Caregiving and Elder Care Directory
Some people are thrust into the role of caregiver abruptly, such as when a loved one has a sudden illness. More often, caregiving is a gradual process that requires preparation. Key to successful caregiving for an older parent or relative is support; experts suggest that caregivers seek out resources such as a local Area Agency on Aging to identify and help resolve problems, and connecting with other caregivers. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about caregiving and elder care, how to manage as a caregiver, questions to ask as a caregiver, resources and tips for caregivers, services available for caregivers, and much more.
Pain (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]-About This PDQ Summary
Older patients are at risk for under-treatment of pain because their sensitivity to pain may be underestimated, they may be expected to tolerate pain well, and misconceptions may exist about their ability to benefit from opioids. Issues in assessing and treating cancer pain in older patients include the following: Multiple chronic diseases and sources of pain: Age and complicated medication regimens put older patients at increased risk for interactions between drugs and between drugs and the chronic diseases.Visual, hearing, movement, and thinking impairments may require simpler tests and more frequent monitoring to determine the extent of pain in the older patient.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) side effects, such as stomach and kidney toxicity, thinking problems, constipation, and headaches, are more likely to occur in older patients.Opioid effectiveness: Older patients may be more sensitive to the pain-relieving and central nervous system effects of opioids resulting in
Crisis Assistance Resource Links and Phone Numbers
A list of crisis resources, hotlines, and web sites that may be of help if you or someone you know may be in trouble.
Legal Issues of Caregiving
WebMD explains legal issues around caregiving, including living wills and guardianship.
Is It Caregiver Stress or Depression?
WebMD looks at the warning signs of depression in caregivers.
What You Need to Know About Nursing Homes
Learn what nursing home care does and how you can choose the facility that's right for your loved one.
How to Choose Assisted Living for Your Loved One
Here's what to look for when you're choosing an assisted living residence for your friend or relative.
7 Tips for New Caregivers
Get tips for new caregivers, including legal and financial issues and how to find out about community resources.
7 Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving
Learn how you can make sure your elderly or sick loved one gets the care he needs even if you live far away.
Learn the value and importance of hygiene for seniors.
Success With Medications
Medication tips for caregivers.
Healthy Eating: Meal Solutions
Provide tasty, healthy meals for your senior.
Healthy Eating: Low Appetite
Learn the importance of nutrition for your senior.