issues unfold. Here caregivers find tools to better understand and deal with their situation, and let them know that they are neither isolated nor alone in their struggle.