Geriatric Care Plan

  • Elder Care Plan 101: Set Yourself Up for Success as a Caregiver

    Learn how to discuss long-term care planning, form a care team, create a caregiving strategy using a printable daily care plan template, and find elder care professionals who can provide support as you carry out your plan.

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  • How to Create a Care Plan for the Elderly

    An elder care plan can be an organizational tool, an informal agreement with an aging loved one, or a formal contract used to coordinate payment for care services. Learn how to make a care plan that will help you stay organized and provide quality care.

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  • Personal Care Agreements: A Must for Caregiver Compensation and Medicaid Planning

    Caregivers often spend their own time and money looking after aging family members. A personal care agreement is a great tool for tracking your contributions, ensuring you’re fairly compensated and safeguarding your loved one’s Medicaid eligibility.

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  • Getting the Family to Agree on a Care Plan for an Older Adult

    Tempers can flare when an aging relative has a crisis and family members have varying opinions. Here are some steps for getting the family to agree on a care plan.

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  • How and When to Update a Senior’s Care Plan

    Once a geriatric care plan has been established, it should be reviewed and updated periodically to ensure its continued effectiveness for the senior, their primary caregiver and other members of the care team.

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  • Needs Assessment: The First Step When Moving to Senior Housing

    Senior living communities conduct a needs assessment that measures potential residents’ physical and cognitive abilities to ensure that a senior’s needs match the services the community is able to provide.

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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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  • The Difference Between Home Health Care and Non-Medical Home Care Services

    "Home care" and "home health care" are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are very different in what they offer. Learn what services each provides to determine which is the best fit for your needs.

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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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  • Caring for a Loved One with Heart Failure

    Understanding what stage of heart failure a senior is in and learning how to help them manage their lifestyle to minimize symptoms can provide you both with added comfort and confidence.

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  • Create Your All-Star Care Team in 5 Steps

    Every family caregiver needs a team of people to help put their care plan into action. A well-rounded roster of friends, family members and elder care professionals can help you provide quality care and avoid caregiver burnout.

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  • Family FAQ: Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities

    When a senior must go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation following a surgery or hospital stay, it’s important for family members to understand the care transition, the new care plan and the rehab facility’s discharge criteria.

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  • The Importance of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

    Activities of daily living are used to measure a senior’s functional status. An ADL assessment will help determine the level of care an aging loved one requires and what support programs and benefits they may be eligible for.

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

    When your aging Mom or Dad needs help, the role of family caregiver can seem overwhelming. Use this five-step plan to ensure you’re prepared to care for an aging parent.

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  • Strategies for Getting (and Staying) Organized While Caregiving

    Elder care is a continual learning process, but a few simple organization techniques can help you minimize caregiver stress and use your time and energy more efficiently.

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  • 6 Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

    Caring for a senior who lives far away presents many unique challenges. Use these six pointers to stay organized and informed while caregiving from a distance.

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  • Hiring an In-Home Caregiver to Act as the Family Lookout

    Specialized training enables in-home caregivers to notice and act on important changes in a senior’s health. Personal care aides, home health aides and nurses can serve as the eyes and ears for family who cannot personally provide full-time care.

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  • What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing Care and a Nursing Home?

    The terms skilled nursing facility (SNF) and nursing home are used interchangeably to describe residential long-term care settings for seniors. Skilled nursing care, as a service, can be provided by a home health aide in a senior's home.

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  • New Caregivers: Tips on Caring for Elderly Parents

    Whether caregiving has slowly crept into your daily life or you’re suddenly facing difficult decisions following a serious health scare, use these pointers as a guide for caring for an elderly parent.

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  • Family Meetings: Making Care Decisions for Aging Parents

    Immediate family often serves as the foundation of a senior’s care team, but relationship dynamics can hinder vital planning and decision-making processes. Discover simple do’s and don’ts that will make care meetings less complicated and more productive.

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