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Care for the Caregiver: Mental Health

Caregiver Resource Network

The Caregiver Resource Network provides family and professional caregivers with information and resources. This Web site also has a self-assessment for caregivers.

Elder Care Online

AlzWell.com  sponsors The ElderCare Forum, which has several message boards and a chatroom The Elder Caregiving chatroom  that are quite active.  We at ShareCare Bank think the combination of online support and the in-person support groups are a good approach to maintain your mental health, especially when you can't always get out of the house to go to a meeting. For more links, see the category Discussion Boards and Online Support Groups.

Family Caregiver Alliance

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) Web site provides access to information, education, services, etc.

PBS Televisions series, “& Thou Shalt Honor"

The PBS Televisions series Web site, “& Thou Shalt Honor”, includes video clips of the documentary, links to policy issue resources, a caregivers' chatroom, and other resource links for caregivers. 

Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources provides a variety of mental health services. Phone: 601.544.4641.

Today's Caregiver Magazine

This site offers free online articles. Two particularly good ones on depression and dealing with holiday stress are: Don’t Let Depression Get You Down and Holiday Stress Assessment for Caregivers. Another on caregiving for someone with a mental illness is Helping the Mentally Ill.

Well Spouse Foundation

This Web site gives support to husbands, wives, and partners of persons who are chronically ill and/or have disabilities. Click on Chat Room.

 

 


Caregiver Resources & Community Links (General)

AARP

AARP has a caregiving section that discusses caregiving options and includes information on caregiver support, long-term care financing, and help with home care, housing options, assistive devices, and caregiving for adult children.

Aging Solutions

Aging Solutions is an informative site designed to make it easier for caregivers to find reliable information.

Assisted Living Directory - Assisted Living Facilities Information & Senior Care

There are millions of people that have debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. These people need around-the-clock supervision, medication management, and help with just about every daily activity. This is where an assisted living facility can help.

Assisted Living Facilities

Lists information on over 36,000 state-licensed assisted living facilities and tries to explain the rules and regulations of each state.

Assisted Living Source

Assisted Living Source is here to help you to find the right assisted living facility. Our service is free and private.

Assisted Senior Living

One of the most comprehensive and unbiased directories of senior care options, created by caregivers, for caregivers.

HomeCare Profile

Home Care Profile is here to help you find the right home care service. Non-medical personal care, companion care or home health care agencies can help an elderly or disabled person to remain safely in the comfort of their own home for longer.

Just in Case: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers

This booklet from the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) through the Administration on Aging includes information, checklists, forms and contacts for caregivers.

The Arc of Mississippi

The Arc Web site includes information and resources for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The site includes links for additional resources.

The Caregivers Advisory Panel

The Caregivers Advisory Panel (TCAP) confidentially collects, quantifies, and interprets facts, opinions and the needs of family caregivers to enable health care products manufacturers, service providers and policymakers gain insight to improve products, services, and programs.

The Caregivers' Marketplace

This Web site (for discount products) provides information and resources for Cash Back on eligible product purchases.

Children of Aging Parents

Children of Aging Parents is a membership organization to assist caregivers of the elderly with reliable information and referrals, support groups, publications and programs that promote public awareness of the urgent needs and the profound value of caregivers.     Phone: 1.800.227.7294

Disability Resources Monthly

The Disability Resources Monthly (DRM) Web site provides resources by state as well as subject.

Meal Call

Meal Call helps people find local senior meal programs.

National Family Caregivers Association

The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) provides tips, advocacy updates, and information on communicating effectively with healthcare professionals.

Online Seminars

Free Seminars on various topics are available on this site.

Positive Aging Resource Center

The Positive Aging Resource Center (PARC) Web site provides resources on positive aging.

 

 


Crime and Fraud Prevention

Office of the Attorney General

Office of the Attorney General, State of Mississippi: Phone: 601.359.3680

Department of Homeland Security

Fraud hotline: Department of Homeland Security, Inspector General.
Phone: 1.866.323.8603.

 


Discussion Boards and Online Support Groups

Cancer Care

This national non-profit organization provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved.

Disabled Online

Disabled Online - serving special people with special needs - dedicated to providing beneficial resources for the disabled community and their families and friends.

Elder Care Online

AlzWell.com  sponsors The ElderCare Forum, which has several message boards and a chatroom (The Elder Caregiving Chatroom  at  that are quite active.  We at ShareCare Bank think the combination of online support and
the in-person support groups are a good approach to maintain your mental
health, especially when you can't always get out of the house to go to a
meeting.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

New Mobility Magazine

The Web site for New Mobility Magazine and the leading online resource for Disability Culture and Lifestyle.

Stroke Awareness for Everyone S.A.F.E.) E-Mail Lists

S.A.F.E. support lists are managed by LISTSERV. There are several support and discussion e-mail lists.

Support Groups at TBINET

TBINET hosts on-line support groups (mailing lists) for Brain Injury, Stroke and other "medical" related issues. For a list and brief explanation of each, see the archives page. From there you can select a list and view past messages if they are not confidential (many are though). You can also join any of these lists after following the appropriate link from that location.

Senior Living

With thousand of photos, reviews, and complete contact information for 70,000 senior living services, you can't find a more complete senior living resource. Select a state to get started.

Senior Living Map 

 A drill-down map of senior living facilities nationwide.

 

Well Spouse Foundation

This Web site gives support to husbands, wives, and partners of persons who are chronically ill and/or have disabilities. Click on Chat Room.

 


Health & Safety

Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®

Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a nationwide identification, support and enrollment program that provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost locally or far from home.

Mississippi Department of Health Information Hotline

For food and water safety, birth certificates, women's health WIC programs, Health Education, and immunizations, call Mississippi Department of Health Information Hotline at 1.866.HLTHY4U.

