Family Caregiving

As we navigate through life, many of us find ourselves involved in caring for a family member or other loved one. As a caregiver, it is valuable to tap into resources, tools and learning from others as we strive to maximize our quality of life and that of those for whom we are caring.

The Conversation Project

“When you think about the last phase of your life, what’s most important to you?”
Do you know how your loved ones – and you – would answer that question? The end of life is a significant part of life, both for those departing and the loved ones who remain. A clear understanding of how each person wishes to experience the end of their life, what they value most and how this final transition can be the best possible for all involved is the focus of The Conversation Project.

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Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Center

Caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia face special challenges. The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center provides helpful day-to-day advice, supportive resources, and tools to help you plan for the future. AlzConnected® offers an online community of caregivers to share solutions, challenges and support. Alzheimer’s Navigator® helps you map out a customized action plan to meet your specific needs. These resources and more are available on the Alzheimer’s Association website.

The Alzheimer's Association offers easy ways for you to learn more about the disease, get answers to your questions, and support their vision of creating a world without Alzheimer's disease. The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you!

Aetna Compassionate Care Program

When you or a family member are facing the advanced stages of an illness, the Compassionate Care Program provides thoughtful guidance and easy access to helpful services to better prepare you for the challenges ahead. As an Aetna member, you have free access to Compassionate Care Program to help you make choices that are best for you and your family. They are included with your medical benefits.

The website offers advanced care planning information and tools to help guide you as you make tough decisions. Nurse case managers are available by phone to offer support and information to you and your family.

To learn more, visit the Compassionate Care website or call Aetna Member Services at 1-800-7-DOWDOW (736-9369).

Resources for Living: Senior Care

Senior Care offers extensive information, tools and resources related to caring for aging family members. You have access to educational guides, audio and video tips, podcasts and webinars. You can join moderated discussion groups for caregivers. There is also a FREE Adult Caregiver’s Kit that provides helpful items and information.

To access Senior Care, log in to Resources for Living, and then select "Worklife Services" (right navigation bar). A new website will open; select Senior Care at the top of the page.

Additional Resources

CaringInfo, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis. CaringInfo provides information and support for advance care planning, caring for a loved one, choosing the level of care for someone with a serious illness, and/or grieving a loss.

Family Caregiver Alliance is a community-based nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. The mission of the FCA is to provide caregivers the assistance they need and deserve, and champion their cause through caregiver education, research and advocacy. The FCA website hosts a Family Care Navigator that helps family caregivers locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services nearest their loved one—living at home or in a residential facility.