Elder Care Decisions Articles

  • ER, Urgent Care or Primary Care: Which Should You Choose?

    When a senior needs medical attention, consider the level of care they require and the immediacy of the need before deciding where to take them for treatment.

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  • When Is It Time to Place a Loved One with Dementia in a Long-Term Care Facility?

    Family members often struggle with decisions regarding memory care. There is no downside to placing a senior with dementia in a facility too soon, however there are many consequences of waiting too long.

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  • Caregiving Decisions Can Be Heartbreaking

    Since my husband's hospitalization, the amount of care he requires has become overwhelming. Providing home care myself is no longer a viable option, and deciding what path to pursue next was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.

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  • How to Make Tough Decisions as a Caregiver

    A veteran family caregiver outlines several strategies for how to make tough decisions as a caregiver and maintain your sanity while doing so.

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  • The Difference Between Helping and Enabling an Elderly Loved One

    Whether dealing with a difficult personality or addiction, how can you tell the difference between helping and enabling an elderly loved one? A caregiver outlines her strategy for deciding if the assistance being provided is truly helping.

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  • How to Talk to Aging Parents About Assisted Living

    Talking to aging parents about assisted living can be tough. The conversation about moving to a retirement community or an assisted living facility doesn’t have to be difficult or emotionally charged. Use these tips to encourage a healthy discussion before a crisis arises.

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  • My Loved One Isn’t Safe Living Alone Anymore—Now What?

    Making care decisions for aging parents is never easy. Use these tips to work with your aging loved ones and devise a plan that balances their safety and independence and gives you added peace of mind.

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  • When Home Care Isn’t Enough: Evaluating Senior Living Options

    As a senior’s care needs change over time, so will their housing options. Understand the differences between independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes when deciding a senior's future housing plan.

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  • Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility: Tips from a Certified Nursing Assistant

    On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These offerings may be great, but it is crucial to use an evidence-based method to determine the quality of care your loved one will receive.

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  • 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.

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  • Interview Questions to Ask a Home Care Company

    Do you know what to look for AND avoid in a home care company? Use this list of questions to gather basic information about a company’s services and gain a deeper understanding of its dedication to quality care and customer service to ensure you choose the provider that best fits your needs.

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  • How to Select a Home Care Company

    So, you've decided to hire someone to help you care for your loved one. The home care industry is competitive, which is good for consumers, but it can still be difficult to navigate. Use these guidelines to compare and evaluate potential providers and make a confident decision.

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  • CCRCs: The Sophisticated Way to Age In Place

    Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) promise to care for you for the rest of your life, but they do so for a price.

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  • Evaluating Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.

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  • Moving Into a Nursing Home: A Checklist

    When moving an aging loved one to a nursing home, it is difficult to determine which belongings they should bring, which ones they must purge and what you are willing to keep. Use this guide to prepare for the transition.

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  • 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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  • Renting vs. Buying in Senior Living Communities

    When considering the many different types of senior housing communities available, you may be faced with the decision to rent or buy. It’s important to consider an elder’s future care needs and finances before deciding which option is best.

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  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

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  • Comparing End-of-Life Care Options

    When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, it can be difficult to know what kind of care to arrange for them and where. Hospice, palliative care, home-based care, hospital-based care, and long-term care facilities are all viable options.

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  • Palliative Care: What Is It and How Does It Differ from Hospice?

    Many people confuse these two kinds of care. While there are many similarities between them, palliative care is an important part of managing symptoms in seriously ill patients at any stage in their disease progression.

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