Dannelle LeBlanc, Certified SENIOR ADVISOR & CareGiving Consultant

Caregiving Resources

Personal Well-Being

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Alz Authors

 Find hundreds of written resources here – memoirs, caregiver guides, fictional novels, children’s books, and blogs – and the encouraging real-life stories behind these works. 

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Alzheimer's Association - North Central Texas

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Caregiving.com

An amazing online support community and training program resource for family caregivers. Real time chats, caregiving insights, and innovative certified training programs for current and former family caregivers, employers, and health care professionals.

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Caregiving Heroes

 For all those who share the challenges, questions and emotional issues which accompany dealing with aging parents.


Meetings @ 1st United Methodist Church of Coppell 


1st Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m.

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 Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS) 

Offering many services at no (or reduced) cost to those affected by Parkinson's disease living in the Dallas area, including:

  • Care partner support groups
  • Monthly educational/motivational meetings
  • Monthly newsletter by email

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DFW Caregiving

Local information and resources

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Edu-Care (Dallas)

Inspired and meaningful self-care events and training courses

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Happy Healthy Caregiver

 Inspired resources and support including podcasts, blog, consulting services, and online forum for family caregivers 

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Lotsa Helping Hands

Organize a care community online

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Meet Up Support Group (N. Dallas area) 

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Next Avenue

Informative, insightful articles and reporting on a variety of caregiving topics
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TBI Warrior Foundation

Help to improve the quality of life of veterans, civilians and children living with brain injury and their caregivers, through community integration, education, and advancement programs. 

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HOW DO YOU DOCUMENT YOUR EXPERIENCE?


Most of us have a notebook or binder to document everything about our care recipient's medical information, daily care needs, and observations. 


What if you had a caregiving journal just for you? Keeping a journal can help release stress, as well as remind us of what we gain by caring for another. It can also help us to see how we change, grow, and become experts at what we do.


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What does your self care look like today? Find perspective from people who know what it's like here


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Need a shot of inspiration? Get a quick boost of motivation from these uniquely grounding podcasts here.

 

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When it's all bad news, no wonder we get stuck. Get a dose of realistic hope from these insightful podcasts here.


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The Caregiving Years: Six Stages To A Meaningful Journey. An innovative framework for caregivers, developed by caregiving expert and pioneer, Denise M. Brown. Read it here.


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DISCLAIMER: This is not a complete list of recommended options. Caregiver Transitions does not receive compensation for referrals or recommendations. We encourage you to independently research the credentials and quality standards of any senior care service. 

Local Resources

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ADULT DAY CARE


Friends Place Adult Day Services (Richardson, Desoto)


Golden Grace Adult Day Care (McKinney - 972-569-9000)

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Find the right ASSISTED LIVING, MEMORY CARE, or other service enriched housing (a free service)

It's important to work with an agency that upholds the highest ethical standards. We strongly recommend that you avoid sharing any personal information with any online site for senior relocation.  


A reputable agency will take time to get to know both you and your care recipient, share verifiable credentials, conduct on-site tours with you, report facility quality and operational history, and more.


Oasis Senior Advisors


 Senior Care Authority

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BENEFITS

 

BenefitsCheckUp

Find specific, available benefits and services that you and your care recipient qualify for in your area. 


North Central Texas Council of Governments

Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and disability benefits counseling, care coordination, long-term care ombudsman, and nursing home relocation 


Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) 

 Community Care for Aging and Disabled programs including in-home help and CBA (Community  Based Alternative) programs


Texas Health and Human Services Commission  

2-1-1 for Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), Nursing Home Assistance


Texas Veterans Commission

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COUNSELING SERVICES (Family & Individual)


Authentic Balance Counseling


Me Time Counseling

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ELDER LAW


Underwood Perkins P.C.


