Aging Parents and Elder Care
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Providing care for our aging parents or elderly spouse can be very frustrating, with new surprises almost every day. Whether you provide eldercare for aging parents in your home, or manage elder care from a distance, most of us don't know where to go for reliable answers – or even what questions to ask. This senior care resource can help you with a variety of of articles, comprehensive checklists, links to key resources, a support group – and more.
12 tips – to help you find money (and free resources) for elder care at home
Assisted Living for your aging parents or elderly spouse – What is it? Is it the best solution for elder care?
Comprehensive Checklists – Have you missed something important in the care for your elderly loved one?
Daily Living Solutions – Practical and affordable products to help overcome limitations caused by arthritis and other challenges of aging, and to assist families who provide elderly care for their loved ones.
Elder Care 101 – First steps – What you need to know about aging and elder care
Elder Issues - Whether you are concerned about an aging parent or elderly spouse, their LifeLedger Online Services can give you the information and guidance you need, and the peace of mind you want. For details, click here.
Elderly Drivers – Should your elderly parents be driving?
Glossary of Terms – Easy-to-understand definitions of the specialized terms related to aging and eldercare.
Home Health Care – Discounts on a wide variety of products and supplies for the elderly.
Large Print Books – They can make reading enjoyable again for the elderly. Here's a wide selection of novels, humor, non-fiction and bibles. Many also have an audio CD and/or audio cassette version for people with limited vision.
Medicare Hospital Patients – What you need to know now – before your loved one is discharged.
Nursing Homes – Are they your only option for care?
Nursing Home Ratings – Find the best ones – and weed out the worst.
Pets and the Elderly – What happens when an elderly person can no longer properly care for their pet? Do they have to give it up? Or, are there resources to help them care for their pet?
Powered Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters – Does your elderly parent or spouse qualify for a powered wheelchair or mobility scooter at little or no cost?
Prescription Drugs Interactions and Side Effects – Help your loved one avoid problems.
Recommended Reading – Here are a few excellent books and videos that we highly recommend.
Replace Lost or Forgotten Documents – When a crisis hits and the responsibility of caring for a loved one descends upon you suddenly, you may need documents and other important papers that are lost or forgotten. Here's how you can replace them.
Support Group – Share your caregiving experiences – whether you're caring for aging parents or an elderly spouse.
Symptoms – of major health conditions affecting the elderly.
This Web site is based on our family's experiences. Three of our four parents lived into their mid-80s, becoming increasingly frail as they grew older. We have already worked through many of the same issues and concerns you may be facing, including long-distance caregiving. The Internet allows us to share what we've learned – to make it easier for you to find the reliable information you need – and to save you time and frustration.
We've also put together a group of very helpful Web sites that cover virtually all aspects of caregiving. You'll find a concise description and a direct link for each one. We've sorted them into 16 convenient categories on our page, Elder Care Resources.
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