Elder Care Decisions Articles

  • How to Prepare Aging Parents for “The Talk” 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Supportive Services Can Help Caregivers Find a Middle Ground

    Caring for a loved one doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" situation. Discover the services and options available to alleviate some of your daily caregiving responsibilities.

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  • Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Older Adult

    Professional caregivers provide seniors with physical assistance, as well as help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life. In-home care provides invaluable mental and physical benefits for caregivers and seniors alike.

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  • Caring For Your Parent: An Action Plan for Adult Children

    When you first realize you may have to take care of your aging parent(s), the task can seem overwhelming. Here's an easy-to-follow action plan for adult children to follow.

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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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  • Caring for Parents; More Stressful Than Divorce?

    When an aging loved one's health begins to fail, families are confronted by a variety of challenging decisions. Making care decisions for aging parents has been deemed to be a significant life stressor.

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  • 4 Steps for Successful Long-Term Care Planning With a Spouse

    As a couple, facing the financial and emotional requirements of long-term care is a challenge. Here are the four steps to successful long-term care planning with a spouse.

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  • Key Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

    In order to find the best fit for an aging loved one, it’s important to understand what types of housing and care are available and how they compare.

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  • Professional Caregivers Function As Your Family Lookout

    Specialized training enables professional caregivers to notice and act on important changes in your loved one’s health, giving you a chance for respite and added peace of mind.

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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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  • Senior Housing Options for Dementia Patients

    Deciding what type of long-term care an aging loved one needs is far more complex when dementia is a factor. Explore senior housing options and the limitations of each when considering the appropriate level of care for a senior with dementia.

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  • How to Convince Your Parent to Move to Assisted Living

    Convincing a parent to move to assisted living could be beneficial for their social life, safety, and physical well-being. But how do you get stubborn aging parents to make the big move?

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  • What Is the Difference Between Durable and Springing Power of Attorney?

    Springing vs. durable POA: Because timing and a principal’s ability to make informed decisions are such important factors, there are two ways to write power of attorney (POA) documents that determine when they become active.

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