For those who care for family members and others
The State of New Hampshire recognizes that informal caregiving by family members and friends is essential for children, adults and frail older adults who have disabilities, fragile medical conditions, and/or behavioral or mental health conditions, and adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders to remain in the community.
Nationally nearly one out of every four US households is involved in caregiving and in NH over 100,000 citizens provide informal care to another person; an nationally 44 million caregivers make up our informal social services system and 85% of long term care is provided by unpaid family caregivers
While caregiving for a loved one may be one of the most important and rewarding roles they have undertaken, it may also be the hardest job; and among those counted as informal family caregivers there is a growing number of elderly grandparents who have taken on the responsibility in their later years to raise their grandchildren due to difficult parental circumstances or due to the unavailability of parents.
"Uniting Communities to Support Family Caregivers" The Caregiver Connections website is a link for & about Family Caregivers in Western NH. It is a link to family caregiver resources, to "how can I help" information, and to education & training for individuals and groups. Website address: www.nhcaregiverconnections.org
The Caregivers Network is committed to improving the quality of life of caregiving individuals and families by supporting, empowering and advocating for those who care for the chronically ill, aged or a disabled loved one.
Merrimack County Caregiver Coalition
The mission of the coalition is to educate, support, and empower caregivers of the elderly to create awareness of community resources and services and to promote an understanding of the impact that caregiving has within our community. All caregivers and providers of related agencies are encouraged to participate for mutual sharing of resources and support. For more information, please contact Merrimack County ServiceLink at (603) 228-6625 or 1-866-634-9412 or email Lydia Bailey.
Coalition of Caring
The mission of the coalition is to promote and strengthen the well being of caregivers who provide care for a disabled or ill child, adult or senior. This Coalition is comprised of organizations that support the elderly, children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, hospice patients and the chronically ill. It is our intention to continue to invite interested organizations to our committee as we continue our community outreach.
Events and Training
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-part educational series designed to support family caregivers.
Topics covered are tools to deal with: stressors, depression, anger and guilt, as well as increase the ability of family caregivers to effectively communicate feelings, needs and concerns.
Below are dates and locations of upcoming six-week sessions in New Hampshire.
Where: Concord Hospital Center for Health Promotion
49 South Main Street, Concord NH
When: Wednesdays: March 25, 2015 through April 29, 2015
Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm
To register call 603.224.4093 ext. 5815
Class Size Limited
Click on link here for Flyer: Concord Powerful Tools
Where: SarahCare Adult Day Program
201 Rt. 111, Hampstead Commons, Hampstead NH 03841
When: Tuesdays: May 26 thru June 30, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
To register call 603.893.9769
Pre-registration is requires and there is no charge for the class. More......
Online Trainings and Resources
AARP Caregiving Resource Center includes webinars, research, connections to other caregivers, and more.
Family Caregiver Educational Series Morningside Ministries, a faith based organization has a catalog of free training sessions for families. You’ll find dozens of training modules and most are ten minutes.
Support groups are listed on our public searchable database.
Articles and Publications Related to Caregiving
Veteran Caregiver Resource Guide This comprehensive guide contains information and resources for family caregivers of Veterans and the Veterans, themselves.
NH Family Care Guide: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders - 2011 Revised Edition
This comprehensive guide covers everything from getting a good diagnosis, to caregiver self-care, communication, making the home safe and "dementia-friendly", problem areas, medical issues and daily living. To request a print copy of the Guide -click here-
Caregiver Resource Guide - Merrimack County
This comprehensive guide has been assembled by Merrimack County ServiceLink that is helpful to family members and others who are caring for older adults. Many helpful resources in the local area.
Caregiving in the Workplace with Elinor Ginzler
Later Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: A Caregiver’s Guide
A guide free to family caregivers providing later stage care at home from the Alzheimer's Association. Flyer.
Caregivers Wrestle with Impossible Promises by Dr. Pamela Tronetti
Caregivers are heroes. But they are not superheroes. They are human beings. There comes a time when their loved one needs three shifts of people to take care of them.
AARP's Prepare to Care - A Planning Guide for Families
While you might not be thinking about it now, putting together a
caregiving plan with your loved ones and other family members
helps eliminate problems at home and work. In addition to minimizing
the last minute scrambling and family tensions that commonly
arise when a once-independent loved one needs more
consistent care, a caregiving plan can also help reduce a family’s
Related Website Links:
Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter website - http://www.alz.org/manh/
National website - http://www.alz.org/index.asp
From coast to coast, the local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association are in your community, providing core services to families and professionals, including information and referral, support groups, care consultation, education and safety services.
The AARP website offers information, education, research and access to resources on family caregiving.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face, offering them the assistance they so desperately need and deserve, and championing their cause through education, services, research and advocacy.
Grandparents and Relatives Raising children
Home Care Association of NH
The Home Care Association of New Hampshire (HCANH) represents licensed agencies that provide in-home health care and supportive services to individuals living in New Hampshire. The Association promotes the delivery of responsible, high quality health care in the home by offering education and networking opportunities for home care professionals, providing leadership on home care issues, and serving as a home care advocate in the public policy arena.
Long Term Care Ombudsman
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman receives, services, investigates and resolves complaints or problems concerning residents of long-term health care facilities. The program also provides advocacy services to long-term care facility residents, and comments on existing and proposed legislation, regulations and policies affecting long-term care residents. Education is provided to residents, family members and facility staff concerning the legal rights of residents.
Lotsa Helping Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands provides a free caregiving and volunteer service where individuals can create private web-based communities to organize help for people in need. It has an easy to use group calendar where members can schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the family including meals, rides to medical appointments and visits. There are also a place for Announcements and Message Boards to update family members and friends who have access.
My Senior Care is a community on the topic of senior care providing information on home health care, assisted living facilities and hospice.
National Family Caregiver Association
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well-being.
New Hampshire ProviderLink Directory: An online service that connects individuals of all ages who have disabilities or chronic health conditions with providers throughout NH. Access hundreds of provider profiles, explore the Employer of Record options, tips on hiring, and valuable resources.
Next Steps in Care
Next Step in Care provides easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers and health care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients.
Transitions are moves between care settings, for example, hospital to home or rehab facility, or the start or end of home care agency services. Because transitions are often rushed, miscommunication and errors can occur.
NH State Veteran's Council
The mission of the State Veterans Council (SVC) is to assist veterans who are residents of New Hampshire or their dependents in securing all benefits or preferences to which they may be entitled under any state or federal laws or regulations.
NH Adult Day Services Association
For over 20 years, the New Hampshire Adult Day Services Association (NHADSA) has been the voice for the state’s Adult Day Service industry. NHADSA represents over 25 provider members and supporters and is a reflection of the programmatic and geographic diversity for this cost-effective and continually expanding system of community-based care.
Dual-Diagnosis Recovery information and Programs for Cognitive Disorders and Substance Abuse
Today's Caregiver (Caregiver.com)
A Caregiver Magazine providing links to newsletters, care tips, and resources.
VA Caregiver Support: Caring for those Who Care
The support line will serve as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information to help in the care of our Nation’s Veterans. Calls to The National Caregiver Support Line will be answered by VA employees who are licensed clinical social workers. The Support Line will provide information on VA/community caregiver support resources and referrals to dedicated Caregiver Support Coordinators located in every VA Medical Center.|}
Caregivers are the family members and loved ones who provide care for Veterans who are living with the effects of war, disability, chronic illness, or aging. They deserve VA’s highest level of support. On February 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line.
The National Caregiver Support Line is open Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.
The National Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free number is 1-855-260-3274
The VA's Caregiver website: VA Caregiver Support: Caring for Those Who Care