Geriatric Care Team Articles

  • Adding a Geriatric Care Manager to your Elder Care Team

    Geriatric care managers are an elder care resource that many caregivers may not even be aware of. Learn how your family could benefit from adding a GCM to your care team and how to find one who is a good match for your senior care needs.

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  • Create Your All-Star Care Team in 5 Steps

    In order to be successful, every caregiver needs a care plan and a team to help them execute it. A well-rounded roster of friends, family and professionals can help you provide quality care and prevent burnout.

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  • Hiring Home Care: 5 Qualities to Look for in a Professional Caregiver

    The first step in hiring in-home care is to research, consult with, and select a reputable home care company. When it's time to screen professional caregivers, include these 5 important attributes in your search for the right match.

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  • Professional Caregivers Function As Your Family Lookout

    Specialized training enables professional caregivers to notice and act on important changes in an aging loved one’s health and well being. Professional caregivers can serve as the eyes and ears for family who cannot personally provide full-time care.

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  • Caregiving Needs to Be a Team Effort

    Family caregivers can't do everything on their own. Putting together a care team that includes doctors, family members, neighbors, friends, and even outsiders can help a caregiver provide better care, build a network of support and avoid burnout.

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  • 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.

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  • Personal Care Plans: The Secret to Confident Caregiving

    Family caregivers require adequate structure and support in order to meet all of their aging loved ones’ needs and make time for their own self-care. Learn how to create an effective care plan to provide the best quality of care.

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  • How and When to Update a Senior’s Care Plan

    Once a care plan has been established, it should be reviewed and updated periodically in order to ensure its effectiveness for both the senior and their caregiver.

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  • Professional Caregivers Ease Hospital-to-Home Transitions

    Hiring a professional caregiver to help ensure a loved one’s smooth transition from hospital to home reduces the risk of readmission and provides peace of mind for family caregivers.

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  • The Best Ways to Support a Caregiving Spouse

    When a spouse becomes a family caregiver for an aging or ill loved one, it can affect the marital relationship. As you brave this adjustment together, use these tips to show your husband or wife what you’re made of and how much your marriage means to you.

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  • Who’s Who in Skilled Nursing: Staff Caregivers Should Get To Know

    When moving into a skilled nursing facility the care team can be confusing for seniors and their family members. Learn who on the staff you should get to know and who's responsible for which aspects of senior care.

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  • New Caregivers: How to Prepare and What to Expect

    Becoming a family caregiver can happen slowly or very suddenly, and it is often an overwhelming experience. Keeping a level head and following a few key pieces of expert advice can help you start strong and persevere.

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  • Preparing Elders with Dementia for a Doctor's Visit

    Effective communication with the doctor is important for you and your family when someone you love suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Take a team approach to preparing for Dr. visits to better achieve your health care goals.

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Where to Start

    Even if you live hundreds of miles away, you can still help your elderly parents with their medical care. Healthcare experts recommend that you start by learning as much as you can about your parent's illness, current treatments, and its likely course.

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Help From Far Away

    If your elderly parents do not live close by, you may be concerned for their care. Here is some advice to make caregiving from a distance more manageable, so that you and your aging parents know that they will always be cared for and safe.

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  • Dementia Patients Need an Advocate

    A patient with cognitive impairment can often fool doctors and other care providers during examinations and assessments. Caregivers must take responsibility for making sure physicians are aware of their loved one's true health and capabilities.

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  • Late in the 4th Quarter, My New Health Care Team Takes the Field

    For many reasons, I knew I needed some new doctors. At 85, I especially wanted a geriatrician to play quarterback for my team. Here's what I did... and why.

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  • Geriatric Psychiatrists: How Can We Help You?

    What is a geriatric psychiatrist and how can they help caregivers and seniors? Caring for older adults requires a special understanding of their physical, emotional and social needs.

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  • Common Concerns About In-Home Care

    It is natural to be cautious about hiring outside help to care for someone you love. Achieving a realistic understanding of how home care works will enable you to address concerns head on and make confident care decisions for your family.

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  • Patient Advocates: Helping Caregivers Get Healthcare Answers

    A patient advocate is hired by a patient/family to navigate the healthcare system, addressing health and billing issues, coordinating doctor care and much more.

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