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Common Caregiving Abbreviations and Acronyms We have compiled a list of both professional and colloquial abbreviations commonly used in the Caregiver Forum on AgingCare.
Don’t Confuse a Free-Standing Emergency Room with an Urgent Care Clinic Deciding whether to use the emergency room, an urgent care clinic, or your physician during an urgent medical situation can be complicated. A new provider model has the potential to add even more confusion to your decision.
Preparing a Letter of Instruction A letter of instruction acts as a clear guide to personal, financial, and funeral information for your surviving family members. Learn what to include in this document and how often to update it.
Activities of Daily Living Defined The 6 activities of daily living (ADLs) are used as important measures for determining the level of care a senior requires and their eligibility for services and financial assistance.
When Is it Time to Hire In-Home Care? Family members are often responsible for providing seniors with supportive care, but the ability to recognize when it is time to hire outside help is beneficial for everyone involved.
Daily Dietary Guidelines for Individuals Age 51 and Older Dietary requirements change throughout your life. Use this chart to ensure you're eating a balanced diet and giving your body the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
The Difference Between Home Health Care and Non-Medical Home Care Services "Home care" and "home health care" are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are very different in what they offer. Learn what services each provides to determine which is the best fit for your needs.
Care Plan 101: Set Yourself Up for Success as a Caregiver Get advice on how to discuss long-term care planning, form your care team, create a personalized organizational strategy with a printable care plan template, get real care plan examples, and find elder care professionals who can help you execute your plan.
Prescription Drug Assistance Program Locator This tool locates and provides contact information for prescription drug assistance programs that offer financial aid to people who need help paying for prescription medications.
Prescription Drug Assistance Programs: State-by-State Programs These state-run programs provide assistance to those who need financial aid to pay for their prescription medications.
Prescription Drug Assistance Programs: Pharmaceutical Companies The following pharmaceutical companies have programs that provide assistance to people who need financial aid to pay for their prescription medications.
Prescription Drug Assistance Programs: Nationwide Non-Profits These nationwide non-profits provide assistance to those who need financial aid to pay for their prescription medications.
Protect Yourself from Injury While Caregiving Injuries performed while caregiving significantly impact both the caregiver's quality of life and their ability to look after their loved one.
Removing Cataracts Reduces Fall Risk in the Elderly Falls in those with poor vision are radically reduced after cataract surgery.
Poor Sleep and Cognitive Decline Connected A pattern of poor quality sleep could be as detrimental to an elderly man’s executive functioning processes as a five year increase in age.
Alzheimer's Disease Impacts More Women Than Men
Advance Directives Ease Anxiety in Dying Dementia Patients Dementia patients with end-of-life care instructions in place were three times less likely to experience fear and anxiety in their final days.
Expedited Social Security Applications Available for Certain Health Conditions The Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program allows individuals with certain medical conditions to receive determinations for SSDI and/or SSI in a matter of weeks instead of months.
The Right Rehab Program Dramatically Increases Mobility after Joint Replacement Seniors who undergo an intensive rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement surgery may experience a three-fold increase in their mobility.
The Dangers of Senior Drivers Staying on the Road Are elderly drivers really a hazard? Or does their experience make them safer drivers? When should a caregiver think about pulling the keys?
The Design of an Assisted Living Community may Impact the Sociability of Seniors Look for certain characteristics in the design of a senior community to gauge how socially engaged the residents may be.
Talking to Elders about Finances and Medical Billing Errors An older person may be sensitive about a family member "looking over their shoulder" to check up on medical bills and payments. Use this tip to approach the conversation about paying for medical care.
Top 10 Questions About Elder Abuse The term elder abuse encompasses a wide array of mistreatment of the elderly. Learn the warning signs, laws, and what to expect if you need to report a suspected case of risk or harm to an older person.
11 Ways to Stop Caregiver-Related Depression Caregivers' risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of non-caregivers. Use these tools to combat depression and find a treatment plan that is right for you.
Will I inherit Alzheimer's disease if my parent has it? Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease. For families whose loved one suffers, the question that eventually comes to mind is: "Will I get Alzheimer's if my parent has it?" In some cases, Alzheimer's might be hereditary.
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