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Eldercare at Home

From The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, a Home Care Book to help the family caregiver solve caregiving problems that arise in caring for your elderly loved one at home. For each of a long list of potential . . . → Read More: Eldercare at Home

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There’s No Place Like Home—For Growing Old: Tips from the National Institute on Aging

National Institute On Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 6 page PDF document, providing tips for the family caregiver on how to help your older relatives stay in their home. Includes information on: . . . → Read More: There’s No Place Like Home—For Growing Old: Tips from the National Institute on Aging

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Helpful hints: If Care is Needed at Home

From MetLife Mature Market Institute. Assess your family member’s needs, seek the advise of a professional if needed, selecting a care provider, make sure to check references, make sure the care provider is aware of any special care needs, . . . → Read More: Helpful hints: If Care is Needed at Home

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Hiring an Independent Caregiver

A 12 page booklet by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving, above, under Selecting a Home Health Agency or Private Duty Aide…. Read more…

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Hiring Home Care Help

From National Caregivers Library A checklist for hiring help on your own Tips for interviewing with the prospective home care worker A checklist for once you have hired a home care worker »View Info

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Caregiver University: Working Successfully with Home Care Services

by Family Caregiver Alliance. Tips for the family caregiver on how to work with, monitor and manage home health care services, once contracted. »View Info

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Five Tips For Choosing A Non-Medical, Personal Care Provider

July 17, 2008, From Franchising.com. Five key, common sense tips for selecting home health care-help. »View Info

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Background Checks for Live In Caregivers, by Lincoln Nguyen

It is always a good idea to get a background check on individuals you plan to hire to take care of your elderly family member. Services such as Lexis-Nexus and Intelius provide criminal background checks for a minimal fee. . . . → Read More: Background Checks for Live In Caregivers, by Lincoln Nguyen

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How to Obtain a Background Check on an Applicant for a Caregiving Position?

If the applicant consents in writing, you can retain an independent company to perform a background check. Several private companies are in the business of providing such background checks. Here is one: »View Info Please let HelpingYouCare.com know of . . . → Read More: How to Obtain a Background Check on an Applicant for a Caregiving Position?

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5 Things you can do to prevent infection

Brochure by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Helpful tips for the family caregiver to be aware of and implement. In summary, these include: (1) Clean your hands with soap and warm water, (2) make sure health . . . → Read More: 5 Things you can do to prevent infection

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Emerging Trends in Medical Device Technology: Home Is Where the Heart Monitor Is

By Carol Lewis, for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA Consumer magazine “Medical devices, products and technologies are converging to revolutionize home- and self-care health systems in the United States, making it possible for people to play a . . . → Read More: Emerging Trends in Medical Device Technology: Home Is Where the Heart Monitor Is

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Evaluating Physicians Who Offer House Calls: A Guide for Patients and Families

By: Eric Baron, MD From American Academy of Home Care Physicians How to protect yourself and your family. Some questions to ask. How to recognize high-quality house call medical groups. Physicians and Medical Groups specializing in house calls have . . . → Read More: Evaluating Physicians Who Offer House Calls: A Guide for Patients and Families

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Patient Safety

From Medline Plus (a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Tens of thousands of people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety Things you . . . → Read More: Patient Safety

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What is Adult Day Care?

From the Department of Health & Human Services (Eldercare Locator). Fact Sheet: What is adult day care? How do adult day care centers operate? Who can benefit from adult day care? What should I look for in an adult . . . → Read More: What is Adult Day Care?

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Older Consumers Safety Checklist

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Among adults 65 years and older, falls and fires are two leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths. For a checklist on preventing falls and fire deaths and injuries… »View Info (pdf)

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Adult Day Care Centers: A Guide to Options and Selecting the Best Center for Your Needs

by HelpGuide.org. If you are caring for your elderly loved one at home, an adult day care center may provide an important resource, both for the stimulation and well-being of your elder and for needed respite for you. This . . . → Read More: Adult Day Care Centers: A Guide to Options and Selecting the Best Center for Your Needs

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So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers

By the National Institute on Aging, U.S. National Institutes of Health. A 48 page PDF document, providing answers to 20 key questions for long-distance caregivers, such as: How will I know if help is needed? What can I really . . . → Read More: So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers

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Caring From a Distance

Service Directories Where to get help Web and Phone-Based Helplines Eldercare Locator Geriatric Care Managers From Caring From a Distance (CFAD.org) »View Info

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Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers

From Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving: »View Info

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Long Distance Caregiving

a 20 page booklet, part of the “Since You Care” series by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving. Helpful information for long-distance caregivers. »View Info