Northcutt & Hamilton Law

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FALL PREVENTION & FITNESS EDUCATION


Best for Seniors 

(serving North Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Frisco, Little Elm, Prosper)


  Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS) Offering many services at no (or reduced) cost to those affected by Parkinson's disease living in the Dallas area, including:

  • Group exercise
  • Speech groups
  • Dance for Movement Disorders classes
  • Non-contact boxing and tai chi for people with Parkinson's disease

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 Family Care Services, Inc 

 Emergency alarm systems and more

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 Family Caregivers Online

Education and Resources for Caregivers (via Area Agency on Aging and Dallas County) 

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FINANCIAL PLANNING & ACCOUNTING


Bland Garvey PC 

(Accounting/Tax Services) - Teresa Walker


Medicare and More


State Farm Insurance

 Agent - Toni Little


Texas Veterans Planning 

(Long Term Care)

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GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT


Aging Life Care Association

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HANDYMAN SERVICES


Plain-O Helpers

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Hearing Loss - CapTel Phone Services

Free Captioned Telephone services to help people with hearing loss stay connected over the phone

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HOME CARE AGENCIES (Non-Medical Care)


Assisting Hands Home Care (Preston Hollow & surrounding areas)


Second Family Home Care


Seniors Helping Seniors

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Ombudsman - Dallas area

Ombudsman - Statewide

Help to ensure a safe, respectful environment for nursing home and assisted living facility residents

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Parkinson Voice Project

Speech and swallow screening and therapy 

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PHARMACY SERVICES


Dougherty's Pharmacy

McKinney Pharmacy

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RESPITE CARE

Non-medical care options and services for caregivers via the North Central Texas Council of Governments

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SENIOR MOVE MANAGEMENT

(Downsizing, Estate Sales)


Caring Transitions - Coppell, Carrollton and surrounding areas


Senior Life Logistics

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The Senior Source

Assistance, protection, and connection for many older adult needs

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Senior Center Directory (Texas)

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TBI Warrior Foundation

Help to improve the quality of life of veterans, civilians and children living with brain injury and their caregivers, through community integration, education, and advancement programs. 

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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 

1-800-252-5400 

Report elder abuse, exploitation and/or neglect. 

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DISCLAIMER: This is not a complete list of recommended options. Caregiver Transitions does not receive compensation for referrals or recommendations. We encourage you to independently research the credentials and quality standards of any senior care service.

National Resources

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 AARP Caregiving

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BENEFITS


 Medicare 

1-800-MEDICARE 


Medicare Compare

Information on Medicare Part A (hospital care, Part B (outpatient care), Part C (Managed Care and Medigap programs) & Part D (prescription  drugs) 


Provider Quality Compare

Find and compare quality of patient care for home health agencies, doctors, hospitals, and other providers


 Social Security Administration

 1-800-772-1213 

(TTY 1-800-325-0778


 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  

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Caregiver Action Network

Includes toolbox and information on how to care for your care recipient

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Caregiving Pathways: How to Help Your Loved One in the Hospital

An easy-to-read guide to learn:

  • What to expect in the hospital
  • How you can help your loved one during the hospital stay
  • How to prepare for care at home after discharge

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National Caregivers Library 

Excellent resource with checklists for planning, record keeping, money and insurance, housing, and more 

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National Respite Locator

Find respite providers, programs and funding by location

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The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving Information and educational programs for caregivers

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Take Them a Meal 

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 Technology for Caregivers


LivPact 

Help to facilitate coordination, communication, monitoring and service provision for caregivers directly from a phone, tablet or computer 


MindLight 

Free, caregiving-friendly app. Access caregiver, patient, and care team contact information in one space, create and manage tasks, and store important documents. 





DISCLAIMER: This is not a complete list of recommended options. Caregiver Transitions does not receive compensation for referrals or recommendations. We encourage you to independently research the credentials and quality standards of any senior care service.

Expectant Caregivers

 "Just Helping Out" 


When a family member begins to need more help, the Expectant Caregiver Questionnaire can help prepare for what may be next.

For personalized help finding the next steps that work for you, call 844) 465-3695 to schedule a FREE 30 minute consultation.


Expectant Caregiver_Questionnaire (pdf)

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