The Family Caregiver Alliance has created a database of practical tools, resources, and interventions that social workers and nurses can use in assisting family caregivers. The database is on the group's Web site at www.caregiver.org.
The site has sections for both caregivers and health professionals. The tools and resources listed include Web sites, publications, directories, handbooks, training guides, tip sheets, and videos. The site also provides links to other Web sites and specific online resources.
The topics for caregivers include caregiver self-assessment, depression and other mental health issues, disease symptoms and behavior, nutrition, physical exercise, caring for aging parents, long-distance caregiving, communication with physicians, local caregiving and respite resources, end-of-life decision making, and creating personal support networks. A section on providing physical care offers guidance on management of activities of daily living, fall prevention, nutrition, home safety, driver safety, transportation, and assistive and supportive technologies.
Information targeted to professionals includes assessing caregivers, screening caregivers in primary care practice, planning for end-of-life care, teaching older adults how to find health information online, locating available caregiver resources, accessing elder care and respite care information online, understanding the needs of culturally diverse populations, assessing and teaching older drivers, and understanding how personal network models can assist caregivers. Other tools targeted to professionals help them help caregivers provide physical care. These tools include information about chronic care and chronic disease self-management, strategies for dealing with dementia, preventing falls, providing end-of-life care, and improving care transitions.