Elder Care Planning: Tips and Resources

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Senior-Friendly Home Designs for Every Budget

When you hear about universal design and how it can make a home more accessible, you might immediately think that it is meant to help those who are elderly or have trouble with mobility. However, universal design is creating a space in which everyone from the smallest toddlers to the proudest great-grandparents can live in comfort and ease.

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Important Medical Forms that Every Senior Needs to Know

What if a sudden illness or accident left you incapacitated? What if you couldn’t make decisions for yourself? You don’t want vital choices about your quality of life in the hands of strangers. That’s why certain medical forms, such as a living will or a health care proxy, are so important.

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How to Make a Respite Care Plan

A respite care plan is designed to give caregivers a break for a limited period of time. It enables someone else to provide interim care so a primary caregiver can go on vacation, recover from sickness, or just recharge their batteries. It is a great way to temporarily distribute caregiving responsibilities to others so primary caregivers can take a break and the elderly parent or loved one is still assured their needs are covered. A respite care plan is an essential factor in preventing caregiver burnout.

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How To Effectively Advocate for An Aging Loved One

As a senior’s loved one, you may be looking for more ways to support them as they age. Becoming an advocate is a simple but important task. Advocates understand a senior’s needs (financial, emotional, physical), help them receive appropriate services and treatments, and ensure that their voices are heard by others. Senior advocates don’t need to be full-time caregivers.

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Ready to Retire? Check Out Our Checklist!

According to a Federal Reserve study, only around 45% of non-retired adults over the age of 60 believe their retirement planning is on track. Have you thought about retirement lately? It’s never too early to plan, and our financial checklist will help you prepare.

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Holiday Hosting Tips: The Best Ways to Prepare Your Home for Aging Parents

The holidays are an essential time to check in on aging loved ones. If they’re visiting your home for the holidays, you may need to prepare to keep them safe. There are simple changes you can make no matter your budget to reduce fall risk and injury.

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Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents

As your parents age, it is a good idea to start planning so that you know what their wishes are and how to take care of them if they can no longer take care of themselves. There are many family caregivers taking care of aging parents in the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, “There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States. Of that group, nine-in-ten are providing care for an aging relative.” (1) This topic can be challenging to talk to your parents about, but it is important to know what to do when the time comes. There are a variety of questions you should ask your aging parents regarding their health, legal matters, finances, and caregiving preferences.

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What You Should Consider Before Investing in Long-Term Care Insurance

Seniors are increasingly investing in long-term care insurance, known colloquially as LTCI. The popular financial option can benefit those living in assisted living facilities. However, LTCI also benefits seniors who choose to age in place. As we age, most people will come to need help with certain everyday activities. LTCI can provide seniors and their loved ones with essential care and desired peace of mind.

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Top Tips for Caring for Someone Who Resists Help

According to the AARP, “Nearly one in five [Americans] is providing unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs.” (1) Taking care of another human is not an easy task, especially when they resist your help. Fortunately, there are ways to make caring for an aging loved one easier. There are also various techniques you can use to deal with the stress that comes with a family member refusing or resisting assistance. The first step in improving the lives of both you and your loved one is to identify their opposition and the reason behind it.

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Understanding the Difference Between Professional and Family Care

Every senior has different needs when it comes to care. Determining what daily activities you need help with can help you determine what kind of caregiver you need. This blog will teach you the difference between different types of caregivers and help advise you on setting up a care plan.

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