Resources Available as You Care for Your Loved One
Abbe Health - Aging Services
An Affiliate of UnityPoint Health
Aging Services has a Respite Program designed to provide a break for you. Hourly rates and schedule are determined by you and the respite provider. Financial assistance may be available for eligible caregivers.
Milestones Adult Day Health Centers
Milestones programs are designed to enhance the lives of adults and caregivers by providing day support services in a home-like environment. The two locations are:
Milestones Adult Day Health Center
1725 O Ave. NW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Phone: (319) 398-3647
Milestones in Marion
1080 Cardinal Drive
Phone: (319) 373-3494
The Heritage Agency Caregiver Support Program
A Family Caregiver Specialist provides information for caregivers of older adults. The Family Caregiver Specialist supports you by helping identify solutions to your unique caregiving needs and challenges.
Family Caregiver Center of Mercy
A comprehensive resource for you. Services available include: caregiver coaches, access to hourly and overnight respite, task volunteers, educational sessions, resources library, music, art, pet and massage therapy and journal writing and online resources.
Resource information for you. Short videos to show you how to help relatives and friends using a walker or wheelchair with transfers, bathing, etc. at www.aarp.org/nolongeralone .
Iowa State Extension Office
(319) 377-9839, Ext. 315
Offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers, which is a series of classes designed to empower you to take better care of yourself. The "tools" learned in the six-week series benefit you by helping you reduce stress, improve your confidence as a caregiver, establish balance in your life, communicate your needs, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.
Lifelong Links can connect you to many of the state's information and referral resources, including Iowa COMPASS, the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Iowa Family Caregiver Support Program and Iowa 2-1-1. Information and referral specialists will help you identify community-based services available in your area and help you determine which programs best fit your individual situation.
National Alliance for Caregiving
Click here for a list of Disease-Specific Resources for caregiver support
Coalition of organizations focused on caregiving issues; provides a resource for ideas and helpful advice for family caregivers (www.familycaregiving101.org).
Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving
Provides information and resources for you on long-term caregiving.
Iowa Lifespan Respite Coalition
Through a grant from the Administration for Community Living administered by the Iowa Department on Aging, the Iowa Lifespan Respite Coalition provides funds for emergency respite care if you are in crisis. The Coalition recognizes that a crisis situation may look different for everyone and seeks to help you if you are experiencing emotional or medical crises related to familial duties and a variety of other situations through funding and a connection to respite providers.
VA Caregiver Support
If you are caring for a veteran, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that is available to you. The Caregiver Support Line can tell you about the assistance available from the VA, help you access services and connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at the VA Medical Center near you.