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Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families was developed by AARP to help make the job more manageable. It includes information on how to have vital conversations with older family members, organize important documents, assess your loved one's needs and locate important resources. 

Whether you are taking parents to a doctor's appointment, helping them pay bills or providing full-time care for them in your home or from afar, you likely have questions about how to best fulfill your role as a family caregiver.

Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families provides simple, straightforward information and checklists that help guide family conversations. And it outlines what you need to do — in five simple, easy-to-understand steps — to take care of your loved one in the best possible way.

Step 1: Start the Conversation

Step 2: Form Your Team

Step 3: Make a Plan

Step 4: Find Support

Step 5: Care for Yourself

In addition, we complied the above guide into a bite-size two-page brochure titled, “A Helping Hand, For Those Caring for Loved Ones.” You can download this brochure in English or Spanish.

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