Explore senior care information, tips, and tools to help you make the very best decisions for your aging loved one — and yourself.
It can be difficult to recognize when a loved one needs a higher level of care. Signs like weight loss, poor hygiene, and increasing forgetfulness can point to more serious underlying problems. Detecting changes in your loved one’s health and abilities early on can help safeguard their well-being. The same applies to identifying and reducing caregiver stress before it leads to burnout. The following articles address red flags to look for, how to assess a senior’s ability to live independently, and more.
10 Signs Your Aging Parent Needs HelpRead the full article
Caregiver Burnout: How to Identify and Reverse Course
Discover tips and resources for alleviating caregiver stress.
What to Do When a Parent is Diagnosed With Dementia or Alzheimer’s: 10 Steps to Help You M...
A dementia diagnosis can be difficult to navigate, but these 10 steps can help you cope and plan care for your loved one...
A Guide to Care: Parkinson’s Disease Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Parkinson’s disease affects a lot of seniors. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment.
One of the biggest challenges caregivers face is ensuring an aging loved one’s health and safety while respecting their wishes. When other relatives aren’t on the same page, the chances for complications only increase. The following resources can help you navigate difficult care decisions, conversations, and family dynamics.
Talking to Family When You Can No Longer Care for an Elderly Parent
Learn how to talk to your family about the need for a new caregiving arrangement.
How to Stop Family Disputes Over Elderly Parents
Siblings may disagree on how to best care for aging parents. Learn how to stop family disputes with resources and communicati...
What to Do When Elderly Parents Refuse Help: 10 Useful Tips
Explore conversational tips and strategies to use on aging parents who refuse help.
Overcome the Guilt of Moving a Parent to Senior Living
Even when moving to senior living is the right decision, it can trigger guilty feelings for caregivers. Use these tips to cop...
Senior Respite Care: Short-Term Relief for Caregivers
Need a break from caregiving duties? Respite care can be provided in your home or at a senior living community.
Senior Rehab: Better Care Options After a Hospital Stay
Learn about senior rehabilitation centers, types of rehab, typical costs, and how to prepare for rehab after a hospital stay.
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The cost of senior care depends on several factors, such as location and the type and frequency of services needed. For instance, the national median cost of in-home care is $30 per hour, while the median cost of memory care is $5,995 per month. Depending on an aging loved one’s needs and financial situation, payment options may include private funds, certain types of insurance, and public benefits. Before making any care decisions, make sure you understand the differences in price and the various ways to cover these costs.
A Guide to Elder Care and Senior Living Costs
Learn about the varying costs of elder care and senior living, including the cost of assisted living, memory care, and more.
How to Pay for Assisted Living: A Comprehensive Guide
Most families use private funds to pay for assisted living. Insurance, VA benefits, and home equity can also help cover costs...
Long-Term Care Insurance: An In-Depth Guide and Options for 2023
For the chronically ill or disabled, this insurance can fund respite care, adult day care, senior living, and more. See if it...
Selling a House to Pay for Care: A Guide for Seniors and Families
Learn tips on selling your parents’ home to pay for care, when to sell, and more.
Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care
Understand the ins and outs of Medicare and Medicaid to see how you can use these programs to pay for senior care.
Reverse Mortgages and Long-Term Care: The Pros and Cons
Explore the pros and cons of using a reverse mortgage to finance senior care and other expenses.
Choosing the right home care agency or senior living community requires a bit of legwork, but it’s worth it. First, work with your loved one to make a list of the services and features that are most important to you both. For example, would they prefer to live in a quiet, homelike setting or a large community with a full activities calendar? Is low staff turnover and rapport with their caregivers a deal breaker? Would your loved one benefit from specialized dementia care now or in the future?
Creating this list of non-negotiables can help you identify your priorities and narrow down your options. The following guides cover everything you need to know about next steps like touring communities, interviewing caregivers, and comparing potential providers.
Questions to Ask Assisted Living Facilities When TouringRead the full article
How to Find a Memory Care Facility: A Helpful 11-Step Needs Assessment Memory Care Checkli...
Finding the right memory care community begins with understanding your loved one’s unique needs and preferences. Use these tips to guide your search.Read the full article
How to Choose an Independent Living Community to Call Home
Independent living amenities and services vary widely. When touring, consider personal needs and wants, and ask these im...
Helping a loved one transition to their new home can be emotionally and logistically challenging. Staying organized and asking for help when needed can keep stress to a minimum. If possible, include your loved one in the process, and check in with them regularly about how they’re feeling. Use the tips and checklists below to make downsizing, packing, and decorating much easier for both of you.
Moving to Assisted Living Checklist: Where to Start, What to Keep, and Everything in BetweenRead the full article
Key Items to Include on a Memory Care Packing List
The right personal items can help create a familiar and calming environment for your loved one in memory care. Read on for expert packing tips.Read the full article
6 Reasons Why Visiting Elderly Parents is Important After a Move to a Senior Living Commun...
Think your presence is less important after a loved one moves to senior living? Think again. Discover how regular visits...
Families often focus on providing the best possible care for their loved ones, but you should get the support you need, too. Help for caregivers comes in many different forms: information, connections, products, and services. Having all the right resources can make a big difference in your own physical and mental health and your ability to help others. Browse our most popular articles on caregiving support below.
23 Best Caregiver Support Groups Online and In-PersonRead the full article
The Worrying Facts About Caregiver Health and Stress
Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but it can also lead to burnout and poor health outcomes.
How to Talk to Someone With Dementia: 10 Expert Alzheimer’s Communication Strategies
Alzheimer's may make it difficult to talk with a loved one like you used to. These tips can help you better communicate.
9 Free Apps to Help Manage Caregiver Duties
Explore mobile apps developed to help caregivers and their families to stay organized, connected, and informed.
How to Speak to Your Parent’s Doctors: Tips for Successful Communication With Your Parent ...
Learn strategies to help you speak to your loved one's doctors, define your role, and form a care team.
What to Do When Elderly Parents Refuse Help: 10 Useful Tips
Moving to Assisted Living Checklist: Where to Start, What to Keep, and Everything in Between
Becoming a Family Caregiver: Costs and Support
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Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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