Welcome. We hope you find this curated list of resources for beneficiaries and caregivers relevant and helpful. Please let us know of your specific requests by emailing [email protected]ma-ri.org. Be well.
The Flu and Seasonal Health
- This is a helpful tool for caregivers who need to develop (or refresh) a self-care plan and approach (is not exclusive to COVID-19).
- The World Health Organization (WHO) offers a series of parenting strategies and tips in the form of infographics that focus on communication, managing stress, and staying positive at this time.
- The Family Caregiver Alliance offers many resources about specific caregiving situations you might be experiencing.
- The Alzheimer’s Association offers information specifically for dementia caregivers.
Special Education During Covid-19
- The Department of Education provides information about distance learning and special needs education in this information sheet.
- Massachusetts provides information to parents of children with special needs.
- Rhode Island provides information for parents of children with special needs as well.
- The MA Department of Education provides a number of resources that are available to all, sorted by grade, learning need and more.
- WGBH offers Pre K-12 distance-learning resources as well as Family Activities. Spanish too!
- Khan Academy has grade-specific information and many courses taught by video. An easy-to-set-up account is required.
Staying Mentally Strong
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) offers a comprehensive guide with information for individuals and caregivers covering mental health issues and more.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has helpful resources for coping during the pandemic as well as specific tools for dealing with stress.
- The Brain Injury Association of MA offers virtual support groups for persons with brain injury related issues.
- Giveanhour.org offers several resources for staying mentally healthy during this time including booklets, posters, and tools for caregiver self-care as well as an activity booklet for children.
Grief, Grieving and Managing Loss
- eCondolence.com offers resources for grief and mourning and provides guidance specifically related to COVID-19.
- Verywellmind.com offers a number of resources as well as this specific article regarding the impact of the pandemic on the grieving process.
- The Veterans Administration offers several helpful resources about managing loss and grief for yourself and in someone you are caring for. Not specific to COVID-19, these may be helpful if COVID-19 specific information is overwhelming or not the focus of grief at this time.
- The Treasury Department launched a tool for registering for stimulus payments. IMPORTANT: people who have not filed taxes in 2018 or 2019 or those with dependents 17 or under should enter their information on the non-filers section of this same page so they receive the $500 payment per child to which they are entitled.
- Information about the Economic Impact Payments can be found at the IRS’s Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments.
- The Social Security Administration also provides information about stimulus payments and Social Security Insurance.
- Track your stimulus payment on the IRS website.
- Rhode Island provides information about accessing health insurance coverage and a website for enrolling in coverage.
- Massachusetts provides a website for purchasing health insurance through the state exchange.
- The Federal Trade Commission helps people avoid scams and other types of fraud relating to COVID-19. Visit the website often as it is updated regularly with consumer complaint information.