10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Caregiver or Home Care Agency
Abstract: By asking some questions up front you can become an educated consumer when hiring a caregiver to come into your home.
ABC's: Care Terms Explained
Abstract: Use this list of acronyms, abbreviations, and specialized terms to assist you when communicating with health care and human services professionals.
Activities of Daily Living: Tips for the Family Caregiver
Abstract: These tips will help new family caregivers understand the importance of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) in the lives of their care recipients.
Caregiver's Checklist for Emergency Room Visits
Abstract: Learn some caregiving tips to prepare for emergency room visits.
Dementia: Caregiving Coping Tips
Abstract: As the months and years of caregiving pass by, Alzheimer's caregivers can become exhausted and burnt out. If you're a caregiver, follow these tips to care for yourself.
How to Hire In-Home Help
Abstract: How do you go about finding appropriate in-home help, whether you are a family caregiver or a person needing assistance? Get all of the information that you need through this helpful article.
- AgingCare.com - New to Caregiving: https://www.agingcare.com/New-to-Caregiving Learn the basics for your journey as a caregiver.
- Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving: Safe at Home - A Caregiver's Guide This educational video offers caregivers of those with dementia simple, inexpensive options to make specific areas of the home (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and more) safer.
- Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving: https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp This website provides information, education, services, research and advocacy for caregivers.
- VA Caregiver Support: https://www.caregiver.va.gov This resource has been developed to provides key educational resources, tools and training for Caregivers of Veterans.
- Well Spouse Association: http://www.wellspouse.org This website ia a peer-to-peer support organization for spousal caregivers of spouses/partners with long-term illnesses.
Useful Tools, Gadgets and Home Modification
Abstract: This is a detailed overview of assistive technology from the Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS).
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Abstract: There are instances in which someone cannot communicate using his or her voice. Learn about alternative ways to communicate and resources available to find devices.
FAQ's about Virginia Relay Service
Abstract: The Virginia Relay Service is an important tool for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or vision impaired. It relays conversations between people who use text telephones or telebraille and people who use standard phones. Discover more about this vital service through this informative article.
Reaching and Mobility Aids for Independent Living
Abstract: This article describes reaching and mobility aids that help people with mobility problems live independently.
- AbleData - A National Database on Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Equipment: http://www.abledata.com/ AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment.
- FREE: Foundation for Rehabilitation, Equipment & Endowment: http://www.free-foundation.org/ F.R.E.E. collects,sanitizes, repairs and gifts donated mobility equipment to uninsured and underinsured adults in Virginia.
- Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS): http://www.vats.org The mission of the Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is to ensure that Virginians of all ages and abilities can acquire the appropriate, affordable assistive and information technologies and services they need to participate in society as active citizens.
- Virginia Assistive Technology System - Virginia Reuse Network (VRN): http://www.vats.org/atrecycling.htm VRN serves persons who are uninsured, underinsured, or lack resources to purchase appropriate rehab equipment on their own. Each program has financial and medical eligibility requirements and inventory is limited to donations made by the community.
Technology and Apps for Caregivers
- ALZconnected: https://www.alzconnected.org/ On-line community to share concerns and receive information from the Alzheimer's Association.
- American Heart Association, Pocket First Aid and CPR: This downloadable app provides quick, concise and clear first aid and CPR instructions from the user's smartphone.
- Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority: http://atlfa.org/loan-applications-forms/ The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority offers low interest loans to eligible Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology.
- CareZone: https://carezone.com/home Provides a simple and private environment where family and helpers can stay organized and coordinated using their computer, smartphone or tablet.
- Garland Systems' Med Minder: This app is an easy, free full featured pill and medicine scheduler and medication reminder app for Android phones.
- Meditation Oasis' Take A Break - Guided Meditations for Stress Relief: This site has Apps for guided meditations, music and instruction.
- Microsoft Accessibility: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility This site will explain how to use the many accessibility features that are built into Microsoft products.
- Pillbox: https://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/ Pillbox enables rapid identification of unknown tablets and capsules based on physical characteristics and high resolution images. Once a medication is identified, Pillbox provides links to drug information and labels.
- Tablets and eReaders: IPad, Samsung Galazy, Google Nexus, Kindle Fire or Nook. The devices touchscreen interfaces, adjustable font size and audio capacity, make this ideal for both the caregiver and care recipient. Electronic books and audio books can be borrowed from your library if you have a library card.
A Caregiver's Guide to Creating a Safe Environment
Abstract: This article provides the family caregiver room by room suggestions about improving home safety and home modification.
- Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/index.php/housing-programs-and-assistance/tax-credit-programs/livable-homes-tax-credit.html The Virginia Liveable Home Tax Credit (LHTC) program is designed to improve accessibility and universal visitability in Virginia's residential units by providing state tax credits for the purchase of new units or the retrofitting of existing housing units. Tax credits are available for up to $5,000 for the purchase/construction of a new accessible residence and up to 50 percent for the cost of retrofitting existing units, not to exceed $5,000.