For the Caregiver

    Assistive Equipment for the Home
    Assistive equipment includes shower seats and bathtub mats; walkers, canes, and wheelchairs; and telephones for the hearing-impaired.


    Being a Caregiver
    "Formal" caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. "Informal" caregivers, also called family caregivers, are people who provide care to family or friends, usually without payment.


    Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves
    More than 22 million Americans are involved in some form of helping elderly family members or friends with their daily routines. If you're part of this group, whether you call yourself a caregiver, or simply a good daughter or son, you know that caring for an aging parent or friend has its rewards and its trials.


    Elder Care
    Elder care encompasses a wide variety of issues, including choosing an appropriate doctor to care for an aging patient, and making decisions about moving an elderly adult from the home environment to a residential care setting.


    Getting the Most from a Mental Health Support Group
    Mental health support groups offer support, understanding, and helpful information to people struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.


    Health Newcomer: The Patient Advocate
    Patient advocates fulfill many roles, even, in some cases, staying with hospitalized patients around the clock to help guard against medical errors.


    How to Plan for Long-Term Care
    Most older people are independent. But later in life, you or someone you love may need help with everyday activities, such as shopping, cooking and bathing.


    Making the Home Environment Safe
    Here are some suggestions: Make sure lighting in hallways and on stairs is adequate. Secure area rugs to prevent falls and slips. Outdoors, make certain railings, gates, and fences are secure and in good repair.


    Planning the Care of Your Aging Parents
    Many children of aging parents wait until there's a crisis, and then they're left scrambling for mediocre options.


    Understanding Long-Term Care
    When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care.