Caregiving may be one of the most important, and challenging, roles you’ll ever take on. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey — starting to plan; taking care of a family member in your home, in a facility, or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities — having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier.
AARP developed this family caregiver guide with you, the caregiver, in mind and as a starting point to help you find the services and support you might need throughout your journey.
To order a print copy of this online guide, call the toll-free AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line at 877-333-5885 and indicate which state(s) you would like to receive. A copy will be mailed to you.
- Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) (855-372-1084 toll-free)
- ADH offers residents information about COVID-19 and provides access to more than 100 services offered by public health professionals.
- Medicare Nursing Home Compare
- Nursing Home Compare provides detailed information about every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) (501-508-8858)
- A LTCO identifies, investigates and resolve complaints made by — or on behalf of — long-term care residents. The program also offers education and assistance in obtaining needed services, and coordinates efforts with service providers.
- Arkansas Hospice (877-713-2348)
- Hospice is a type of medical care for patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Comfort care and symptom management become the primary focus, rather than ongoing efforts to find a cure.
- Arkansas Alzheimer's Association (800-272-3900)
- Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Home- and Community-Based Resources
- ARChoices in Homecare: Arkansas Department of Human Services (866-801-3435 toll-free)
- ARChoices offers home and community-based services for adults over the age of 65 — and people living with disabilities over the age of 21. These services assist with everyday activities like bathing, dressing and preparing meals.
- Independent Choices: Arkansas Department of Human Services (866-801-3435 toll-free)
- The Independent Choices program is an option under Medicaid that helps family members, excluding spouses and legal guardians, receive compensation for personal care services. This program also provides home modifications and assistive technology.
- AARP Foundation’s Benefits QuickLINK
- Find public benefits that can help you pay for food, medicine, health care, utilities and more by using AARP Foundation’s Benefits QuickLINK tools.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (800-482-8988)
- SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provides food assistance to eligible households to cover a portion of their food budget. Benefits are distributed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
- Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) (501-376-3423)
- CALS is a nonprofit law firm offering free civil (noncriminal) legal services to low-income Arkansans. It serves 44 of the state’s 75 counties, or roughly 60 percent of the state, geographically.
- Arkansas Transit Association (ATA) (501-372-8900, 877-372-8904 toll-free)
- The association advocates for and provides information about transportation options for elderly and disabled people throughout the state.
- Arkansas: HUD (501-918-5700)
- Assists with housing needs and offers resources and programs to help families stay in their homes.
Specific Audience Resources
- AARP Caregiving Guides
- AARP offers free caregiving guides for specific audiences, including guides for military families and LGBT individuals. The guides, also offered in Spanish and Chinese, are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan.
- AR Department of Veterans Aﬀairs (ADFA) (501-683-2382)
- ADVA serves Arkansas Veterans and their eligible dependents, through advocacy and education, so that they can access state and federal benefits, high-quality long-term nursing care and burial honors.
- Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (855-260-3247 toll-free)
- The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and offers training, education and resources to veterans’ caregivers.
Care for Caregivers
- Community Connections
- AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to get or give help. You can organize online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas and support those in need.
- Create the Good
- Create the Good connects people with volunteer opportunities and project ideas to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.
- Alzheimer’s Arkansas (501-224-0021)
- The organization offers a 24- hour telephone support line for caregivers, caregiver education sessions and financial assistance, among other services.
AARP Resources for Family Caregivers
- AARP Family Caregiving Website (en español: aarp.org/cuidar)
- AARP’s Family Caregiving website is your one-stop shop for tips and tools to help you care for a loved one. It has valuable information about handling medical issues, health records and advance directives, home safety, financial and legal issues, caregiver life balance and much more.
- AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line (877-333-5885 toll-free, en español: 888-971-2013 toll-free)
- Connect with a real person and learn how to access local resources via our toll-free family caregiving hotline.
- Community Resource Finder
- Community Resource Finder, a joint service from the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, is a database of dementia- and aging-related resources powered by Carelike. The online tool makes it easy to find local programs and services.
- I Heart Caregivers
- Join the thousands of family caregivers who have shared their experiences through AARP’s storytelling initiative, I Heart Caregivers. Your story will help AARP continue to fight for more support for family caregivers.
- AARP HomeFit Guide
- The AARP HomeFit Guide can help individuals and families make their current or future residence age-friendly. It can also help elected officials, policymakers and local leaders learn about and advocate for the types of housing features and designs that communities need so that their residents can live safely and comfortably and thrive.
If you have thoughts about how AARP can improve this resource guide, we invite you to go to aarp.org/preparetocaresurvey (en español: aarp.org/encuestacuidador).