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.
Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving
Caregiving can bring challenges, especially when you live far away from an elderly loved one. These tips can help long-distance caregivers.
7 Tips for New Caregivers
Take the confusion out of caregiving for an elderly loved one. Start with these seven tips for new caregivers.
What Caregivers Should Know About Nursing Home Care
If you're a caregiver considering nursing home care for your loved one, here is information you need to know before starting your search.
Frequently Asked Questions About Advance Directives
WebMD answers basic questions about how a patient can control end-of-life decisions with advanced directives, living wills, and healthcare power of attorney.
How to Choose Long-Term Care
WebMD has tips on how to choose long-term care 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.
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.
What It's Like to Be a Caregiver
Taking care of a parent or spouse will change your life. It can be hard work and unpredictable, but it can also bring rewards and fulfillment.
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Senior Living Options
Independent living, assisted living, nursing home -- all the different types of senior housing or care can be confusing. Find out what they are and which one might be right for you or a loved one.
Everyday Tips for Caregivers
WebMD shows you some caregiving tips that will help simplify your loved one's daily life.
Slideshow: 14 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout
Pets, music, pill organizers, and webcams are some ways to make caregiving a little easier -- and avoid caregiver burnout.