Resources for Caregiving in Rural Communities


This policy brief describes resources that are being used across the country to support caregivers in rural communities. In selecting resources to feature in this policy brief, we focused on those that provide services targeted to caregivers of adults with long-term care needs, particularly those programs available to caregivers in rural areas. While many programs are national in scope, the resources featured here include many that have been implemented in rural communities and states with large rural populations, as well as resources that are available remotely (online or via telephone), thus increasing the accessibility to rural caregivers.

This resource guide is not an exhaustive list of available programs and focuses on resources for caregivers of older adults and adults with functional impairments. There are many other organizations that focus on supporting caregivers of other groups of individuals (i.e., children); those resources are not included here.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Megan Lahr, Carrie Henning-Smith