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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



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Asian-American Guide

For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Military Guide

For veterans, service members and families

Prepare to Care

LGBT Guide

For caregivers in the LGBT community

More Resources for Caregivers

A Helping Hand for Those Caring for a Loved One

A four-page pamphlet that outlines the five steps every caregiver should take

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

How do you handle the role of caregiving? Get advice and tips from other caregivers

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