Navigating The Challenges Of Caring For A Parent: Selected Resources

This list features some of the resources families I work with have found useful. It is no means meant to be comprehensive, but should provide a good starting point for Virginia families who are taking on the role as caregivers for one or both of their parents.

Virginia Caregiver Coalition – https://www.vda.virginia.gov/vcc.htm

The premier grassroots advocacy group for family caregivers in Virginia. Membership provides education, access to resources and a voice in legislation to support your care-giving efforts. Membership is free.

No Wrong Door – https://www.nowrongdoorvirginia.org

Network of resources of long-term supports and services for seniors and people with disabilities. One phone call connects you with a “concierge” who listens to your needs and directs you to services that can help.

Senior Navigator – https://seniornavigator.org

A must-see website that includes good information on a variety of aging issues. The sections of “Family Conversations” and “Family Dynamics” can be particularly helpful as your journey caring for your parents begins.

Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services – https://www.vda.virginia.gov/index.htm

The Office for Aging Services of the Division for Community Living helps older Virginians live as independently as possible by coordinating and providing services to help them maintain their dignity and security. Our website provides information that aging Virginians, caregivers and their families can use in making important decisions about their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Leading Age – Virginia – https://leadingagevirginia.org

An association of not-for-profit aging services organizations serving residents and clients through life plan/continuing care retirement communities, senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes, adult day centers and home and community based services

Department of Social Services – https://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/

The Virginia Department of Social Services develops and administers programs that provide timely and accurate income support benefits and employment services to families and individuals in the Commonwealth. Look under “Assistance” for adult programs.

Area Agency on Aging – vaaaa.org/

25 local area agencies on aging (AAA’s) are spread across Virginia to bring support and resources closer to home. Find yours and connect with them today.

Family Caregiver Alliance – https://www.caregiver.org

Based in California with Chapters nationwide. FCA’s work intersects three key areas: caregiver services, policy, and research.

Benefit Finder | Benefits.gov – https://www.benefits.gov/benefit-finder#benefits&qc=cat_1

Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States.

Virginia Insurance Counseling & Assistance Program (VICAP)
https://www.vda.virginia.gov/vicap.htm

Part of a national network of programs that offers FREE, unbiased, confidential counseling and assistance for people with Medicare

Virginia Health Information – http://www.vhi.org/About/default.asp

Useful resource with information on health insurance, hospitals and physicians.

AARP – https://www.aarp.org
Everything Aging from news and lifestyle to advice and discounts.

National Council On Aging – www.ncoa.org
Helps people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. They partner with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.

Good Article from US News & World Report on Parenting Parents – https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2011/07/18/10-tips-for-caring-for-aging-parents