Welcome to the journey of caregiving! This collection of articles is meant to assist you as you begin helping your parents navigate the aging process. Thoughtful planning and some preventative measures can allow caregivers to present the changes to come with understanding and dignity. A number of caregiving and eldercare resources are available to help you, and we’ve brought them all to one place.
A primer on the aging process and how to help your parents navigate eldercare safely.
Take 5 minutes to create a plan customized to your caregiving situation.
Learn some simple ways to break the stress cycle of a caregiver and find some relief.
Types of in-home care and respite care:
Learn about the fundamentals of home care, how to find a reputable agency and what questions to ask.
Find out how home health care agencies can support caregivers.
These non-residential facilities can provide respite from caregiving stress.
Nursing homes and assisted living:
Learn the difference between two primary types of in-home care for seniors.
Explore your options for long-term and eldercare facilities.
Nursing homes 101: what to look for and what to ask.
After you’ve done your research on the facility, it’s time to trust your senses and instincts when you visit. Here is a list of what to look for.
How to communicate with your family about caregiving without guilt, anger or frustration.
Consider your parent’s needs and your ability to provide enough time and resources before making any caregiving decisions.
Feel like you’re doing all the caregiver work? How to get your siblings to lend a hand.
A summary of the six major ways to pay for eldercare.
Identify resources for proper caregiving, benefits and more for older adults.
Links to Alzheimer’s resources, seniors programs and more.
Definitions of key terms you’ll need to understand as a caregiver for an older adult.