You’ll want to find the best care and housing for your loved ones – whether you’re looking for ways to keep them safe at home or trying to choose the right level of care in facilities. The good news is there are many options available.
AARP's Caregiving Question and Answer Tool guides you to understanding and choosing the right solution for your parents or loved ones.
A: Continuing care retirement communities are part independent living, part assisted living and part skilled nursing home, offering a tiered approach to the aging process. — Read full answer.
A: For occasional trips, consider asking friends and family to volunteer. Depending on your loved one’s health and locale, public transportation can be a viable option. — Read full answer.
A: Ask family members, friends from the neighborhood, faith groups, etc. who may be able to offer help. Consider forming a network or respite co-op with other caregiving families. — Read full answer.
A: Make a list of any questions about issues you’d like to discuss well in advance of your visit. Don’t be shy or embarrassed to discuss anything with your doctor. — Read full answer.
A: Various home care agencies can help connect you with skilled, in-home care professionals whose costs Medicare and other insurers may cover. — Read full answer.
A: Find out if the job candidates have any special training, such as working with clients who have dementia or other conditions. — Read full answer.
A: Look closely at your loved one’s mental, physical, environmental and financial conditions. Families can conduct assessments or hire an experienced professional. — Read full answer.
A: There are resources available to help with the practical aspects of vision loss, as well as to cope with the emotional and psychological reactions. — Read full answer.
A: There are a variety of organizations and online resources that offer training, workshops and education for family caregivers interested in strengthening their caregiving skills. — Read full answer.
A: Eldercare.gov's 'Eldercare Locator' tool provides area-specific recommendations for services including home care, meal plans and transportation options. — Read full answer.
A: A variety of benefits exist for veterans, their family caregivers and survivors, but eligibility requirements vary significantly. — Read full answer.
A: Yes. There is technology available via web and mobile devices that help caregivers organize tasks for their loved ones and themselves. — Read full answer.