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Federal Resources for Caregivers

Below is a selection of federal resources for caregivers.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map | www.cdc.gov/aging/healthybrain
    The CDC’s Healthy Aging Program and the Alzheimer’s Association developed this road map to advance cognitive health as a vital, integral component of public health. It outlines how state and local public health agencies and their partners can promote cognitive functioning, address cognitive impairment for individuals living in the community, and help meet the needs of caregivers.
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Caregiving Optional Module | www.cdc.gov/brfss/
    Starting in 2015, states have the option of adding an 8-item Caregiving module to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys. Using this module allows states to determine the percent of people who self-report being a caregiver, ascertain the relationship between caregiver and recipient, calculate the average hours of caregiving per week, document the types of assistance needed, identify the major health problems, illnesses, or disabilities of the care recipient, measure the duration of caregiving, and detail the type of assistance most needed by the caregiver.
  • Adult Caregivers in the United States: Characteristics and Differences in Well-being, by Caregiver Age and Caregiving Status | www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/13_0090.htm
    The article is an examination of the characteristics of adults who are providing regular care or assistance to friends or family members who have health problems, long-term illnesses, or disabilities.
  • STEADI | www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/steadi/patients.html
    The STEADI Initiative to prevent falls includes educational materials designed specifically for health care providers, older adults, and their caregivers. Materials include information on how to check for fall risk and how to prevent falls.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH)

HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

U.S. Department of Labor

  • Information on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) | www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/
    Among other things, the FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.
  • Home Care Final Rule, providing minimum wage and overtime pay for direct care workers | For information about wages and pay, visit www.dol.gov/whd/homecare. Information such as a “self-assessment” to determine whether a worker is entitled to federal minimum wage and overtime pay is available at www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/workers.htm. Information specific to individuals and families is available at www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/individuals.htm.
  • Older Women Workers and Economic Security | www.dol.gov/wb/factsheets/OlderWomen_IssueBrief-F-508.pdf
    The issue brief answers these questions: How and why does the gender wage gap vary by age? How do earnings for older women differ by race and ethnicity? What can be done to tackle the gender wage gap and improve women’s lifetime earnings?

Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Social Security Administration (SSA)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Support Line | Tol-free 1-855-260-3274
    The support line can discuss assistance available from the VA, help access services, answer questions about eligible services, or connect caregivers with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at the closest VA Medical Center.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Support | www.caregiver.va.gov
    This website provides resources for caregivers and Veterans, including resources available to caregivers, and videos and stories of caregivers of Veterans. The website also has a zip code look up feature, allowing caregivers and Veterans to find the name and contact information of the closest Caregiver Support Coordinator.
  • Veterans Health Library | www.veteranshealthlibrary.org
    This website provides information on common health issues faced by Veterans, including information related to caring for a Veteran with a specific illness, injury, or condition.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs’ Guide to Long Term Services and Supports | www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/Guide/LongTermCare/index.asp
    This website provides an overview of VA long-term services and supports.

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This website was last updated on February 3, 2016. It is no longer being maintained; however, it remains here as an archive for information on the 2015 White House Conference on Aging forums, blogs, press releases and activities over the period from October 2014–December 2015.

Some material on this website may be superseded, as it was created at a particular time. It may contain references to activities, policies and programs that have no current application. Content in the archive may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

For further information on the use of these archived documents please contact the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living at aclinfo@acl.hhs.gov. To stay up to date on issues important to older Americans, please visit Aging.gov or the Administration on Aging.