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Caregiver Support Ministries and Organizations

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Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) care for a loved one 50 or more years of age (averaging 75 years of age). Twenty percent care for someone 18-49 years (average age is 33 years).

We've put together some helpful links for you!

illness doesn't just affect the individual. It affects everyone they know.  If you are the caregiver friend or family member of someone who lives with chronic illness or pain, we thank you for taking the time to drop by our site and learn more about the emotions that they must be coping with as well as how you can outreach to them more effectively. 

Statistics from the National Alliance for Caregiving
Christian or Interfaith Resources
Secular Resources
Finding In Home Care
Tools for Caregivers or Families to Organize Care
Christian Books of Interest for Caregivers
Article: My Wife Has a Chronic
Illness, Men Share
Article: What to Say, How to Help
Article: A Letter to Caregivers
Book: Spiritual Care: A Guide for Caregivers
Book: The Art of Helping
Book: But You Look So Good!
Book: Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend

It’s no secret that chronic illness affects the entire family. It comes into the home like an uninvited guest and it becomes a team effort to learn to adjust to the changes that transpire. Part of the purpose of Rest Ministries, Inc. is to serve the family, as well as the individual, who has the chronic condition.

Caregivers come in many forms. For some of us a caregiver is a person that we pay to come into our home and help us out with certain tasks. For others of us, our caregiver is our well-spouse who helps us shower and dress each day. And many of us we may not even believe that we have a caregiver. We simply have a spouse that scrubs the shower or a neighbor that unscrews those tight lids.

According to the National Foundation Caregiver’s Association (NFCA), there are more than 25 million people who find themselves in a caregiving role and the numbers are growing daily. Although most of us may assume that we will be a caregiver for our parents, a recent survey conduced by NFCA found that 48% of caregivers were caring for their spouse, compared to 24% caring for a parent and 19% caring for a child.

As someone who is healthy, you may never understand the daily issues that your loved one copes with. As a friend, you care. You want to help... but maybe you just don't know what to say to bring comfort and not frustration. You may feel frustrated yourself, feeling like you're walking a tightrope of helping too much and helping too little, saying the wrong thing and not saying anything at all. We are here to encourage you and to offer some tools that you can put to use in your relationship. 

As we grow, we are hoping to include retreats for couples to our list of programs and we are in the process of putting together a book on ways to help a hurting friend. Again, we thank you for dropping by, and we hope you find the information below helpful.

Statistics from the National Alliance for Caregiving

Nearly seven in ten (69% of caregivers) assist one person; two in ten care for two people. About half (48%) help a loved one eight or less hours per week. One in five (17%) assist for 40 or more hours per week.

Overall, women give more hours of care and generally more intimate or intensive care than their male counterparts.

The typical caregiver is 46 years old, has some college, and spends at least 20 hours per week providing care to a care recipient 50 years of age or older.

One in 4 caregivers live with their loved one. Of those who do not live with a care recipient, 85% live within one hour’s distance; 74% say they see their loved one at least once a week.

The average length of caregiving is 4.3 years

Christian or Interfaith Resources

Stephen Ministries

They offer courses and ministry systems to fit the needs of every congregation and adult education ministry. Lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors enhance caring ministry by ensuring that quality follow-up care is available for as long as it is needed.

SomeOne Cares Christian Caregiver Conference and Resources
An annual Christian conference through Lifeway is for caregivers. And in 2008 it's in Hawaii! Excellent. Founded by Carmen Leal, who was a caregiver for years for her chronically ill husband and the author of "The 23rd Psalm for Caregivers."

Illness-Disability-Healthcare-Caregiver Ministry Network
Join this social networking group developed by Rest Ministries to get to know others who have the same passions for caregiver ministry.

Equipping to Encourage
Dedicated to helping people provide emotional and spiritual encouragement to patients and their caregivers, especially those facing cancer. Resources for starting or leading a Christian-based cancer support group; becoming a Christian patient advocate; and incorporating faith and medicine as a healthcare professional.

Hometouch Ministry
A ministry for the homebound. Each week, a church can send homebound members a personal package from their church. It will contain two pages printed in large type for easy reading, reminding them of how much they are remembered and loved.

