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  • Assistive Equipment for the Home

    Assistive equipment is any kind of tool or device that can help simplify caregiving or make the environment safer for an ill, disabled, or elderly person.

  • 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 includes many different issues. These range from choosing the right provider for an older adult, to making decisions about moving an older adult to a residential care setting. Here's what you need to know.

  • 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

    Home safety is important when you're caring for an ill, aging, or disabled person. Use this helpful checklist as a guide.

  • 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.

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