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Family Caregiver Resources for Missouri

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Caregiving may be one of the most important, and challenging, roles you’ll ever take on. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey — starting to plan; taking care of a family member in your home, in a facility, or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities — having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier.

AARP developed this family caregiver guide with you, the caregiver, in mind and as a starting point to help you find the services and support you might need throughout your journey.

To order a print copy of this online guide, call the toll-free AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line at 877-333-5885 and indicate which state(s) you would like to receive. A copy will be mailed to you.

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General Resources

  • Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
    • Missouri has 10 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), which provide a variety of resources and services ranging from caregiver support to Medicare assistance. For more information and local programs/resources, contact the nearest AAA:
      • Albany: Young at Heart Resources (888-844-5626)
      • Kirksville: Northeast MO AAA (800-664-6338)
      • Kansas City: Mid-America Regional Council (800-593-7948)
      • Warrensburg: Care Connection for Aging Services (800-748-7826)
      • Columbia: Central Missouri AAA (800-369-5211)
      • St. Louis: Aging Ahead (800-243-6060)
      • Cape Girardeau: Aging Matters (800-392-8771)
      • Springfield: Senior Age (800-497-0822)
      • Joplin: Region X AAA (417-781-7562)
      • St. Louis city: St. Louis Area AAA (877-612-5918 toll-free)
      • Headquarters: 1616 Southridge Drive, Suite 203 Jefferson City, MO 65109
  • Missouri Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) (800-445-8106 | info@caregiver.org)
    • FCA works at the local, state and national levels to improve the quality of life for family caregivers of adults with cognitive and physical disabilities through services, education, advocacy and research.
  • SeniorResource.com (seniorresourcecom@gmail.com)
    • SeniorResource.com provides a comprehensive source of relevant information and services for seniors and their caregivers.

Health Resources

  • Alzheimer’s Association– Greater Missouri Chapter
    • The Alzheimer’s Association provides resources for caregivers that include what to expect and how to prepare as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s.
      • St. Louis: 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132 (800-272-3900)
      • Springfield: 3645 South Ave., Springfield, MO 65807 (417-866-2199)
      • Columbia: 2609 E. Broadway, Suite 119, Columbia, MO 65201 (573-443-8665)
      • St. Joseph: 927 Fararon P.O. Box 1241, St. Joseph, MO 64501 (816-364-4467)
      • Prairie Village: 3846 W. 75th St., Suite 4126, Prairie Village, KS 66208 (800-272-3900)
      • 24/7 Helpline greatermissouri-helpline@alz.org
  • The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
    • The DHSS manages public health and services for older and disabled Missourians. 912 Wildwood, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
      • Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline (800-392-0210)
      • Social Services 855-343-4636
      • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program 800-309-3282
  • CLAIM (800-390-3330)
    • CLAIM is Missouri’s official State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Agency. CLAIM provides free Medicare counseling in communities, online and over the phone. 1105 Lakeview Ave., Columbia, MO 65201
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Home- and Community-Based Resources

Financial Resources

  • Missouri Community Action Network (CAN) (573-634-2969)
    • Missouri CAN has 19 Community Action Agencies covering Missouri that provide direct services to low-income Missourians. 3337 Emerald Lane, Columbia, MO 65109

Legal Resources

    • Legal Aid of Western Missouri (816-474-6750)
      • Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn. For eligibility requirements or more information, please contact Legal Aid of Western Missouri.
        • Central office: 4001 Blue Parkway, Suite 300 Kansas City, MO 64130
    • Legal Services of Southern Missouri (800-444-4863)
      • Legal Aid of Southern Missouri provides free legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn. For eligibility requirements or more information, please contact Legal Services of Southern Missouri.
        • Central office: 809 North Campbell, Springfield, MO 65802
    • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (314-534-4200 | 800-444-0514)
      • Legal Services provides free legal help to low-income individuals/ families with civil issues. For eligibility requirements or more information, contact Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
        • Central office: 4232 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108
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    Workplace/Employer Resources

    Transportation Resources

    • OATS Transit (888-875-6287 toll-free)
      • OATS Transit offers a shared-ride, door-to-door transportation to 87 counties in Missouri. Transportation is available to all, regardless of age, race, gender, color, religion or national origin. 2501 Maguire Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201
    • SMTS Connect (800-273-0646 | 573-783-5505 | contactus@ridesmts.org)
      • Southeast Missouri Transportation Service offers door-to-door transportation to everyone in 21 Missouri counties. Vehicles are handicap accessible to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs. 700 E. Highway 72 P.O. Box 679, Fredericktown, MO 63645

    Housing Resources

    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
      • HUD provides housing and community development assistance, based on income/eligibility. Kansas City Regional Office (covers IA, KS, MO and NE): 400 State Avenue Kansas City, KS 66101-2406
        • KS_Webmanager@hud.gov (for Western MO)
        • MO_Webmanager@hud.gov (for Eastern MO)

    Specific Audience Resources

    • AARP Caregiving Guides
      • AARP offers free caregiving guides for specific audiences, including guides for military families and LGBT individuals. The guides, also offered in Spanish and Chinese, are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan.

    Care for Caregivers

    • Community Connections
      • AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to get or give help. You can organize online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas and support those in need.
    • Create the Good
      • Create the Good connects people with volunteer opportunities and project ideas to share their life experiences, skills and passions in their communities.
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    AARP Resources for Family Caregivers

    • AARP Family Caregiving Website (en español: aarp.org/cuidar)
      • AARP’s Family Caregiving website is your one-stop shop for tips and tools to help you care for a loved one. It has valuable information about handling medical issues, health records and advance directives, home safety, financial and legal issues, caregiver life balance and much more.
    • AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line (877-333-5885 toll-free, en español: 888-971-2013 toll-free)
      • Connect with a real person and learn how to access local resources via our toll-free family caregiving hotline.
    • Community Resource Finder
      • Community Resource Finder, a joint service from the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, is a database of dementia- and aging-related resources powered by Carelike. The online tool makes it easy to find local programs and services.
    • I Heart Caregivers
      • Join the thousands of family caregivers who have shared their experiences through AARP’s storytelling initiative, I Heart Caregivers. Your story will help AARP continue to fight for more support for family caregivers.
    • AARP HomeFit Guide
      • The AARP HomeFit Guide can help individuals and families make their current or future residence age-friendly. It can also help elected officials, policymakers and local leaders learn about and advocate for the types of housing features and designs that communities need so that their residents can live safely and comfortably and thrive.

    If you have thoughts about how AARP can improve this resource guide, we invite you to go to aarp.org/preparetocaresurvey (en español: aarp.org/encuestacuidador). 

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