Finding senior care

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What to do if your senior care aide isn’t the right fit

When you hire a caregiver for your senior relative, you always hope for the best. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Alex S. hired two caregivers to stay with his elderly father, who can’t drive anymore and was having an increasingly difficult time getting around his two-bedroom... more

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Hiring a caregiver: Should you work with an agency or find your own?

Even though my father was in an assisted living facility, it was clear he needed more support. His dementia had advanced enough that he needed daily help with basic tasks but not enough that he would have been happy in a locked memory care facility. I had to hire more... more

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How to create a plan of care for your senior caregiver

When you’re hiring a caregiver to look after your elderly loved one — especially one with dementia or other mental or physical challenges — it’s important to be on the same page about every detail, from how often your dad should go out for walks to how much help versus... more

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5 common issues with in-home caregivers and how to tactfully address them

A great in-home caregiver is worth her weight in gold. She can help a senior with cognitive or physical challenges age in place in the home he or she loves, rather than moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility. She provides companionship for her client and peace of... more

How to find an anti-racist long-term care facility, according to experts

As our nation reckons with its legacy of racism, family caregivers grapple with the implications of racism on the long-term care placement decisions for their loved ones of color. As Sarah Johnson, a geriatric registered nurse and the health ambassador for Family Assets, puts it, “Placing parents or older relatives... more

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What to look for to find the right fit with a home care provider

You’ve done your homework. You have a great referral for a private care provider who is qualified to meet your loved one’s needs. Or you have a close friend’s referral for a reputable home care agency, and you know that the agency will be able to meet your loved one’s needs... more

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What is an aging life care manager — and should you hire one?

Whether you’re an older adult or a concerned family caregiver, the decisions you need to make surrounding aging safely, comfortably and healthily can be overwhelming. What are the best housing options available? How can you create a health care proxy? Can you use life insurance to pay for long-term care? An aging life care manager... more

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What are Continuing Care Retirement Communities?

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are communities that offer various levels of housing and care, so the community changes with you as your needs change.  They typically offer individual homes or apartments, assisted living, and a nursing home all in one place. And residents can "move" within the community... more