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  1. Preventing Falls in the Hospital - Topic Overview

    During a hospital stay, you may have a higher-than-normal risk of falling. You might get medicines that make you dizzy and more likely to fall. You may get weak and confused because of illness, surgery, or treatments, and you may have a hard time getting out of bed. And things like crutches, bandages, or being connected to intravenous tubing can affect how well you can walk.If you and your family know that you have a risk of falling, you can plan ahead. Talk to doctors and nurses about helping you avoid falls. Ask your doctor if working with a physical or occupational therapist would help you prevent a fall. Don't be afraid to ask for help, even with minor things. If you or a family member or friend sees a safety hazard, make sure to point it out to the hospital staff.How can you help prevent a fall?When you go to the hospital, bring nonskid socks, slippers, or shoes that stay securely on your feet. If you don't have these, ask the nurse for a pair of nonskid socks. If you use a

  2. What Caregivers Need to Know About Assisted Living

    If you're a caregiver helping a loved one find an assisted living facility, here are some things you should know before starting your search.

  3. Legal Issues of Caregiving

    Being a caregiver also involves making legal preparations for your loved one's future. WebMD helps you understand some of the legal issues and how to plan for them.

  4. 7 Tips for New Caregivers

    Take the confusion out of caregiving for an elderly loved one. Start with these seven tips for new caregivers.

  5. Financial Planning for Caregivers

    Long-term care can be financially draining. WebMD gives guidelines for how caregivers can make a financial plan for their elderly loved one.

  6. Caregiving While Taking Care of Yourself

    Make yourself a priority, because one of the best ways to care for your elderly loved one is to care for yourself and avoid caregiver burnout.

  7. National Caregiving Organizations

    Caregiving can bring challenges, as well as rewards. Here is a list of resources for information and support.

  8. Caregiving Assessment

    This assessment can help caregivers evaluate the situation for them and their elderly loved one.

  9. Choosing Long-Term Care

    Here's an article about how to find a long-term care provider -- from community services like transportation for the elderly to full-time nursing home care.

  10. Caregiving Support Assessment

    Caregivers need support. Evaluate the availability of resrouces for you and your elderly loved one with this assessment.

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