MedicAlert Foundation

The MedicAlert Foundation is a non-profit healthcare informatics organization dedicated to providing services to our members that protect and save lives.

National Resource Center for Safe Aging

The National Resource Center for Safe Aging (NRCSA) site provides information and resources on senior safety to health professionals, seniors and caregivers.   Phone: 619.594.0986; Fax 619.594.0351. E-mail safeaging@sdsu.edu.

Senior Health

This site provides an abundance of information regarding many senior health issues.

VisionConnection

A disability friendly, interactive global Internet site for people with visual impairments and their families and caregiver. 1.800.829.0500; Fax 221.821.9705; or TTY 212.821.9713.

 

 

Health Conditions

ShareCare Note: After a year of researching various links for health conditions, ShareCare has decided to recommend the following links as your first line of research. The first, MedlinePlus, has a search engine and covers a broad range of topics.

MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is an excellent. comprehensive website which allows searching on a variety of health topics.

 

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a volunteer health organization dedicated to "...finding prevention methods, treatments, and an eventual cure". The site provides access to information, resources, services, and advocacy for individuals and families.

CancerCare

This national non-profit organization provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer including: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved.

Disability Resources Monthly Guide

Disability Resources Monthly Guide contains links to Mississippi resources.

Drug Watch

Featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

S.A.F.E.

S.A.F.E. (Stroke Awareness for Everyone) provides information on strokes as well as online support groups for caregivers.

 

Home Modifications and Assistive Technology

ABLEDATA

ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.

Accessible Environments

Links to various sites with information on how to make environments more “disability friendly,” includes everything from gardening to grab bars for home modifications.

Alzheimer's Solutions

This site lists good tips on home modifications and arrangements when living with a person with Alzheimer's disease. URL:

Barrier Free Architecturals, Inc.

This website provides information on home modifications. URL:

Easy Access Housing for Easier Living Program

Easter Seals and Century 21 Systems offers a virtual tour of a barrier free home, checklists and tips for making your home more accessible and links to other experts.

Ramps.org Launches An Online Directory of Free Ramp Builders

 

Ramps.org has created a directory of community service organizations that provide free or low cost ramp building services for members of their community that cannot obtain them on their own for financial reasons. Ramps.org is a free resource providing information on home accessibility and ramping systems. HandiRamp and the HandiRamp Foundation maintain and provide funding for the Ramps.org website as part of their community service efforts. The mission for Ramps.org is to create access for everyone, regardless of the ability to pay. 

Government Standards on Assistive Technology

Disability Information Links

Assistive Technology for college students who are blind

Disability and Education Laws

Large list of disability resources

 



Job Opportunities

Labor Finders is a temporary staffing agency. Phone: 601.264.2752

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

The Department of Employment Security has a Web site with information about finding jobs in Mississippi.

 


Medicare/Medicaid

Administration on Aging

Medicare beneficiaries to access new benefits under the Medicare Modernization and Improvement Act of 2003 (MMA).

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

This Web site provides links to information on the Medicare program.

A Guide to Medicare Part D

Are you dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare?  To get helping figuring about Part D, you can see an analysis of all the issues relating to people who are dually eligible at www.thedesk.info/partd.  You should visit this site BEFORE visit www.medicare.gov to choose or change your drug plan.

Medicare

The Official United States Government Site for People with Medicare.

Mississippi Medicare Supplement Shopper's Guide 2004

This consumer guide is published by the Mississippi Department of Insurance. URL:

 

New Medicare Guide - 2006

The revised edition of "Medicare Basics: A Guide for Families and Friends of People with Medicare", CMS Publication #11034, revised January 2006, is now available in print. To order copies, call 1.800.MEDICARE.

 

 
 

 

Disaster Recovery


Charitable organizations

American Red Cross

For information only, phone: 601.582.8151 or 1.866.438.4636.

Salvation Army National Headquarters and Donations

Phone: 1.800.SAL.ARMY.

Salvation Army Victim Assistance. Phone: 1.888.363.2769; Hattiesburg, phone: 601.544.3684

USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network

The President's call for all Americans to serve a cause greater than themselves.

United Way

 

 



Federal

Child Support for Relocated Families: 1-866-388-2836

 


FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Phone: 1.800.621.3362; Baton Rouge Disaster Relief - TTY: 1.800.462.7585.

Fraud Hotline specific for Hurricane Katrina

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General. Phone: 866.720.5721

National Flood Insurance Program. Phone: 1.800.427.4661

ScamBusters.org

Web site listing current Hurricane Katrina related scams.

 


Housing

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

Phone: 1.800.222.6362.

Mississippi Home Help Web site

 

Mississippi Insurance Department

 

 

 

 

 

Missing persons and pets

American Red Cross Find Loved Ones: 1-877-568-3317

Humane Society

 

Missing Person: 1-800-958-9519

Next of Kin Registry (NOKR)

Phone: 1.800-915-5413

 

 

Other Directories

CNN Rescue and Relief, Hurricane Katrina Help Center

Contains links and phone numbers for a long list of nonprofit and faith based organizations which have provided assistance in the area.  The site also offers tips for avoiding scams, locating missing persons, and getting current information on the hurricane areas. URL: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/katrina/help.center/

 

 


State

Insurance Assistance Hotline

Department. of Insurance Consumer Hotline. Phone: 1.800.259.5300

Mississippi Association of Realtors.

Mississippi Department of Health Crisis Counseling

Project Recovery provides a referral service for different mental health services across the state. Phone: 1.866.856.3227

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

Phone: 1.800.222.6362

Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Hotline: 1.866.230.8903 or 601.981.1247

Mississippi Insurance Department

 

Mississippi Unemployment Claims: 1.888.844.3577

 


Travel

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

 

Mississippi Department of Transportation