Whether you are a family caregiver, a discharge planner, a geriatric care specialist, or just looking for some information to plan for your own long-term care, the National Alliance for Caregiving offers a variety of materials with the information you need, downloadable as PDFs.
- Caregiver Health Self-Assessment Questionnaire – The Caregiver Health Self-Assessment Questionnaire will help you analyzing your own behavior and health risks and, with your physician’s help, you can make decisions that will benefit you and yourcare recipient. You can take this Caregiver Health Self-assessment Questionnaire to your physician and it will enable your physician to identify and provide preventive care and services.
Caregiver Health Self-Assessment Questionnaire – English
- Care for the Family Caregiver: A Place to Start (PDF)- A booklet that serves family caregivers. It provides caregiving stories, basics of family caregiving, caregiving tips, caregiver training, caring for yourself, legal and financial issues to consider and where to turn for help.
- Surgeon General’s Prescription for Caregivers (PDF) - For Family Caregiver Advocates: there is a new resource for those working with or advocating for family caregivers: The Surgeon General’s Prescription for Caregivers. You can print it out and distribute as many as you like. Johnson & Johnson created the “Prescription,” but it is unbranded, and they are encouraging doctors and other health care professionals, administrators of support groups and other caregiver programs–anyone working with caregivers–to use it.
- CMS Tip Sheet for Providers (PDF)- Medicare will pay for certain types of caregiver education when it’s provided as part of a patient’s medically necessary face-to-face visit. Caregiver education is not separately payable in Medicare Part B; however, it can be billed as part of the counseling and coordination of care services you provide during a patient visit as long as it directly involves the patient and is medically necessary. Medicaid coverage policies for these services vary by state, so check with your Medicaid state agency for guidance. A visit for counseling based on time may be billed according to a specific CPT code level.
- CMS Discharge Planning Tip Sheet (PDF)- During a patient stay in a hospital, nursing home, or other health care setting, the staff will work with you to plan for the patient discharge. The patient and their caregiver are important members of the planning team. This is a checklist of important things you should know to plan for a safe discharge. To view the checklist, click here.
- Eisai’s Caring to Help Others – This training manual is designed for use by community organizations that have a administrative and program structure in place and a system for recruiting, screening, training and supporting volunteers, and have or are ready to establish a program for training volunteer caregivers or older adults.
- Creating a Community of Caring: Handbook of Community Activities to Support the Caregiver (PDF) – The Handbook is organized in a way that allows each local League to make informed decisions about their approach, to lay the groundwork for successful projects and to implement programs that will make a contribution to their neighbors and friends.
- Assessing Family Caregiver Needs: Policy and Practice Considerations – Caregiver assessment is a systematic process of gathering information about a caregiver situation to identify the specific problems, needs, strengths, and resources of the family caregiver, as well as the ability of the caregiver to contribute to the needs of the care recipient. Read here more about policy and Practice Considerations.