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Planning for Care

It's always good to get out ahead of the curve. Advanced planning can go a long way toward easing stress for both the senior and the caregiver. And, in the event of an emergency, all parties will be prepared to manage through what could be a difficult situation.

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Why Move Out? Seniors Can Find Help at Home

Many options exist for seniors who need help as they age. While care facilities can play a valuable role, there are alternatives. A growing and popular plan is to help a senior remain at home with non-medical caregiving assistance.

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Seniors in Transition Will Benefit From a Little Extra Help

Don’t force assistance on a senior loved one who has been an independent soul, but gently let him or her know that you’re there to help. A professional caregiver might be the best option for a senior who doesn’t want to impose on families for help.

Navigating the Senior Care Maze - Family Caregiver Support Webinar Series

Dr. Amy D'Aprix and Mary Alexander discuss the importance of encouraging family members to know about their parents vital information, including medications, doctors, and medical appointments.

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Senior Care Resources (1 of 5)

As we and our loved ones age, needs change and new matters arise, that call for specialized services and care. Many of these issues can be grouped into three categories which are covered in this video series. First is health; second is living or home; and third is financial and legal.

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Senior Health Resources - Senior Care Resources (2 of 5)

Many elder care resources exist in our communities; this is especially true of those which can help with home health care, personal care, activities of daily living and nutrition services.

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Senior Living Resources - Senior Care Resources (3 of 5)

For many of us, finding a trusted contractor to make home repairs or engage in renovation projects can be a daunting process. The good news is that there are resources in your community that can help you find trusted home and living related services for your senior loved one.

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Senior Financial & Legal Resources - Senior Care Resources (4 of 5)

There are many financial and legal decisions that come up as you age. Wills, insurance, prescription drug coverage, and financial and estate plans are among the many considerations that seniors must investigate and deal with. Knowing the right kinds of lawyers and financial advisors to contact for help for these matters is crucial. But your senior loved one can find reliable financial and legal resources through local community-based agencies and programs.

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Find Senior Resource Centers in Your Community - Senior Care Resources (5 of 5)

If you need to help a recently disabled senior loved one, find some health, living and financial service programs. The first thing to do is to go online to a website called eldercare.gov and plug-in your loved one's ZIP code. Doing so will generate information on a number of different senior care agencies and resources, in and around your local area.

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7 Ways to Investigate Your Loved One’s Needs During a Holiday Visit

Planning is the best way to prepare for the unexpected, including making sure that the proper documentation for your loved one is in order and that someone in the family knows where it is.

Planning Can Better Prepare Families

Family caregivers often live in fear of an emergency call that an older loved one needs assistance. The Senior Emergency KitSM can help caregivers be prepared. Visit www.SeniorEmergencyKit.com for resources that include checklists and worksheets for medications, conditions, allergies, doctors, health advisors and important documents.

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