Planning for Elder Care
When planning for elder care, it is important to know all of your options. The first step is to identify the needs of both the person you are caring for as well as your own. Take into consideration your loved one’s needs now, and how those needs might change as time goes by. Some of the issues you will have to consider including senior housing and living arrangements, paying for care, finances and legal issues related to elder care and end-of-life decisions.
Articles About Plan For Elder Care
- Quality or Quantity of Life?
Another "hard talk" Carol and I had before her diagnosis with ovarian cancer was the need to balance quality of life and quantity of life.
- 5 Things Terminal Patients Want to Talk About With Their Doctor
Good communication between doctors, patients and caregivers is key, especially when it comes to the complex concerns surrounding end-of-life care preferences.
- How to Talk about the Future with an Aging Family Member
Don't wait until a crisis hits to talk about the future with an aging family member. Learn how to navigate these difficult conversations gracefully.
- Doctors and Patients Getting Paid to Plan for Death
New bills and recommendations look to pay doctors and patients to chat about end-of-life care plans and advance health care directives.
- Getting the Family to Agree on a Care Plan for an Older Adult
Tempers can flare when an aging relative has a crisis and family members have varying opinions. Here are some steps for getting the family to agree on a care plan.
- To Treat, or Not to Treat
Too many people avoid the "hard talks" by postponing them, but such conversations are essential to making sure an elderly loved one's medical care respects their personal preferences.
- Handle Unexpected Crises with 'Fire Drills' for Aging Emergencies
It helps to look at aging as a potential fire; the chance of a major disaster is low, but you can still evaluate the potential risk areas and plan for unexpected crises with aging emergency 'fire drills.'
- Planning Ahead for Mom and Dad's Elderly Care
Known as advanced care planning, have a conversation with your elderly parents on wills, living trusts, health care proxies, etc. before they get sick.
- How can we coordinate a care plan for my parents who have vastly different caregiving needs?
It is not unusual for each elderly parent to have different caregiving needs at different times, and coordinating individual care plans will help with care.
- 10 Secrets of a Well-Balanced Caregiver
No one said balancing your caregiver work load and your life was going to be easy. Here are some big tips that simplify caregiving and make your life a little easier to manage.