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.
Check Your Caregiving Finances
Do you have the financial ability to become a caregiver for a loved one? Take this WebMD quiz to get an idea of what your purse can handle.
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.
Starting Your Role As Caregiver
Are you becoming a caregiver for a parent or grandparent? This guide from WebMD can help you get started.
Alzheimer’s and Caregiving Plans for the Future
When a loved one is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, what sort of plans do you need to make for the future?
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.
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.
How to Choose Long-Term Care
WebMD has tips on how to choose long-term care for your loved one.
Healthy Eating: Meal Solutions
Provide tasty, healthy meals for your senior.
Success With Medications
Medication tips for caregivers.
Healthy Eating: Low Appetite
Learn the importance of nutrition for your senior.
Helping a Declining Mind
Learn to work with seniors with dementia.
Slideshows & Images
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.
Slideshow: 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.
Slideshow: Everyday Tips for Caregivers
WebMD shows you some caregiving tips that will help simplify your loved one's daily life.