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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  • Evaluating Senior Living Options

    Unfortunately, wisdom isn’t the only thing that aging brings. It also brings changes that can make staying in a cherished home difficult, if not impossible. As an elder’s care needs change over time, so will their housing options.

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  • The Risks and Benefits of Feeding Tubes for Seniors

    The decision to use a feeding tube is often a complex matter for family caregivers of patients who are unable to choose for themselves. Understanding why and when tube feeding is necessary can help simplify this difficult choice.

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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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  • Activities of Daily Living Defined

    The six activities of daily living (ADLs) are used to assess a senior’s ability to care for themselves, determine they level of care they require, and verify their eligibility for supportive services and financial assistance.

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  • Interview Questions to Ask a Home Care Company

    Use this list of questions to gather basic information about an in-home care agency's services and gain a deeper understanding of its dedication to quality senior care.

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  • How to Select an In-Home Care Agency

    Use these guidelines to compare and evaluate potential in-home care providers and make a confident care decision when hiring someone to help care for your aging loved one.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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