Caregiver Backpack

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Caregiver Backpack

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

Books

Movies

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

Comprehensive Websites

AARP Caregiver Resource Center (legal, financial, and local resources)

https://www.aarp.org/caregiving
Free help for individuals taking care of a loved one.

AARP Prepare to Care: a planning guide for families

https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide/
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.

Caring.com

https://www.caring.com/caregiving-resources
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

https://www.mercercounty.org/departments/human-services/aging-disability-resource-connection/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

https://www.caregiving.org/resources/general-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

http://www.carf.org/ccrcListing/
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

https://www.caregiver.org/hiring-home-help
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.

Interfaith Caregivers

https://www.icgmc.org/
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

https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html
Nursing Home Compare offers detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

Legal and Financial

Central Jersey Legal Services

https://www.lsnj.org/cjls/
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)
https://njsbf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LawPoints-2014.pdf
Includes chapters on nursing homes/assisted living, wills, and advance healthcare directives.

NJ Department of Banking & Insurance - Long Term Care Information

https://www.state.nj.us/dobi/ins_ombudsman/ltcguide.htm
What You Should Know About Long-Term Care.

NJHA Advanced Care Planning

http://www.njha.com/quality-patient-safety/healthcare-resources/advanced-care-planning/
Links to guidelines, forms for DNR, Advanced Directives, and POLST.

Medical Equiptment

Goodwill Home Medical Equipment

https://www.goodwillhomemedical.org/
300 Benigno Blvd Bellmawr, NJ 08031
(609) 812-2210

Medicare and Medicaid

Medicaid

https://www.medicaid.gov/
(800) 633-4227

Medicare

https://www.medicare.gov/
(212) 616-2400

MyMedicare

https://www.mymedicare.gov/
Registering with MyMedicare.gov gives you access to your personalized information at any time.

Nutrition

Meals on Wheels

http://www.mealsonwheelsmercer.org/
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

http://www.mercercounty.org/departments/human-services/aging-disability-resource-connection/office-on-aging/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.

Senior Centers

East Windsor Senior Center

40 Lanning Blvd, East Windsor, NJ 08520
(609) 371-7192

Ewing Township Senior Citizens Department

999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 883-1776

Hopewell Valley Senior Center

2 Reading Street, Pennington, NJ 08534
(609) 537-0236

Lawrence Township Senior Center, Lawrence Township Office on Aging

30 Darrah Lane East, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 844-7048

Robbinsville Senior Center

1117 Route 130, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
(609) 259-1567

West Windsor Township Senior Center

271 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
(609) 799-9068

Transporation

Ride Provide

https://www.rideprovide.org/
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

https://www.mercercounty.org/departments/transportation-and-infrastructure/t-r-a-d-e
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.