In-home care

Helping my dad age in place at the end of life was the best way to honor his wishes and spirit

By Lisa B. Samalonis “Don't ever put me in a nursing home, Lee,” my father said one Saturday afternoon as we finished bagging up the fresh grass after mowing the backyard lawn. “Oh, OK, Dad,” I said with a chuckle and an eye roll. He had taken... more

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Cost of home care vs. nursing homes: What you need to know

When it comes to caring for an older loved one, families must often prepare to make major financial decisions. One of the most significant choices will be whether a senior receives care at home or in a skilled nursing facility when they have higher needs, such as Alzheimer’s care. Both... more

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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

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In-home care: What are your options?

Joel J., of Berkeley, California, started thinking about home care for his mother-in-law after she totaled her car five years ago. “We knew she had been declining, but that was the wake-up call that she needed more help,” he says. This is a common scenario, says Dr. Nicole Rochester... more

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4 common in-home senior care challenges and how to overcome them

It can sometimes be hard for someone to accept that they need extra help at home. Wanting to stay independent or feeling nervous about having someone they don’t know caring for them are common concerns for aging adults and their families. Here’s how to overcome these and other in-home care challenges... more