Caregivers are: wives, husbands, parents, children, friends, employees…
Are YOU caring for a parent, spouse or sick relative? You‘re a caregiver.
Learn to care for another and care for yourself, using these web sites.
Surfing for Solutions?
As a caregiver, you may find that your
questions about issues you and your loved-one
are (or will be) facing seem overwhelming. For
those with computer savvy, below are a few BenefitsCheck Up
websites which are good places to find www.benefitscheckup.org
supportive resources, learn more about your User-friendly service that identifies federal and
important role as caregiver, and participate in state assistance programs for older adults.
"virtual communities," sharing your feelings
with others around the world who share your Caregiver Survival Resources
caregiving concerns. www.caregiver.com
This web site has all types of resources and a
wealth of information with links to other
Caregiver/aging web sites health-related web sites, information on books,
and disease-specific resources.
Agenet Eldercare Network
www.agenet.com Broad range of topics Caregivers.com
focused on caregiving and the older www.caregivers.com
population. This is an information and referral network for
caregivers and seniors. Its most notable
American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry feature is its selection of search engines for
www.aagpgpa.org housing, geriatricians, lawyers, care managers,
Information on a wide variety of older adult and hospice care.
mental health issues.
Caregiving Online: Wellness for Caregivers of
American Association of Homes and Services an Aging Relative, Friend, or Neighbor
for the Aging www.caregiving.com
www.aahsa.org This web site is an offshoot of Caregiving
newsletter offering moral support from fellow
American Association for Retired Persons caregivers and other links
www.aarp.org (in English and Spanish) CareGuide by Global CareGuide, Inc.
Very diverse web page with many different www.careguide.net
areas of interest for caregivers, including an CareGuide is a care management company
online chatroom. dedicated to helping people at every stage of
the aging process lead more comfortable,
secure, and independent lives.
www.CaregiverResource.net or call 616-456-5664
Family Caregiver Alliance National Association for Home Care
This agency serves only California, but its web This association provides an online guide on
site offers helpful information and informative how to choose a home care agency. Its web
links for both in-and out-of-state caregivers. site also lists resources by state.
Friend’s Health Connection National Center on Elder Abuse
A nonprofit support network that connects 1225 I Street NW, Suite 725
people with similar health problems for the Washington, DC 20005
purpose of mutual support. (202) 898-2586
The Grief Recovery Institute National Family Caregivers Association
At this site you can order a handbook and A national organization offering support to
articles about grieving and loss. It also has caregivers along with free membership in the
information about the grief recovery counseling organization.
specialist certification program for
professionals. Nolo.Com, Inc: Self Help Law Center
Health Insurance Association of America This web site offers articles, books, and other
www.hiaa.org information on topics ranging from how to deal
This site offers good consumer information, with employment issues to wills and power of
and it has brochures and online order forms for attorney.
The Third Age e-zine
Hospice Association of America (HAA) www.thirdage.com
www.hospice-america.org A diverse web page with excellent family
caregiving information, resources, and
This site is designed by a caregiver, and it
provides all sorts of information and support, The Caregivers Marketplace
both technical and emotional. www.caregiversmarketplace.com
The Caregivers Marketplace (TCM) is the
Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly nation's first free cash back and discount
www.littlebrothers.org buying program for everyone who needs, gets
This national not-for-profit organization is or gives care.
committed to relieving isolation and loneliness
of the elderly. Well Spouse Foundation
Living with Grief: When a Loved One is Dying, An association of spousal caregivers.
by Yvonne Sun
This web site offers help to those with a dying
relative or friend. On-line chat available. Local/Michigan web sites
Mobility International Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
Serving 9 area counties. Web site still under
construction but provides a list of services and
opportunity to contact.
Caregiver Resource Network West Michigan United Way
A partnership of Kent County organizations West Michigan's premier information and
providing information and support for family referral resource, is now on line through this
and professional caregivers. address.
Gerontology Network West Michigan Caregivers Alliance
Web site lists and describes services and Focused on family caregiving issues in the
provides links to state and area services. West Michigan area. Provides educational and
news features, resources and regional
Grand Rapids Dominican Center information, links to services and more.
List of programs offered at the Dominican Government web sites
Center. Check the Healing Space listing for
information on stress reduction. National Institute on Aging
www.nih.gov/nia (in English and Spanish)
HHS, Health Options Public Information Office
Agency serves 12 West Michigan counties with National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
services for frail elderly and adults with Stroke
physical disabilities. www.ninds.nih.gov
Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice
www.heartlandhomehealth.com Medicare Information
Agency provides skilled nursing, therapies, www.medicare.gov
infusion, social work, chaplain and The official U.S. government site for Medicare
bereavement care in-home, and in nursing and information.
assisted living facilities.
Medicare Basics: A Guide for Caregivers
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
caregivers a guide through eight critical
Mental health issues are the focus. Extensive,
decision points in the health care process.
in-depth articles on specific conditions.
Information on stress and stress management.
Michigan Dept. of Community Health
Michigan Aging Services
Lists services by county with links to other
resources, both state and federal. Good site,
The Michigan Aging Services System (MASS)
but information may not be up to date.
Administration on Aging
A diverse web page with broad range of
Provides essential services for independent
information on many topics of interest to older
living to older adults 60+.
adults and their issues.
Senior Resources of West Michigan
The Area Agency on Aging that covers
Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties.
Medical & Disease-specific Sites
The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.
AEGIS HIV/AIDS www.alsa.org
This giant electronic bulletin board is updated Brain Injury Association, Inc.
hourly. Pools resource information from 66 www.biausa.org
countries for those who are infected or are
caring for someone who is infected with HIV. Cancer Information Service
The Alzheimer’s Association, National Office (In English and Spanish)
For local chapter: (800) 272-3900 (toll free) HotelDocs
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral www.housecallsusa.com
Center (ADEAR) Arranges doctors for those who may need
medical attention while they are on vacation.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
www.cancer.org (in English and Spanish) Mayo Clinic
American Diabetes Association (ADA) Broad range of topics regarding health care,
www.diabetes.org specific disease conditions.
American Health Assistance Foundation The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
This web site describes the AHAF’s current National Spinal Cord Injury Association
research and education programs about age- www.spinalcord.org
related and degenerative diseases. It has a
program that may provide emergency financial OncoLink, University of Pennsylvania Cancer
assistance to eligible families with a loved one Center www.oncolink.upenn.edu
suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Extensive information and statistics on all types
American Heart Association National Chapter
www.americanheart.org The Spinal Cord Injury Ring - Resources for
the disabled. www.makoa.org/sci.htm
American Parkinson Disease Association
www.apdaparkinson.com National Organization for Rare Disorders
American Stroke Association
This Fact Sheet is provided as a public service of the Caregiver Resource Network. The Caregiver Resource Network is a
collaboration of Kent County organizations dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers
within the community. Funded by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan with Older American’s Act Title IIIE, Family
Caregiver Support Funds. Revised 4/30/03