Family Caregiver Support - Caregiver Resources

Caregiving can be both rewarding and challenging. We have put together an assortment of resources to help you. For questions about these, or other caregiving concerns or supports, please contact the Family Caregiver Support Program at SMAA.

Caregiver Self Care
Caregiver Bill of Rights
Self-Nurturing Activities

Resources for Planning Ahead
**NEW ** Plan Your Lifespan - an interactive website to help plan for health events such as hospitalizations, falls, and memory loss that may happen as people get older. It provides an easy-to-use tool that you can fill in with your plans, make updates as needed, and share with family and friends.
Beginning Planning Worksheets
Guidebook for the Caregiving Journey - an older adult/caregiver
workbook for gathering information, identifying resources,comparing
living alternatives, and compiling legal and financial information.
(Generously shared by MaineHealth's Partnership for Health Aging.)
Helpful Resources for Health Care Decisions and Planning
Maine Healthcare Advance Directives Forms
The Day After Guide - a guide to assist those you leave behind after your
death with the process of dealing with your financial affairs, courtesy of
Smilie Gregg Rogers, Esq., Law Office of Smilie G. Rogers, PLLC.
Maine Long-Term Care Programs

Understanding Living Options
General Information
Communities for Older Adults
Comparing Costs of Living Options
Comparing Priorities for Living Options

Living at Home

Evaluating Non-Medical Home Care Checklist
Evaluating Home Safety Checklist
Hiring an In-home Care Company
Hiring Help Privately
Hiring Home Care Privately Checklist
Living Together Checklist - For Caregiver / For Older Adult
How do I get Home Care Services in Southern Maine?

Adult Day Programs
What are Adult Day Programs?
Evaluating Adult Day Programs Checklist

Assisted Living
Evaluating Assisted Living Checklist

Nursing Facilities
Evaluating Nursing Facilities Checklist

Assisting a Person with Dementia
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease - a comprehensive guide
that offers easy-to-understand information and advice for family
caregivers of people with progressive dementia. A publication of the
National Institutesof Health and National Institute on Aging.
Coach Broyle's Playbook for Alzheimer's Caregivers - a practical guide for
families caring for someone with dementia. This is not medical advice, but
helpful tips from someone who has been through the journey of
Alzheimer's caregiving and shares his personal expertise in a unique
format. With thanks to the Broyles family for their generosity in sharing
this resource.
Family Caregiver Guide - a comprehensive overview of dementia written
by the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Handing Holidays and Visits: Ideas for People with Family Members
Who Have Dementia
Ten Real Life Strategies for Dementia Caregiving - courtesy of the Family
Caregiver Alliance.
Traveling with a Person with Dementia
What to Do When the Diagnosis is Dementia

Useful Tools and Information
Connections for Family Caregivers in Maine
Driving: Internet Tools
Emergency Response Systems
Family Caregiver Alliance Fact Sheets and Publications
File of Life
Handbook for Long Distance Caregivers - a publication of the Family
Caregiver Alliance
Helpful Caregiver Websites
HIPAA: Questions and Answers for Family Caregivers - a publication of the
United Hospital Fund
Older Adult Resource (OAR) Toolkit
Online Tools for Caregivers - create a password protected site to share
information with family and friends.

Starting the Long Term Care Insurance Search - a guide to help you
choose a policy, courtesy of Kerry Peabody, CSA, CLTC, Clark Insurance
Understanding Your Long Term Care Policy - a guide to help interpret
your policy, from The Eldercare Team
What to Do When Your Spouse Dies
Your Discharge Planning Checklist - a publication of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services

Caregiving in the Media
Caring for the Caregiver - an Emmy nominated documentary highlighting
the difficulties of caring for loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer's
disease. Website also contains links to resources. Courtesy of MPBN.
The Challenge of Our Age - section of this special series focused on
caregiving.