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How Will I Know Mom and Dad are Okay? Staying “IN TOUCH” in Crisis Situations

A 6 page brochure by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as re-published by the Senior Information and Assistance Service of Pierce County, Washington. This brochure outlines how families can stay in touch with . . . → Read More: How Will I Know Mom and Dad are Okay? Staying “IN TOUCH” in Crisis Situations

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The Joint Commission Selecting a Health Care Provider: Helping You Choose Quality Home Care and Hospice Services

by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which evaluates (by performance based standards) and accredits over 15,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S., including hospitals, home health care, hospice providers, nursing . . . → Read More: The Joint Commission Selecting a Health Care Provider: Helping You Choose Quality Home Care and Hospice Services

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Eldercare Locator Fact Sheet: What Is Home Health Care?

From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. An introduction to the Home Health Care Industry, what services are provided, when is home health care appropriate, and tips for the caregiver on how to make sure that home . . . → Read More: Eldercare Locator Fact Sheet: What Is Home Health Care?

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How Do I Select the Right Home Care Provider?

Consumer Information from the National Association For Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), a primary industry association for the home health care industry. Provides “a checklist of questions to ask [potential home health care] providers and other individuals who may . . . → Read More: How Do I Select the Right Home Care Provider?

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Quality Check® search engine provided by the Joint Commission

The Joint Commission also provides a Quality Check® service, which is a search engine where you can find the Joint Commission’s evaluation of the healthcare organization you are considering. Accredited facilities are designated by the “Gold Seal” of the . . . → Read More: Quality Check® search engine provided by the Joint Commission

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Frequently Asked Questions About Home Health Care

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan. Basic information about Home Health Care and the types of Home Health Care providers, including some questions you may want to ask a prospective home health care agency. »View Info

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Home care services: Questions to ask

From MayoClinic.com Questions to ask about an agency’s qualifications and about the quality of care it provides, such as: Are the caregivers bonded and insured? Questions about costs such as, Is the agency approved or accepted by your HMO . . . → Read More: Home care services: Questions to ask

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Medicare – Home Health Compare

Provided online by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for people with Medicare. This tool provides you with information on how well the home health agencies in your area care . . . → Read More: Medicare – Home Health Compare

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How Do I Hire a Home Care Employee?

From the National Family Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Determining the Type of Care You Need: Housekeepers or Chore Workers, A Homemaker, A Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Assistant, Or Nurses Aide General Eligibility . . . → Read More: How Do I Hire a Home Care Employee?

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Hiring an Independent Caregiver

a 12 page booklet by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving. An excellent discussion of how to go about finding and hiring your own independent caregiver to care for your elder at home. Includes issues to . . . → Read More: Hiring an Independent Caregiver

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A checklist for interviewing caregivers

by Marsha Seff, Union Tribune, July 26, 2008, from SignOnSanDiego.com. A checklist of questions to ask health care agencies, and a separate checklist of questions to ask independent caregivers, when interviewing to hire care-help at home. »View Info

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Questions You Should Ask Before You Decide on a Private Duty Caregiver

From The National Private Duty Association (NPDA), a trade association for private duty home health agencies and workers. When selecting a home care agency, here are some questions you should ask, research and consider. Also includes links to information . . . → Read More: Questions You Should Ask Before You Decide on a Private Duty Caregiver

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Who Provides Home Care?

From the National Association For Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), a primary industry association for the home health care industry. Provides a good introduction to the home health care industry and the types of services and resources available. Includes . . . → Read More: Who Provides Home Care?

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Caring for your Parents Home Care

A 10 page pamphlet from the NY State Office for the Aging website, produced in connection with pbs.org/caringforyourparents, and by the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Provides introductory information on topics, such as: What is . . . → Read More: Caring for your Parents Home Care

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Services to Help Seniors Stay at Home: Tips for locating and choosing home care service providers

From Helpguide.org. Good basic information on topics such as: What is home care? Types of services available for seniors living at home, and Costs of home care. Also contains links to additional resources, including how to find home health . . . → Read More: Services to Help Seniors Stay at Home: Tips for locating and choosing home care service providers

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Home Health Care in Florida

Consumer Awareness Brochure by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which is designated as the chief health policy and planning entity for the State [of Florida] and licenses and regulates health care facilities and health maintenance organizations . . . → Read More: Home Health Care in Florida

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Caregiver Classes

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Memory Center Dementia – What it is and What it isn’t; Stages and Symptoms of Dementing Diseases; Behavior Problems; Community Services for the Caregiver; Caring for the Caregiver Read More »»»

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