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Online Resources — General

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Overview and key features of the ACA, including information about coverage, costs, and care.
About the Law: click here
Key Features: click here   

Caregiver Action Networking/CAN (Previously known as National Family Caregivers Association)
Free network with resources and information for caregivers across the lifespan.
Click here

CAN also recently launched a comprehensive online guide addressing the distinct needs of family caregivers of loved ones with rare diseases.
Click here

Caregiver Support
Works to help caregivers take care of themselves while they care for aging loved ones.
Click here

Caregivers of NJ
Dedicated to providing a central point of contact on caregiving issues, resulting in more effective information dissemination, increased support and awareness and advocacy.
Click here 

Caregiver Resources             
List of 25 organizations that provide support for caregivers.
Click here
Staying in touch with loved ones and friends while also managing a healthcare challenge is a crucial component to getting and staying well. Stay connected with family, friends and colleagues before, during and after a healthcare challenge through this free website.
Click here

Center for Medicare Advocacy: Outpatient Observation Status Toolkit
With support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Medicare Advocacy has developed a Medicare Hospital Outpatient & Observation Status Toolkit. Patients may find themselves in the hospital, receiving medical services, tests, and treatment, sometimes for many days, but they are considered outpatients, in Observation Status, not admitted patients. This toolkit was created to help you understand and respond to an "outpatient" Observation Status designation.
Click here

Driving Information: Assessing a Loved One’s Ability to Drive
State of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission: click here
Reasons for a Medical Review: click here
Reporting a Concern: click here
Medical Review Process: click here

DOROT University without Walls Programs for Caregivers
Caregivers’ Connections and telephone support groups, classes, and discussion groups.
Click here

Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers
Many caregivers may not realize that 1 in 4 adults over the age of 65 fall every year, injuring themselves and often exacerbating other conditions of aging. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans; they are costly-in dollars and in quality of life. This conversation guide contains resources for caregivers and their loved ones.  
Click here
Helps consumers remain informed about the Health Insurance Marketplace and health insurance.  Consumers can sign up to get email and/or text message updates. Consumers can apply, compare plans, and enroll.  
Click here

The Informed Caregiver
Free educational video series designed to help unpaid family caregivers navigate the challenges of caring for their loved ones. For DVDs, call United Way of Northern NJ Caregivers Coalition: 888.338.9227.
To view videos online: click here

Long Distance Caregiving
Information for those caring for loved ones from a far distance.
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Calendar sharing site helps friends and family members coordinate doctors’ appointments, visits, and provides updates on a loved one’s condition, letting others know what resources you need.
Click here  

Mindfulness Meditation Online
Practicing mindfulness can help any caregiver reduce stress, restore energy, help be “present” for their loved one, and balance taking care of others with caring for themselves. Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ has developed videos for the practice of mindfulness any time, day or night.
To view videos online: click here

Medical ID Bracelet for Caregivers
Not only should a loved one have a medical ID bracelet in case of wandering or medical issues, but caregivers should, too. Should you have a medical emergency, medical professionals need to know that you provide care for someone who may not be able to care of themselves.
MedicAlert Foundation: click here
Medical ID Fashions: click here
American Medical ID: click here

Wireless pillbox reminder to take medication, by light, sound, phone call, email or text.  If a loved one forgets to take meds, their caregiver will be notified by phone, text, or email. Good for long-distance care.
Click here  

National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab
The National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and provide assistance to seniors struggling with addiction as well as caregivers and family members with concerns.
Click here

Next Step in Care
Free ready-to-use short articles for any organization’s caregiver or senior newsletter as well as free guides on care transition topics for family caregivers in English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. Site also offers New Family Caregiver Guide and Check List on Planned Surgery.
Click here

ReACT (Respect a Caregiver’s Time)
Free resources help employers adapt to employee caregiving in the workplace.  Includes “Employer Resource Guide: Four Steps for Supporting Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities.”
Click here

Take Them a Meal
Scheduling meal sharing to help a loved one in need. Participants can choose to make and deliver a meal on their own or have one delivered from another source on their behalf.
Click here

Today's Caregiver Enewsletter
Enewsletter with helpful resources involving all things caregiving.
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