Whether it's doing chores in the home, giving rides to appointments or just being there during times of need, caregiving is a fulfilling duty that makes a real difference in the lives of others. This Thanksgiving as we count our blessings, we recognize those like you who assist people with disabilities in honor of National Family Caregivers Month.

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Giving Thanks for Caregivers: Resources for Those Who Support People with Disabilities

Nov 26, 2014

Whether it's doing chores in the home, giving rides to appointments or just being there during times of need, caregiving is a fulfilling duty that makes a real difference in the lives of others. This Thanksgiving as we count our blessings, we recognize those like you who assist people with disabilities in honor of National Family Caregivers Month.

Asking for help is not always easy. This is especially true if when you are committed to always being there for loved ones and others count on you for support. The good news is there are many resources that can help you support your loved one, and manage the stress that can come with being a caregiver. Click on the links below to find support resources that may be right for you.

Juggling Work and Caregiving - Did you know 42 million Americans care for a loved one while working? While caregiving can be a rewarding experience, the role often comes with added pressures. This free guide from AARP has resources and tips that can help you assist your loved one. This guide also can help you take care of the caregiver-- you - as your mind and body need support and care, too.

National Alliance for Caregiving - This organization was created to develop national programs, increase awareness and strengthen local groups for family caregiving. Visit NAIC's website to find materials for family caregivers including booklets, tips and webcasts.

VA Caregiver Support - You may know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides support for veterans, but did you know the VA also has a number of services to help support you in your role as a caregiver? Visit the VA Caregiver Support website to learn more about resources available such as this guide to long-term veteran care or the Primary Family Caregiver Stipend. You can also call the VA Caregiver Help Line at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more.

Ticket to Work - If your loved one is a Social Security disability beneficiary age 18 through 64, the Ticket to Work program can connect him or her to free employment support services such as career counseling and job placement. To help them get started, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work or call our Help Line to speak with a trained representative about options. The number to call is 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM ET.

Family, friends and neighbors play important roles in supporting people with disabilities. Today and every day, we thank you for all that you do to make a difference!