Caregiving Topics

I am worried about my loved one living on his/her own.

INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPC / /IMPORTANT INFORMATION Many, if not most, older adults, wish to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Even when staying at home does not seem ideal, often the thought of moving somewhere new, making new friends, finding new places to shop or worship, can be stressful at any age. It is often possible for an older adult to remain in his/her home even as he or she may become more frail. Many types of services are available to provide the support an older adult requires to continue to live at hom This topic…

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I want to explore options when living at home no longer seems the best choice for my loved one.

INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC / IMPORTANT INFORMATION This tool is intended to help you understand your and your loved one's needs and preferences as you consider available residential options and which might be the best option for you both. Most older adults wish to remain in their own home as long as possible.  Even when staying at home does not seem ideal, the thought of moving somewhere new, making new friends, finding new places to shop or worship, is emotionally difficult for everyone involved. The Situation Review will help you look at some of the benefits and/or challenges that your loved…

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I am considering whether I should live with my loved one in order to provide in-home care.

INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC / IMPORTANT INFORMATION Having a loved one who has care needs move into your home or moving yourself into your loved one’s home brings tremendous changes for you both.  Although there may be many rewards in being an in-home caregiver for a loved one, it may also create significant additional stresses. The Situation Review included with this topic presents statements that may help you think about whether being an in-home caregiver would work for you and your loved one. Of course your loved one needs to consider whether the option of sharing a home will work…

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I believe my loved one needs someone to make decisions for her/him.

IMPORTANT: CARIE does not provide legal advice. If you believe you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.  At the end of this Situation Review are resources for finding an attorney if you need one. INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC / IMPORTANT INFORMATION As they age, some adults may have difficulty understanding and making decisions about their finances, health care, living arrangements or other matters. It is very important to remember that not all adults lose this ability and even a loved one who is not able to make some kinds of decisions may still be able to make other decisions…

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I am concerned about whether I will be able to care for my loved one as he or she approaches the end of life.

INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC / IMPORTANT INFORMATION Even if you have been a caregiver for some time, providing end of life care for a loved one may raise doubts or fears about what to expect and whether you will be able to manage your loved one's needs.  Caregiving for a loved one at the end of life often brings with it new responsibilities and unfamiliar tasks. While providiing end of life care for a loved one can be emotionally and physically challenging it also can be a very meaningful and gratifying experience. And while many people would choose to die…

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How can I manage being a long distance caregiver?

INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC / IMPORTANT INFORMATION Distance from an older loved one who may need help or support adds an additional layer of concern for the caregiver, who must try to determine how their loved one is doing through telephone conversations and information from others who are "on the scene." As a long distance caregiver, there are steps you can take that will help you feel more comfortable about your role. It may also be helpful to you to explore other topics within The Elder's Advocate, including "I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY LOVED ONE LIVING ON HIS/HER OWN" and 'I…

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