"For some people, caregiving occurs gradually over time. For others, it can happen overnight. Some perform hands-on care, while others provide support from a distance. Full- or part-time, live-in or long-distance, caregivers are essential whether grocery shopping or performing complex medical tasks. One thing is fairly definite: the earlier you find support, the better off you and your loved one will be."
Congregations have much to offer family caregivers to support them in their important work and ease burdens caregivers sometimes feel. We particularly commend to you our Circles of Care
resources, especially our books Circles of Love
and Supportive Care in the Congregation
. Contact us
if you would like help getting a conversation started in your congregation.
The organizations below offer helpful information and support for family caregivers.
Resources from Others
National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy.
Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face and offering assistance through education, services, research and advocacy. Family Care Navigator is a state-by-state, online guide to help families locate government, nonprofit, and private caregiver support programs.
Caregiver Action Network (formerly National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) is a grass roots organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones. NFCA deals with the variety of different diagnoses, different relationships and different life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.
Caregiving 101: The Everything-You-Need-To-Know Guide for Family Caregivers, by MoneyGeek.com. Basics for caregivers to consider along with useful tools and resources.