Our Advance Care Planning article may also serve as a helpful resource when starting to assess what advance care options and tools are available to you.
Looking for the form that lets you discuss a member's benefits information? Find it here. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a federal law that prevents health plans from sharing coverage information with anyone except the member. But filling out the Appointment of Personal Representative form gives permission to a caregiver to discuss the benefit information of the person they are caring for.
You may also find our Advance Care Planning article useful for more information around how to begin.
Medicare.gov: Provides you with resources, stories, and newsletters about taking care of someone with Medicare.
Eldercare.gov: This site is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that works to connect you with services for older adults.
Archrespite.org: This service helps caregivers find respite services in their area that are matched to your specific needs.
Caregiveaction.org: This is the Caregiver Action Network's website - the nation's largest non-profit caregiver organization dedicated to providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
Alz.org (Azheimer's Association): This Alzheimer's Association's caregiver section helps those responsible for someone with Alzheimer’s disease in finding assistance and resources within their community.
Additional Resources: Where to Find Help
Ask Medicare: Caregiver support (PDF)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
AARP: 12 Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About
Caregiver.org: Frequently Asked Questions
Handbook for long-distance caregivers (PDF)
General Information for Caregivers
Usa.gov: Caregivers' Resources
Family Caregiver Alliance
Mass.gov: Web resources for caregivers of elders
Caregivers Blog: Senior Care Support
NICHE Patient+Family Mobile App (Apple App Store)