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.
- Community Living Connections (CLC) (855-567-0252)
- Washington’s CLC network helps individuals, their caregivers, legal representatives and families navigate and connect with information and access to long-term and home- or community-based services and supports.
- Washington 211 (2-1-1 | 877-211-9274 toll-free)
- 2-1-1 is a free community service in Washington State that connects residents with highly trained information and referral specialists to assess needs and provide a list of referrals to available resources in your community.
- Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (800-562-6028)
- The state ombudsman advocates for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes and assisted living facilities to protect their rights under federal and state laws and regulations.
Home- and Community-Based Resources
- Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116)
- Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families.
- NCOA Benefits Checkup
- BenefitsCheckUp connects millions of older adults and people with disabilities with benefits programs that can help pay for health care, medicine, food, utilities, and more.
- Northwest Justice Project (2-1-1 King County | 888-201-1012 toll-free)
- NJP provides legal help to low-income people in cases affecting such basic human needs as safety and security, housing preservation, income protection, access to health care, education, and other basic needs.
- Washington Cares Career
- Washington Care Careers is a guide that provides you with professional development opportunities, that offer flexible schedules and positions within the fastest growing industry in the nation, assisting older adults and adults with disabilities with daily activities so they can remain in their own homes and communities.
- Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace
- AARP offers valuable resources to help employers create a caregiver-friendly workplace.
- WorkSource Washington (888-316-5627 toll-free)
- WorkSource is a partnership of state, local, and non-profit agencies that provide employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington. Customers access services electronically through worksourcewa.com or a network of more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates, and connection sites.
- Travel Washington Intercity Bus Program (360-878-4695)
- Travel Washington Intercity Bus Program connects rural communities to major transportation hubs and urban centers, filling gaps in the transportation network and making travel more accessible, reliable and convenient.
- Washington Homeownership Resource Center (WHRC) (877-894-4663 toll-free)
- WHRC is a nonprofit organization that offers a website, hotline, and portal where Washington residents can find resources for first-time homebuyers, current homeowners, and homeowners who may be facing foreclosure.
- Solid Ground Housing Resources (206-694-6700 | 866-297-4300 toll-free)
- Solid Ground is an anti-poverty social service organization. It works to connect individuals with information, resources, and referrals to meet basic needs and support housing stability.
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.
Care for Caregivers
- AARP Friendly Voice
- If you or someone you love is feeling isolated or anxious in these challenging times, hearing a friendly voice on the phone may help. That's why we created the AARP Friendly Voice program - a trained, caring group of volunteers standing by ready to chat, listen or just say hello. Request a call by dialing AARP at 888-281-0145 for English or 888-497-4108 for Spanish, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time.
- 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.
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 of 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 residences 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).