Families are the main providers of long term care for people with disabilities. It is estimated that there are 65 million family caregivers across the country who currently provide more than $375 billion in “free” care giving services.

Research has shown that caregiving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Many caregivers who work and provide care experience conflicts between these responsibilities.

UCP affiliates support caregivers with a range of respite care and other support services.

The following organizations provide more information on caregiving:

National Family Caregiver’s Association
NFCA educates and advocates for those who care for someone with a chronic illness, disability, or advanced age.

National Alliance for Caregiving
A national non-profit agency for caregivers that offers free studies and brochures on caregiving and hosts a searchable database of articles.

Other Helpful Resources

Caregiver Relief Fund
The Caregiver Relief Fund provides resources such as vouchers for at-home respite care.

Medicare Caregiving Resources
The official U.S. Government site for Medicare caregiver information, including help with billing and resource locators.

Well Spouse Association
Provides emotional peer-to-peer support to the wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled.

Department of Veteran’s Affairs Caregiver Resources
The Department of Veterans Affairs  (VA) offers assistance to caregivers of veterans.