I’m new to caregiving. Where do I start?

Caregiving can be overwhelming, especially when starting out, but rest assured that there are resources to help you. First, you’ll need to assess your loved one’s needs. What types of help do they need? Consider our Care Coordination and Options Counseling services for loved ones who might be able to remain at home in addition to the services listed on this page.

What support services does LOA offer for caregivers?

We have several services that caregivers can benefit from, but those who need more information on available resources or who feel overwhelmed can reach out for our Caregiver Support and/or Information and Assistance services. To learn more and get help, contact us.

How can I help my older parents from afar?

If you live an hour or more away from someone who needs your care, you are a long-distance caregiver. There are several things you can do to take care of your loved ones if you live far away. For example, you can arrange and coordinate in-home and critical care services such as our Homemaker, Care Transitions, and Emergency Services. You can also research your loved one’s Elder Rights to help protect them legally as they age. For more information on our services, contact us.

How can I find other caregiving resources in my area?

Our Service Finder Tool powered by No Wrong Door is a great resource. Simply select a topic and your service area to find additional eldercare services.

How do I choose a long-term care facility?

There may come a time when your loved one’s can no longer live safely in his or her home independently. While some may move in with family or friends, others requiring lots of help might have to move into a residential facility such as an assisted living facility, nursing home, or retirement community. If you think your loved one may need one of these, it’s important to learn about the different types and plan ahead for long-term care. Then, visit facilities and ask questions, noting how comfortable and content residents seem and how they interact with staff. Learn more about long-term care.

I’m overwhelmed and exhausted. How can I take a break from caregiving?

While important, taking care of others is hard work. That’s why it is important to take care of yourself, too. When you’re feeling tired or overwhelmed and need a break, try to take a walk, talk with friends, or get some sleep. Joining a caregiver support group, either in your area or online, can also help you feel less alone and give you a chance to exchange stories and ideas. And don’t be afraid to ask for help from those around you. For more information on LOA’s Caregiver Support, contact us.

How do I make an older person’s home safer?

Talk with their doctor and social workers about how his or her health might make it harder to get around or take care of themselves at home. Think about things like ramps at front and back doors, grab bars in the shower and by the toilet, and handles and facets that are easier to use. LOA’s Care Coordination services can make their home easier and safer to live in. Learn more about aging in place.