Bright Light Ministry
Though this ministry is not specifically for caregivers, the passion behind caregiving for a loved one is what kicked off this amazing ministry by two sisters in their twenties who witnessed the love between their grandparents, and how Alzheimer's Disease never diminished this love. Stacie Stoelting speaks on the subject of caregiving frequently and has a book "Still Holding Hands" about her grandparent's story.

Secular Resources

Magazines The publisher of Caregiver Today Magazine has one of the largest web sites of caregiver resources.

A magazine website with practical advice and knowledge for family caregivers.

AARP Caregiving
From the Association of American Retired Persons.

The CaringRoad Support Network
They connect caregivers seeking the support and friendship of other caregivers in an online community.

The CareStation Blog
They provide information and resources, as well as updates from Assist Guide Information Services about our features, special guests and news.

CAPS (Children of Aging Parents)
They establish and facilitate caregiver support groups, and provides information on available services to assist caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance
FCA is a public voice for the caregivers. They focus on information, education, research and advocacy.

National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals.

National Family Caregivers Association
They educate, support, empower and speak up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.


California Senior Care Directory
This free web site has a comprehensive listing of resources in seven categories: housing resources, transportation resources, home care, end-of-life care, legal resources, financial planning and management, and health care. Access articles that include how-to guides, and even a blog on senior care issues.

CareGiver Partnership
Provides the most dignified product solutions for home healthcare.

Empowering Caregivers
Provide assistance; education, support, referrals and respite for informal family caregivers, as well as to promote public awareness about the realities of those who care for loved ones.

Family Caregiver

Family Onward
For parents and grandparents of children with disabilities.

Beyond Indigo
This is an excellent site dealing with all phases of caregiving a terminally ill loved one.

Well Spouse Foundation
Resources for the well spouse in the caregiving situation

The Caregiver's Beacon
This is an amazing blog with enough links and resources to keep you busy for years.

Finding At Home Care

Visiting Nurse Associations of America
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) was established in 1983 as the official, national association of freestanding, not-for-profit, community based visiting nurse agencies (VNAs).

VNAA leads a profession that is more than a century old - a profession that VNAs actually helped create. Today, by linking leading not-for-profit home health care agencies from coast to coast and creating a comprehensive brand identity program, VNAA has created a powerful network for growth and development. One that will continue to enhance and support the delivery of home health care for the next one hundred years. specializes in placing quality Nannies, Caregivers and Housekeeping services to households in Suburban Chicago Land and Nationwide.

They extend their services to families who intend to provide the highest quality of care for their families and loved ones. Services include locating and screening qualified candidates and matching your family's requirements to the right Caregiver, Nanny or Housekeeper without the Finders Fee*

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice
This is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations.

Tools for Caregivers or Families to Share the Caregiving

We have an entire web page for more of these kinds of groups here.

Lotsa Helping Hands
This is a simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist loved ones in need. It’s an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during times of medical crisis, end-of-life caring, or family caregiver exhaustion. It’s also a place to keep these ‘circles of community’ informed with status updates, photo galleries, message boards, and more.

How to Organizae
a Care Group

This is an article with step by step instructions on how Ellen's Angels organized their care group.

Based on the book Share The Care


Share the Care
This is a detailed step-by-step model that shows you how to: (1) Create a unique caregiver "family" from friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers and acquaintances; (2) Answer the question all your concerned neighbors and friends have asked. "How can I help?"; (3) Hold a meeting that will turn a group of ordinary people into a powerful caregiver team; and more! Based on the book, Share the Care.

Strength for Caring
An online resource and community for family caregivers. Strength for Caring helps family caregivers take care of their loved ones and themselves. Strength for Caring is part of The Caregiver Initiative, created by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, Division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.


The Resourceful Caregiver

This was created by National Family Caregivers Association just for caregivers. In its 148 fact-filled pages, you'll find more than 500 listings for hotlines, helplines, newsletters, respite services, specialty directories, associations, catalog retailers, support groups, and more. The book is approximately $13 and can be ordered by calling
National Family Caregivers Association at
The National Caregivers Library

This is one of the most extensive online libraries for caregivers that exist today.
It consists of hundreds of articles, forms, checklists and links to topic-specific external resources. The library is organized into the eighteen Caregivers Resources categories.
Christian Books of Interest for Caregivers

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