Learn About Caregiving

Vignette-Mark & Son

After his dad’s stroke, Mark has taken on assisting with basic daily errands, and being the “go to” for medical appointments. He has felt overwhelmed and doesn’t know where to turn to find resources for both him and his father. The AAAPP can help – find out how.

Caring for a loved one is an extremely rewarding experience, but can also be a very difficult one without help. See below for some caregiver basics.

The list below links to a variety of resources we at the AAAPP find extremely helpful as a starting point.

Making the decision to transition a loved one into residential care is a difficult one. Luckily, there are resources available to help you ensure you are getting the best care available for your loved one. Several tips below can help:

  • Visit http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/ and click on “facility locator” to see a listing of all facilities in your area, as well as any potential sanctions or fines they have incurred.
  • When visiting and touring a facility always ask:
    • To see the AHCA inspection report.
    • How many residents does each nurse and nurse’s aid care for during each shift?
    • What do they do about medical services and special therapies?
    • What transportation arrangements for residents are available?
    • What special training does the staff have?
    • What are the policies regarding deposits, refunds, and bed holds?
    • How much advance notice is provided before increasing charges?
    • How are personal possessions safeguarded?
    • What activities are available? (Ask to see calendar.)
    • What are the designated visiting hours, and are exceptions allowed?
    • Does the nursing home have a program to limit the use of physical restraints?

Thank you for joining us for Caregiver Connect, a program developed in partnership with Pinellas Community Foundation. With their support, we streamed Live over Facebook four times in 2019, bringing the best of our community’s resources to caregivers who can’t leave their loved ones at home alone.

To find videos, check out our Facebook page.

Don’t have Facebook or don’t know how to access? Scroll down to see the archived videos directly available through our website.

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Thank you, Florida Blue!

We’d like to extend our gratitude to the Florida Blue Foundation for supporting our pilot-run of Savvy Caregiver, an evidence-based program designed for caregivers of individuals with an Alzheimer’s/Dementia diagnosis. Through the program, participants learn to manage their stress so they can care for their loved ones healthily & sustainably.

Missed the live stream of Caregiver Connect? Check out the archived videos here!

Legal & Financial Aspects of Caregiving

Posted by Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Stress Management & Coping for Caregivers

Posted by Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. on Thursday, June 13, 2019

Caregiving Sustainably: Looking at the Long Term

Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc.

Posted by Bonnie Hough on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Reach out to Empath Health and Suncoast Hospice

Request printed materials by contacting Kelly Siegel at KellySiegel@empathhealth.org or 727-735-8743.

Materials include:

Making Informed Decisions for your Health care

Practical Tips from Other Caregivers

Can Suncoast Hospice Help?

Caregiver Coffee Break Schedule (web-site)

Integrated Network of Care (web-site)


Disaster Preparedness Materials referenced:

AAAPP Listing of regional and state disaster prep resources

Pinellas County Emergency Management – Special Needs Registration and Hurricane Guide

Pasco County Emergency Management – Special Needs Registration and Hurricane Guide

Communication Techniques for Dementia Caregivers

Posted by Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Are you looking for information on available respite supports in the area?

Check out the Taking Time for Yourself page.

Are you looking for information on available supports to help you deal with the mental & emotional impacts of caregiving?

Check out the Staying Healthy Mentally & Emotionally page.

Do you have another need that you haven’t found on this site?
Don’t hesitate – call the Helpline today.

We can provide you with a comprehensive list of available resources in our community.