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  1. Avoiding Infections in the Hospital - Topic Overview

    Hospitals are full of sick people, so they have a lot of germs. And although health care workers do their best to kill germs and protect patients, they can't always prevent infections. Hospital infections can be very serious, especially if you're already weak from whatever illness or problem put you in the hospital in the first place. An infection can add weeks to your hospital stay.So it's important to learn the steps you need to take to keep yourself as healthy as possible during your hospital stay.Wash your handsThis is one of the most important things you can do to prevent infection while you're in the hospital. Make sure to wash your hands:After returning to your room from other parts of the hospital.After shaking hands or otherwise touching visitors or members of your health care team.Before and after you eat.After using the bathroom.After using the phone or the TV remote control in your room or touching anything else in the room, like your window curtains.Anytime you

  2. National Caregiving Organizations

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

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. Caregiving Assessment

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Caregiver Burnout

    Learn to recognize caregiver burnout.

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