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Phelps Health recognizes the important role that our family caregivers play in the lives and health of our patients. We have compiled the following information in an effort to assist caregivers in accessing the resources, services, and tools needed to provide the best care possible while also providing some information on compassion fatigue and ideas for self-care.


“Self-care is not selfish…You cannot serve from an empty vessel”
-Eleanor Brown

Caregiving can have rewards, but it also comes with sacrifice.  It is important to be aware of how you feel and ensure that you are practicing good self-care so that you can manage the day to day stress of caregiving.  Below are some tools and resources to help you along your caregiving journey.

Preparedness for Caregiver Scale A helpful assessment to understanding your level of preparedness to provide caregiving for someone who has had a recent exacerbation of illness or hospitalization and allows you to identify in writing what areas you need more training or education in.

Compassion Fatigue Flyer What is Compassion Fatigue and what can I do to prevent it?

Support Groups See a calendar of support groups at Phelps Health.

Additional Resources:

Discharge Planning

Hospitalization and Discharge Planning

When your loved one is hospitalized it can be an overwhelming task to navigate your role as the caregiver.  Below are some tools that can help you better communicate with the healthcare team and prepare yourself for resumption of caregiving after discharge


The Preparedness for Caregiving Scale

Kindred Going Home Checklist

Care Coordination Team Brochure

Medicare information

Missouri Medicaid information

Additional Resrouces:

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning documents allow individuals to express their unique choices regarding their medical treatment and end-of -life care to their family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers. It is encouraged that every adult have ACP documents completed. Below you will find some helpful resources to initiate and document those conversations

Insurance and Financial Assistance


The Phelps Health EnrollU team is here to help you with any questions about health insurance coverage.

Phelps Health Patient Financial Assistance

Medicare information

Missouri Medicaid information

SNAP Application


Always check with your insurance plan for transportation assistance.

  • Modivcare (Medicaid Transportation)
  • SMTS
  • United Health Care Community Plan transportation services call (866) 292-0359.
  • Home State Health transportation services call (855) 694-4663 or visit here
  • Healthy Blue--eligible members can schedule rides to and from your doctor’s office. Call Medical Transportation Management (MTM) at 888-597-1193

Nursing Homes and Other Care

Durable Medical Equipment

This website has great educational videos on how to use durable medical equipment in your home.

Adaptive equipment videos

Show Me Loans Program


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1Q28716 entitled “Gateway Geriatric Education Center Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program” for $937,500 with 0% financed using non-federal sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.