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The Krames Health Library provides access to articles and fact sheets on health topics. Search health topics, such as cold or flu symptoms, high blood pressure, and heart health.

A free health information line! No matter what time it is or what day it is, you can always call our Nurse Advice Line. When you call, you’ll speak to registered nurses. The nurses can give you advice on any health-related problem. They are ready to help you now at 1-877-658-0305 (For TTY, contact California Relay by dialing 711 and provide the 1-877-658-0305 number).

Caregiving Glossary

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Coping with challenging conduct

Legal topics to think about

End of Life

Call California Health & Wellness Member Services at 1-877-658-0305 (TTY: 711) and follow the prompts for a current mental health crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Call Center
Kind and caring help for people in any type of crisis – 1-775-784-8090 or 1-800-273-8255

Friendship Line
A crisis hotline and a warm line for non-urgent calls. This line provides support services, such as:

  • Suicide prevention
  • Emotional support
  • Elder abuse prevention and treatment
  • Well-being checks
  • Grief support
  • Information and referrals for older adults or adults with disabilities - 1-800-971-0016

Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Support Line – 1-800-272-3900

211 Program
2-1-1 Get Connected. Get Answers.

The 2-1-1 program is a free, private service to help find local resources, including:

  • Food and nutrition programs
  • Shelter and housing
  • Utilities support
  • Disaster relief
  • Jobs
  • Addiction prevention and rehab programs
  • Re-entry support for ex-offenders
  • Support groups
  • Safe help out of an abusive state

Call 211 to speak with a service expert in your area.

Caring for someone is rarely easy and can take much of your time. To help care for others, caregivers need to make time to care for themselves.

Keep in mind the tips below to help you take care of yourself:

  • No one is perfect. You will make mistakes.
  • Many emotions surface when you are caring for someone.
  • Depression is a common feeling while giving care.
  • Give yourself and your loved one an honest outlook.
  • Use the info and tools offered to you.
  • Know the skills needed to care for someone else. Know your limits about what you can and cannot do.
  • Learn to say, “No.”
  • Take help from others.
  • Be resilient.
  • Know your own stress triggers.
  • For healthy coping:
    • Eat right
    • Exercise
    • Sleep

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Caregivers Fact Sheet on personal care for caregivers.

Nutrition Resources:
nutrition.gov

Other resources:
Physical activity information
Disease-specific nutrition information
Mental and emotional health information

AARP
aarp.org

Brain Injury Association of America
BIAUSA.org

Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
Caregiveraction.org

Dementia/Alzheimer’s
ALZ.org
1-800-272-3900

Disability
Disability.gov

Eldercare Locator
1.800.677.1116
Eldercare.gov

Family Caregiver Alliance
Caregiver.org
1-800-445-8106

Medicaid
Medicaid.gov

Medicare
Medicare.gov

MedlinePlus: End of Life Issues
Medlineplus.gov/endoflifeissues.html

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
POLST.org

Serious Mental Illness
NAMI.org
1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Stroke
Stroke.org
1-800-STROKES (787-6537)

U.S. Living Will Registry®
uslivingwillregistry.com

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
Nasuad.org