- Assistive Equipment for the Home
Assistive equipment is any kind of tool or device that can help simplify caregiving or make the environment safer for an ill, disabled, or elderly person.
- Being a Caregiver
"Formal" caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. "Informal" caregivers, also called family caregivers, are people who provide care to family or friends, usually without payment.
- Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves
More than 22 million Americans are involved in some form of helping elderly family members or friends with their daily routines. If you're part of this group, whether you call yourself a caregiver, or simply a good daughter or son, you know that caring for an aging parent or friend has its rewards and its trials.
- Caring for an Ill Loved One
Caring for anyone is difficult, even in the best of circumstances. Here are tips to help make the task easier.
- Caring for the Caregiver
Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be adult children, spouses, siblings, friends or neighbors, who help with daily activities such as bathing, feeding and clothing.
- Elder Care
Elder care includes many different issues. These range from choosing the right provider for an older adult, to making decisions about moving an older adult to a residential care setting. Here's what you need to know.
- Health Newcomer: The Patient Advocate
Patient advocates fulfill many roles, even, in some cases, staying with hospitalized patients around the clock to help guard against medical errors.
- How to Plan for Long-Term Care
Most older people are independent. But later in life, you or someone you love may need help with everyday activities, such as shopping, cooking and bathing.
- In Support Groups, You Get (and Give) Help
In a mutual support group, people just like you face similar ordeals and challenges.
- Making the Home Environment Safe
Home safety is important when you're caring for an ill, aging, or disabled person.
Use this helpful checklist as a guide.
- Planning the Care of Your Aging Parents
Many children of aging parents wait until there's a crisis, and then they're left scrambling for mediocre options.
- Senior Centers: A Range of Opportunities
Senior centers enrich the lives of older adults with a range of opportunities for socialization, learning, travel, volunteerism, and physical and mental challenges.
- Understanding Long-Term Care
When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care.