Accessibility Options

Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689
Email: info@gohdwd.org

Caregivers

Because each person’s needs are unique, the responsibilities of caregivers are also unique.  Caregivers can assist with many tasks that help individuals complete daily activities.  These tasks may include helping with billing and insurance decisions, accompanying individuals to medical appointments, physical care and attendance activities, and navigating care options.

Most people assume the role of caregiver at some point in their lives.  Caregivers can include family members, neighbors, friends, and direct service professionals.  While many people assume the role of caregiver, it is important that there are resources available for people in each role to gain support and information.

Below are some resources for both family members and direct support professionals as caregivers.  The resources should provide helpful information for caregivers with questions about providing support for individuals with special health care needs. 

Resources for Family Members

Caregiver Support Resources

http://www.medicare.gov/caregivers/

Caregiver Information

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caregivers.html

Caregiver Health from the American Medical Association

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/public-health/promoting-healthy-lifestyles/geriatric-health/caregiver-health.shtml

Messages to Live By for Family Caregivers

http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/improving_caregiving/

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=847

Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver’s Guide

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/DevelopmentalDisabilities/DentalCareEveryDay.htm

Families with Special Needs: Caregiving Tips

http://www.cdc.gov/family/specialneeds/

Long Distance Caregiving

http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/LongDistanceCaregiving/

Managing Home Health Care for Parents

http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/machine.html

Resources for Direct Support Professionals

National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce

http://www.directcareclearinghouse.org/index.jsp

The Direct Care Alliance, Inc.

http://www.directcarealliance.org/

How Health Care Reform Impacts Direct Care Workers and Their Employees

http://blog.directcarealliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/HCR_DCW-Impact1.pdf

The Paraprofessional Health Care Institute

http://phinational.org/

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

http://www.nadsp.org/

College of Direct Support

http://info.collegeofdirectsupport.com/

National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center

http://www.dswresourcecenter.org/tiki-index.php