Tiffany Smith @TiffanySmith

Senior Care Guide Index

Use these resources to get the senior care help you need.

Whether it's your mom or dad needing a helping hand, your sister recovering from breast cancer, your spouse showing signs of dementia or your grandmother who recently broke her hip, you realize that you are now a caregiver. And you have a million questions. Where do you start?

One thing that does help is to have a plan. These guides are meant to be roadmaps to help you navigate your caregiving journey and understand your options. You'll become familiar with the various types of care that can support and assist you and your loved one, figure out what best suits your needs and know the right questions to ask.

Check out the following categories to determine what kind of care and care settings are available to your loved one. Then learn the cost of this type of care, safety factors to consider and questions to ask when choosing the right caregiver or facility.


Senior Care Guide: This downloadable comprehensive overview of care options is a great place to begin. It details all of your choices and how to figure out what is best for you and your family.

Aging in Place: The vast majority of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age. Find out if this is a safe and viable option for your elderly loved one and, if it is, where to start.

Home Care Options: Finding assistance for your elderly loved ones at home does not always have to start with paid services. With some organization and adaptability, you can create a care team of volunteers and friends who can provide your senior with the companionship he or she needs.

Hiring a Caregiver: Do you hire a caregiver for mom independently or through an agency? What questions do you ask this person? Where do you start? This guide answers these questions and gives you strategies and tips so you can make informed decisions.

Villages and Intentional Communities: These aging in place supports are popping up in neighborhoods all across the country and are incredibly helpful to seniors who want to remain in their homes as they age. Learn what they are and how they work.

Respite Care: All caregivers need a break from their normal caregiving routine -- whether it's a few minutes or a few days. This is called respite care and there are a number of formal and informal options to choose from.

Adult Day Programs: An affordable and more social option for many seniors, which also offers respite to family caregivers, are Adult Day Programs. There are a variety of program models to meet your senior's needs.

Senior Housing: There are many housing communities that cater specifically to the senior population and can include a variety of accommodations to make living independently easier.

CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities): These communities feature varied levels of care, from independent living apartments to assisted living to nursing home care -- all on one campus.

Assisted Living: Seniors who can no longer live at home, yet do not need professional nursing care or 24-hour care, are ideal candidates for assisted living. Learn if this is the right fit for your loved one.

Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide skilled nursing care for a senior who requires 24-hour care. Learn about what these services entail and how much this costs.

End of Life Care: Hospice care is available for individuals with a terminal illness who are no longer receiving curative treatment. Hospice also supports the entire family through the end-of-life process and during the grieving process after death.

Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite


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  • im seeking for a job with the elderly people i love my grandma very much and now that she past i need that love again!!!

  • I'm a midwife from Uganda. I would like to take care of elderly people. I grew up with my grandma but in 2008, she was diagnosed with throat cancer and it was me who took care of her in hospital till the day she passed on. I know how to take care of sick people. I would be thankful if anyone puts his/ her trust in me to take care of her loved ones. You will be happy when i give your loved ones happiness and make them forget about their illness. Hope to here from you.

  • I know how to care for elderly people. I have also been taking of my grandpa ( he can't walk and i used to clean, bath and shave him---provided all the care that he needed , i was there for him and up to now though am far from him i still care). Being a midwife, i have taken care of people of different disabilities.

  • Ihave being looking at the housekeeping jobs.. I would love to know if $10.00 an hour to clean a 4 and 5 bedroom house, clean windows, wash and iron including cleaning house from top to bottom and taking care of pets. How is this possible in a few hours? People who does this type of jobs have mortgages and also a family. What is this in 2012?

  • I have been applying for jobs through for several months,I have many years experience and capable of caring for both the eldery and children,but I have yet to get a position.What I would love to know is \

  • I have to agree with the one lady. I have applied to several jobs over the last few months but never hear back one way or the other. I am just trying to figure out if I am wasting my time on this site. Has anyone had any luck with it?

  • I have had a wonderful success. Not only am I able to help by assisting with errands, but I have also established a wonderful relationship that I truly value with her and her family. I am truly blessed. Tess

  • I initially was under the impression that this website would be a good place to find employment, but only a couple of employers have contacted me and nothing has become of it. I was considering increasing my membership, but there are only a few jobs listed. Needless to say, I'm disappointed @ this point

  • I've been taking care of elderly people and I enjoy being around them. They are all wise and great to be with. Also when I was young, I was always with my great gramma,and great aunt being a pilipino, our elders live with us til they pass on.I've been a cna since late 80's with developmental patient and with elderly care since 2006. Many of them were in they're late 80's and older. When they start to know me they don't want to let me go.

  • I agree with previous commentors, I have been on this site for a good while, and I am yet to find employment. I have applied to several also with no response. I am beginning to feel as though I am wasting time.

  • I have hired three people from this site, one did not work out, and two are still working for me. One employee has been working for me two years at present. I now am thinking of live in care, so jobs are out there. I have had very good luck with I just wanted to say there are jobs. Thanks, CB

  • I saw an ad on your site saying 17 tips on getting that senior care giving job. I have been looking for this information now for 45 mins. Where oh where can it be???

  • I am hearing what I too am experiencing. However, I do believe that it is a numbers game, as I was once told. I understand there are a lot of applicants. I have been applying to many now, not just a few, and will see what happens. I am giving the website all I have, before deciding. I also think ageism plays into it. So ladies, we need to show them why they are in great hands hiring mature women!

  • I know it is hard to wait and wait for a good job but think positive and keep a good vibe going for your own sanity. Postive people make for better hires. Good luck ladies and God Bless.


  • I have a year experience of caregivers. I have a car, I have my cpr, I also took care of some elderly that had cancer. I do feeding, bathing, cleaning, cooking, etc. I'm out going get along with just about any one, . I love taking care of the patient's. I'm a hard worker. I can take them were they need to go. I sit and talk with them. I play games. I have always been helping out with anyone that need help. I just move to Phila. PA I cry when I left the patient's they didn't want me to leave. They. Understand why I left. I was working 30 hours a week and was getting paid 120.00 a week. So I need a job making more money. I'm willing to work any hours.

  • You can charge anywhere from $20 to $30 an hour. I've found a walk through of their home and expectations is better than walking in cold. They supply the cleaning equipment. If they are REALLY picky charge the higher end. Hope that helps.

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