Caring for an older or infirmed family member can have its challenges–emotional, physical, medical, financial, and logistical. Sometimes it can just be difficult to pin down who you can turn for help when you find that the situation is becoming too difficult to manage without some support. Consumerreports.org has recently posted three resource suggestions for caregivers who find themselves in need of assistance:
** The Family Caregiver Alliance offers numerous fact sheets and other information. The group also plans to launch a new, state-by-state list of resources called the Family Care Navigator in the near future.
** The National Center on Senior Transportation, a government-funded program administered by Easter Seals, offers this guide to local transportation options for older people and their caregivers.
** If you need help assessing an older person’s needs or arranging for appropriate services, you may want to consult a geriatric care manager. The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers provides this guide to the field, along with an online directory of members that you can search by city or Zip code (click on Find a Care Manager).
As always, if you are considering doing business with a company or organization, contact your local BBB to hear their Reliability Report.