External Resources for Caregivers
If you are caring for a child with special needs or an older adult, these resources can provide helpful information, tools and guidance.
Local resources in your area can offer support and get you in touch with others in similar situations. Each of these resources has both national and location-specific branches.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) (link opens in new window)
The N4A offers multiple resources for elders and people with disabilities. It helps members build the capacity to live with dignity and make choices regarding their homes and communities for as long as possible.
The Administration on Aging (AOA) (link opens in new window)
The AOA aims to maximize the independence, well-being and health of older adults, people with disabilities, and their family members and caregivers.
Eldercare Locator (link opens in new window)
This public service of the Administration on Aging connects individuals to services for elders and their families.
Children with special needs are “those who have one or more physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”
If you have a child with special needs, here are some resources that can help.
Disability.Gov (link opens in new window)
Everything a parent or guardian should know when caring for a child with special needs. Includes step-by-step guides and information on additional resources.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) (link opens in new window)
Educational content and tools for parents and guardians raising a special needs child.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NDCCD) (link opens in new window)
Detailed information on disabilities and how they are classified according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Also includes links to helpful resources.
Your loved one is relying on you for more than day-to-day caregiving. You may find yourself making difficult decisions that determine their quality of life; possibly even decisions concerning life or death. Talk to your loved one about their preferences now to make sure you respect their values and wishes.
LifeKeeper Advanced Care Planning Guide®
Available to members of Humana Active Outlook, this guide helps caregivers get organized and make important life choices. Visit Humana Active Outlook for more details.
MyDirectives (link opens in new window)
A secure and convenient site for storing advance medical directives. As a caregiver, you can use this site to help your loved one prepare their plans and take control of their medical future.
Five Wishes (link opens in new window)
Provides a simple format for your loved one to record their values and preferences. The site is written in everyday language and designed for ease of use.
If you are a Medicare member, you may qualify for financial assistance from your state or federal government. Use the resources below to find out whether you qualify.
Prescription Drug Coverage (link opens in new window)
Millions of Americans (about one in three with Medicare) are eligible for savings related to prescription drug coverage. Learn more about these programs and how to apply.
Medicare Savings Programs (link opens in new window)
Each state offers cost savings to Medicare recipients whose income falls below a certain level. If you qualify, the program will pay your monthly Part B premium.