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Prepare to Care Resource Guides are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan for a loved one or friend. The guides include:

  • Information on how to have vital conversations
  • Ways to assess your loved one's needs
  • Tips for organizing important documents
  • A roundup of federal and national resources
  • Information on caring for yourself
  • Checklists, medication charts and contact lists

3 Ways to Get a Free Guide

1. Download by choosing a version from this page

2. Request a print copy using the yellow button below

3. Call AARP at 877-333-5885
Select option 1 and request the "Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families," item #D20152

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English Guide

For family caregivers

Spanish Guide

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Chinese Guide



Asian-American Guide

For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Military Guide

For veterans, service members and families

LGBT Guide

For caregivers in the LGBT community

More Resources for Caregivers

Find Local Caregiver Resources by State

A starting point to help you find the services and support you need in your state or community

Guides to Help Take the Stress Out of Family Caregiving

Easy to use guides to find support for different caregiving situations and medical conditions

Chat With Others Like You in AARP's Online Community

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