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5 ways to find an Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver support group that suits you

Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia can be a fulfilling experience, but it can also be extremely stressful and overwhelming. Take it from the title of the best-selling book on Alzheimer’s called The 36-Hour Day — one of the book’s authors was inspired to name it that after hearing a full-time... more

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The Special Needs Respite Care Guide: Your Care Options

What is respite care, why is it so important, and how can you access it? If you’re caring for a child with a disability, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Many people around you will assume that you’ll be your child’s sole caretaker around the clock! But you don’t... more

What Is Respite Care?

Learn how respite care services can help caregivers who look after the elderly and people with special needs or disabilities. When caregivers hear about respite care, they might just be too busy in their daily lives to take the time to find out more about it. But respite care is... more

How Do I Pay for Respite Care?

6 tips for finding funding for respite care costs when you need help looking after someone who is elderly or has disabilities or special needs.     We know the story. You're too busy to find respite care and you're pretty sure you can't afford it either... more

23 popular online and in-person caregiver support groups

Studies show that unpaid caregivers — of which there are an estimated 43.5 million in the U.S. alone — are at higher risk for physical injury, financial strain, and emotional duress caused by high stress levels. One of the keys to self-care and alleviating stress for caregivers is... more

Help for Families with Special Needs

An interview with Louise Bruce about respite care.     A Second Pair of Hands Early on, Louise Bruce, a "doer," didn't see that having a child with special needs meant having obstacles, and so she kept "bulldozing" ahead, staying active as she always had been. At some point... more

A Guide to Family Caregiver Resources

Do you care for a child with special needs, an elderly person, or someone else who needs regular attention? Here are organizations that can help. Caring for a loved one isn't easy, no matter whether it's a child with special needs or a senior family member. Though it's... more

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The Special Needs Respite Care Guide: Interview Questions

What you should ask when interviewing a respite caregiver. It can be nerve-wracking to think of handing off your child’s care to anyone -- let alone a relative stranger. But with preparation, you can find a respite caregiver who will help your child thrive and give you a chance to rest. If... more