Caring for a loved one is one of the most rewarding, yet often challenging responsibilities individuals can face. Very frequently family members are completely unprepared for the financial, legal, medical, and moral obligations associated with care giving, and feel overwhelmed by the urgent nature of the learning curve.
In partnership with the Mercer County Department of Human Services, Aging & Disability Resource Connection, we recognize that caregiving is a privilege, but also can be a tremendous challenge. That's why we've developed The Caregiver Backpack, available for check out to library patrons at any of the Mercer County Library System's nine branches. We hope that the materials included in the backpack are informative and helpful to you in your journey as a caregiver. Along with numerous flyers and pamphlets, which you are encouraged to keep, the Backpack contains a list of helpful websites, print titles, and DVDs.
Caregiver Backpacks are available for check-out for a 3 week period, and can be renewed four additional times, if they are not on hold for another patron. There is a $1.00 per day overdue fine associated with the backpacks, and they must be returned inside the library and not through the book or DVD drops ($1.00 fee if returned in the book or DVD drop).
In addition, the staff of the Mercer County Aging & Disability Resource Connection are available to offer assistance to you and your family as you navigate caregiving. They can be reached at 609-989-6661 or ADRC@mercercounty.org.
If you find the resource in the backpack valuable, or if you have title suggestions for inclusion, we'd love to hear from you!
What Is Included
- A Caregiver's Workbook: A Guidebook to Becoming a Caregiver for Your Loved One, by Kathy Macaraeg
- Age In Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Dec/uttering Mom and Dad's Home, by Lynda Shrager
- Caregiver's survival guide : caring for yourself while caring for a loved one, by Robert Yonover, PhD and Ellie Crowe
- Elder care : the road to growing old is not paved, by Buckley Fricker
- Peace of mind for your aging parents : a financial, legal, and psychological toolkit for adult children, advisors, and caregivers, Kenneth O. Doyle
- The 36-hour day : a family guide to caring for people who have Alzheimer disease, other dementias, and memory loss, by Nancy L. Mace
Pamphlets, Brochures, and More
- "ADRC" Information Sheet
- "Alternatives for Seniors, NJ Guide"
- "Bathing and Personal Care"
- "Caring for an older adult"
- "Caring for the Caregiver"
- "Caregivers and Respite Care"
- "Caregiving: How to get the whole family involved"
- Deterra Drug Deactivation System pouch
- "Fire Safety for Older Adults"
- "Long Distance Caregiving"
- MCDPH "File of Life"
- "Men and Caregiving"
- "New Lifestyles: Guide to Senior Living & Care"
- "NJ Dept. of Human Services, Division of Disability Services Resources 2018"
- "Rewards of Caregiving"
Additional Information for Caregivers
AARP Caregiver Resource Center (legal, financial, and local resources)
Free help for individuals taking care of a loved one.
AARP Prepare to Care: a planning guide for families
The guides include: information on how to have vital conversationn; ways to assess your loved one's needs; tips for organizing important documents; a roundup of federal and national resources; information on caring for yourself; and checklists, medication charts and contact lists.
Family caregivers tend to the health and well-being of their aging parents, spouses and other loved ones, often while juggling careers, children and other obligations. They provide some key resources to help you better navigate caregiving.
Mercer County Office on Aging
Serves as the primary advocate, planning, and coordinating agency for Mercer County's adults aged 60 years old or older and their caregivers by: operating as a fully functioning Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection (ADRC) information and referral resource; conducting screens for community services; assisting with form completion to encourage accurate eligibility and accessibility to programs and services; helping consumers navigate systems and processes; fostering community relationships to enhance positive aging experiences; developing and administrating comprehensive coordinated programs and services; and encouraging use of community-based programs.
National Alliance for Caregiving
NAC conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues.
Home Care and Living Options
CARF Accredited Continuing Care Retirement Communities
CARF - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Whether you are seeking rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home andcommunity services, retirement living, or other health and human services, you can have confidence in your choice.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance offers information, support, and resources for family caregivers of adults with chronic physical or cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, and other illnesses.
Since 1994, Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County has enabled under-served, homebound seniors and adults with disabilities to maintain their independence and dignity by helping them remain in their own homes through non-medical support services, provided free-of-charge.
Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare
Nursing Home Compare offers detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.
Legal and Financial
Central Jersey Legal Services
Central Jersey Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm offering free legal help in civil (non-criminal) cases for low-income residents of Mercer, Middlesex and Union Counties.
Law Points for Senior Citizens
(3rd edition, 2014, New Jersey State Bar Association)
Includes chapters on nursing homes/assisted living, wills, and advance healthcare directives.
NJ Department of Banking & Insurance - Long Term Care Information
What You Should Know About Long-Term Care.
NJHA Advanced Care Planning
Links to guidelines, forms for DNR, Advanced Directives, and POLST.
Goodwill Home Medical Equipment
300 Benigno Blvd Bellmawr, NJ 08031
Medicare and Medicaid
Registering with MyMedicare.gov gives you access to your personalized information at any time.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels of Mercer County is a comprehensive nutrition program committed to providing nutritious meals and related services which are designed to promote the independence, dignity, health and wellbeing of our homebound participants
Mercer County Nutrition Project for the Elderly
The Mercer County Nutrition Project for Older Adults offers appetizing meals served in settings that bring people together for activities and social interaction. A caterer prepares a complete lunch each day which includes an appetizer, main entree, vegetables, bread, beverage, and dessert. This federally funded program encourages participants to make a suggested donation of $1 for their daily meal.
East Windsor Senior Center
40 Lanning Blvd, East Windsor, NJ 08520
Ewing Township Senior Citizens Department
999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
Hopewell Valley Senior Center
2 Reading Street, Pennington, NJ 08534
Lawrence Township Senior Center, Lawrence Township Office on Aging
30 Darrah Lane East, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Robbinsville Senior Center
1117 Route 130, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
West Windsor Township Senior Center
271 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Greater Mercer RideProvide is a community based non-profit transportation service for seniors 65 and over and visually impaired adults residing in Mercer County, Plainsboro and the southern portion of Montgomery NJ. RideProvide helps members maintain their independence and reduces isolation by providing a safe, reliable transportation option.
T.R.A.D.E. – Transportation Resources to Aid the Disadvantaged and Elderly
The County of Mercer through TRADE provides non-emergency transportation to residents of Mercer County who are elderly and to people with disabilities. It is the mission of TRADE to provide a safe, efficient and economical paratransit service to all eligible Mercer County residents by trained staff dedicated to the passengers' special needs.