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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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  • Activities of Daily Living: Why This Measure Matters

    Activities of daily living an important measure used to determine the level of care a senior requires. A functional assessment of their ability to independently perform ADLs will help determine next steps.

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  • Five Questions All Caregivers Should Ask Themselves

    Is caring for mom and did right for you? What should you know about caregiving? How do you know if you can handle the responsibilities and time commitments of caregiving while keeping your own sanity and protecting your other relationships?

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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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  • 5 Common Legal Issues That Caregivers Face

    Seniors and their caregivers are prone to many unique legal challenges. Explore issues with POA, guardianship, elder abuse and why it's important to enlist the help of an elder law attorney in a senior's care planning.

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Help From Far Away

    If your elderly parents do not live close by, you may be concerned for their care. Here is some advice to make caregiving from a distance more manageable, so that you and your aging parents know that they will always be cared for and safe.

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  • 10 Government Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About

    Federal, state and local governments offer many programs, services and benefits for seniors and their caregivers, but few people know these resources exist or how to access them. This is your go-to guide for getting assistance.

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  • Resources Every Caregiver Should Know

    This list of useful organizations and resources for caregivers and their aging loved ones will help you find support and information for every aspect of your journey.

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  • What is an Area Agency on Aging?

    An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) help seniors locate community resources available to assist in remaining independent and safely aging in place. Find the elder care services provided by the Area Agency on Aging near you.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Talk about the Future with an Aging Family Member

    Don't wait until a crisis hits to talk about the future with an aging parent or spouse. Learn how to navigate these difficult conversations gracefully.

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  • 4 Caregiving Essentials

    Those who are caring for a loved one, including home health aides, registered nurses and social workers, witness some of the patient's most vulnerable moments. These are a few essential points professionals may see that could easily fly under the radar for family members, friends or even a routine checkup.

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  • 6 Tips from Long-Distance Caregivers

    Caring for an elderly parent who lives far away presents unique challenges. Here are six things a long-distance caregiver needs to know about providing care from afar.

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  • Common Caregiving Abbreviations and Acronyms

    We have compiled a list of both professional and colloquial abbreviations commonly used in the Caregiver Forum on AgingCare.

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  • Carefully Consider the Implications of Moving an Elderly Loved One Closer to You

    The emotions involved in relocating a senior often overshadow the medical, financial and legal implications. Make sure you and your loved one are fully prepared for everything that a move entails.

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  • Real-Life Examples: Veteran Caregivers Share their Care Plans

    Experienced caregivers share the most efficient and innovative aspects of the care plans they have created for their loved ones. Use these examples to see if you could incorporate some of their tips into your own caregiving routine.

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  • Caregiving Top Tips: How to Start the New Year Off Right

    The AgingCare forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for staying active, relaxing and maintaining relationships in the new year.

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