Being a caregiver requires a lot of the caregiver. Very few caregivers have the medical knowledge they feel they may need to be an effective caregiver for their loved ones. Questions abound: What do I need to know about the disease my loved one has? How can I best assist my loved one? What should I watch for in my loved one's condition? To where can I turn if I need assistance? One resource that can assist caregivers is the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) website which contains several videos on different diseases in their online caregiver video resource center.
This is one place to go if you are looking for information on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, COPD and Huntington's disease. In addition to the videos, the website contains a list of disease-specific and health-related agencies and links to their websites. The list is comprehensive including many diseases and health situations that caregivers may encounter with their loved ones.
To access these resources go to the website of the Caregiver Action Network found at www.caregiveraction.org/community. Click on "Caregiver Videos" and "Agencies and Organizations" which are located on the left side of the home website page.