Primary Caregivers

FCA is Now a Finalist in 'Communities with Drive' Contest - We Need YOU to VOTE TODAY!

Family Caregiver Alliance Selected as a “Communities with Drive” Finalist! Eligible to Win $50,000 from Zipcar and Ford Motor Company 

Action Alert: FCA Needs Your Calls June 3-5 to CA Budget Conference Committee Members

Get $2.9 Million Restored to Our Caregiver Resource Centers!

Please call the Members of the Budget Conference Committee – especially those who are your district representatives – and ask that they support the inclusion of this modest budget increase to bring back some of the services cut during the recession.

Caring About the Adult TBI Survivor

My son Neil was seventeen when he sustained a traumatic brain injury at the hands of a drunk driver who hit him and his girlfriend Trista as they were walking. Trista was killed. That was ten years ago. Initially helpless in an intensive care unit, he had no choice but to allow his family to take care of him in a way that had not been necessary since he was a small boy. His father carried him to the bathroom. His brother fed him smoothies from a straw. I brushed his unruly curls, massaged his muscles and helped with the exercises his therapist recommended.

San Francisco's Great Caregiving Resources

San Francisco is a GOOD place to be a caregiver!


Families and caregivers in San Francisco have access to some of the country’s most innovative programs to help care for loved ones with chronic or disabling health conditions like Alzheimer's, stroke and AIDS.

Caring for Someone with Incontinence: Emotional and Social Issues

When asked, many family and partner caregivers say that heavy incontinence would tip their decision towards moving a loved one to a nursing home. What makes this such an emotionally difficult turning point? Incontinence can be the last straw in a stressful caregiving situation. Covered below are some of the issues that make incontinence so difficult to deal with, and tips on how to cope with these concerns.

Living with Incontinence: Social and Emotional Challenges

Most people who live with incontinence do not tell anyone about it, often not even their doctor(s) and especially not their friends. Family members might be the ones to bring up the subject, especially if the house is beginning to smell or furniture is soiled. It’s not an easy conversation to have.  If you are faced with incontinence, know that you are not alone. One in 15 million Americans are searching for ways to deal with this very personal issue. Here are typical feelings associated with continence issues and some coping strategies to consider:

Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss

Original Air Date: March 27th, 2007
Presented by: Dr. Pauline Boss
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Related Files: Ambiguous Loss PDF, Ambiguous Loss PPT


Hospital Discharge Planning: A Guide for Families and Caregivers

A trip to the hospital can be an intimidating event for patients and their families. As a caregiver, you are focused completely on your family member's medical treatment, and so is the hospital staff. You might not be giving much thought to what happens when your relative leaves the hospital.

Digital Technology for the Family Caregiver

Thanks to advances in medicine and public health, people are living longer than ever before. This means more and more family caregivers are responsible for managing the diverse needs of a loved one with chronic illness or frailty. How can family caregivers attempt to balance this added responsibility along with their own personal needs, work, parenting and other demands in their lives?

Special Concerns of LGBT Caregivers


As Americans live longer, greater attention is being paid to the concerns facing aging adults and caregivers. While many issues are the same for all older adults and those who care for them, some unique considerations arise for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people dealing with aging.



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