Elder Care Decisions

  • 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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  • Life As a Caregiver: How to Make Tough Care Decisions

    Caregivers often face challenging decisions regarding their loved ones’ care. Here are some strategies for maintaining your sanity, even when making the most difficult choices.

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  • Helping vs. Enabling: How to Strike a Balance While Caregiving

    Family members are often forced to decide between giving in to what a senior wants (or demands) and doing what is best for them. A veteran caregiver offers her tips for recognizing the difference between helping and enabling a loved one.

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  • How to Talk to Elderly Parents About Assisted Living

    The conversation about moving to a long term care community or an assisted living facility doesn’t have to be difficult or emotionally charged. Use these tips to encourage discussions about senior housing 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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  • Understanding Senior Living Options

    In addition to wisdom, aging brings changes that can make staying in a cherished home difficult, if not impossible. As an older adult’s care needs change over time, so will their senior housing options.

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  • The Risks and Benefits of Feeding Tubes for the Elderly

    Deciding whether to use a feeding tube is a complex matter, especially for older patients. Family caregivers should understand why and when tube feeding is appropriate in case they must make this choice for their loved one someday.

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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 amenities may be great, but this checklist of essentials can clue you in to the subtler indicators of a quality community.

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  • 30 Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency

    Use this list of questions to gather information about a home care agency’s services and gain a deeper understanding of a provider’s ability to meet your senior care needs.

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  • How to Choose a Home Care Agency

    Finding the best home care agency for your needs and budget doesn’t have to be complicated. Use this step-by-step guide to evaluate providers and make a confident care decision for your family.

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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 Packing List for New Residents

    This guide explains nursing home room regulations, important questions to ask the facility prior to move-in, and tips for anticipating items nursing home residents need (and don’t need).

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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

    Hospice, palliative care, home-based care, hospital-based care and long-term care facilities are all viable end of life care options. Compare end of life care types, where they are provided, the benefits offered and how these services are paid for.

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

    While there are many similarities between hospice and palliative care, the latter is an important part of managing symptoms in seriously ill patients at any stage in their disease progression.

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  • Deciding on an End of Life Plan

    Selecting a course of action at the end of life can be a complex task, but it must be done. Often a new diagnosis is the instigating factor in formally deciding on a plan.This can include a DNR, advance directive, living will, and/or VSED.

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