Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Resources 2017-09-21T21:08:21+00:00

Caregiver Resources

By providing assistance to help a loved one enjoy the best quality of life for as long as possible, you play a critical role in meeting the needs of our aging population. The following resources are provided to ease the burdens you face daily and help you access the support you need.

Of course, we are always happy to talk with you about your specific situation. We invite you to call the Distinguished Care Options Customer Center at 508-653-8512.

Please keep in mind that the resources listed here are intended for reference only and that inclusion of an organization does not constitute a recommendation by Distinguished Care Options or any of its employees; Distinguished Care Options cannot be responsible for endorsing all of the agencies listed.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Association

Arthritis
Arthritis Foundation

Assisted Living Guides
Assisted Living Facilities

Cancer
American Cancer Society

Caregivers/Caregiving
The Caregiver Partnership
Caregiving MetroWest
Caring.com
Caring Connections
AARP Caregiving Resource Center
National Council for Aging Care’s guide on Elder Abuse

Chronic Pain
American Chronic Pain Association

Diabetes
American Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Education Initiative

Drugs/Medication
Drug Information Online
National Institute of Health’s MedlinePlus

Funeral/Funeral Planning
Jewish Funeral Directors Association (JFDA)
Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care
Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association
National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Advance directive form: http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3289
Funeral preplanning – http://www.nfda.org/planning-a-funeral/preplanning.html

Heart Health
American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
American Heart Association

Hospice/Palliative/End-of-Life Care
American Hospice Foundation
Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Hospice Foundation of America
National Association of Home Care & Hospice
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Center for Eldercare and Advanced Illness
Take Charge of Your Life Partnership
The EPEC Project (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care)

Home Care
Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Council for Home Care Aide Services
National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Incontinence/Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inc.

Medicare/Medicaid
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service
Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare

Policy
University of Wisconsin Pain and Policy Studies Group

Rare Diseases
National Association for Rare Disorders

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN)

Stroke
National Stroke Association

VNA
VNAs of America

Other Resources
AARP
CHAP – Community Health Accreditation Program
The Joint Commission
U.S. National Library of Medicine

 

Below is a list of regional resources to help individuals faced with the responsibilities of caring for a family member or friend.

Aging/elder resources

Aging Service Access Points

Alzheimer’s Association, Mass. chapter

Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Elder Affairs

National Council on Aging

United States Administration on Aging

Home care resources

Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Council for Home Care Aide Services

Financial resources

Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants

Legal resources

Academy of Special Needs Planners

National Academy of Elderlaw Attorneys, Inc., Massachusetts Chapter

National Elder Law Foundation (link to Massachusetts members)