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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  • The Difference Between Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Doctors

    Doctors are in increasingly short supply, so it's not uncommon for patients to spend more time with physician assistants and nurse practitioners during appointments. Is one of these providers any better or worse than the others?

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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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  • 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 caregiving strategy with a printable care plan template, get real care plan examples, and find elder care professionals who can help you execute your plan.

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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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  • Your Pharmacist Can Make Medication Management Much Easier

    Many older adults take over a dozen different prescription drugs each year. Here's how a pharmacist can make managing these medications much easier.

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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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  • 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, social, and mental health needs.

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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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  • What Nurses Wish Caregivers Knew

    More than any other medical professional, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on patient care. Here’s a list of six insights on elder care that nurses wish family caregivers knew.

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  • 4 Tips for Building Relationships with Nurses

    Use these tips to connect with the nurses caring for your loved one and show your appreciation and respect for their hard work.

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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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  • What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing and a Nursing Home?

    Nursing Homes are skilled nursing facilities for seniors. The terms skilled nursing facility (SNF) and nursing home are often used interchangeably. Skilled nursing, as a service, can actually be provided in other senior care settings, including the home.

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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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  • How Palliative Care Helps Achieve Quality of Life

    Learn what palliative care can do to help your elderly loved one cope with serious illness and alleviate pain.

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