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Caregiving Articles of Interest:

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Caregiving- Families Don't Always Play Fair

How The Sandwich Generation Can Help Their Parents Create a Legacy of Meaning  

Five Things You Must Do When Traveling With Older Parents   

Senior Parents Living Alone   

The Life Cycle - Taking Care of Your Parents   

Home Care Training Increases Effectiveness of Caregivers   

Avoid Identity Theft from Obituaries   

Photo ID Cards and Home Health Care Workers    

The Four Essential Components to an Effective Senior Fitness Program

Taking the Keys From Mom and Dad: Top 11 Tips for Living Without a Car   

When Parent Child Roles Reverse   

The Ten Steps to Happiness After 40   

Safe Medication and Aging-6 Challenges to Overcome Medication Errors

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Senior Care Services: Where can we get help?

When you are in need of senior care services you may quickly find that they are scattered and uncoordinated.  You may actually need to talk to several people or agencies before you get the full picture of what senior care services may be available.  To learn about the senior care services in your parentís community, some of the people and organizations you may consider contacting may include: 

Senior Care services: Your local Area Agency on Aging. You should begin your search for senior care services with your local Area Agency on Aging.  They can usually direct you to services, and in some cases, even let you talk to case managers about the specific needs of your parent or loved one.  Some actually offer legal, financial, and even family counseling.  

You may find this resource by calling the Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov ).  Many agencies have their own web sites. 

Local senior centers. Some senior centers offer senior care services directly while others sponsor senior advocates who counsel residents about local community services.  Frequently, senior centers offer workshops, lectures, and support groups for caregivers as well as for the individuals requiring services. 

Senior Care Centers: Discharge planners and care managers. Most hospitals employ social workers or care managers who arrange housing, homecare and community services for patients who are leaving a hospital.  It is always best however to contact these care managers or social workers while your loved one or parent is still in the hospital.  Also, some discharge planners may also offer some guidance even if your parent is not a current hospital patient.  You may also ask your parentís doctor if he/she is aware of any senior service care managers or you may even call the hospital directly. 

Employers.
You may check at your workplace or the workplace of your parent and see if they have an Employee Assistance Program.  Many of these programs provide referrals, information, and also counseling to people who are caring for elderly person.  Some of these programs even offer referrals nationwide, which may be very helpful if you live in another part of the country separate from your parent or loved ones. 

Local organizations. The United Way, Lions Club, Jewish Family Services, and other community groups frequently offer services or directly fund senior care services of various types for the elderly and may be a good source for referrals.  

Senior Care Services: Churches and synagogues.  Pastors and church officials frequently have some knowledge of programs and senior care services available in their area.

Information from How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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