Melanie Bunn, RN and consultant with AlzNC, talks caregivers and health care providers through home and community care resources, including some specific to North Carolina.
Here are web-based resources that may be helpful to you:
National organization dedicated to education, research, and advocacy. The website has educational resources online.
Alzheimer’s North Carolina
A North Carolina-based resource for caregivers. AlzNC offers counseling, support groups, resource and referral services, funding and more.
Bathing Without a Battle
This website provides information and training about how to bathe persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias without causing agitation or discomfort.
This website provides information about what public benefits may be available to you, and how to access them.
The Carolinas Center
The Carolinas Center serves North and South Carolina by providing educational resources, guides, and tools on Hospice Care, Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care, and other end of life topics.
Directory of Family Caregiver Specialists/Area Agencies on Aging
A county-by-county directory of North Carolina Area Agencies on Aging and their designated family caregivers specialists. Area Agencies on Aging are resources to answer questions, provide guidance, services, and referrals to older adults and their caregivers.
Family Caregiver Alliance
This website provides online educational resources for caregivers, including strategies, tips, facts, and online caregiver support groups.
Legal Aid Society of North Carolina
The Legal Aid Society of NC offers free legal assistance at the Senior Legal Help Hotline. They can assist with wills, powers of attorney, public benefits, abuse and neglect, nursing home/assisted-living discharges, and other services.
NIA ADEAR Center
A complicated website on information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias maintained by the National Institute on Aging. Most useful aspect of the site for most family caregivers is to look under “publications.” There you’ll find a lot of free, downloadable fact sheets.
SHIIP: Senior’s Health Insurance Information Program
SHIIP is a state-run service that provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare and long-term care insurance.