Preparation Articles

How can you best prepare to move your parents into a senior living community? What should be packed and moved? What should be sold? An organized, efficient transition to senior living requires careful planning. Remember that unexpected surprises can be greatly diminished or avoided with experienced advice!

When Hoarding Complicates a Care Transition

Dementia, grief, caregiver burnout, depression, limited mobility: these issues often lead to hoarding among seniors. Family members who have concerns about a parent, friend or relative’s hoard should take action as soon as possible, because when it is time to make a care transition (from home to assisted living, for example), the already overwhelming task of consolidating a house …Read more ›

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Teaching Caregivers in Senior Living and Beyond

Your school days may be far behind you, but if you are a caregiver — whether at home, in senior living, or elsewhere — education and ongoing training is essential.

Thousands of articles and expert opinions about caregiving emphasize the importance of “taking care of you” in order to be a better caregiver. One way of accomplishing this goal (while also fulfilling the …Read more ›

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How to Write Advance Directives: Easy Sources

A study on advance directives has been making news lately. It found that these documents, such as living wills, do usually affect how people are cared for at the end of life.

But they only work, of course, if you have them. Do you know if your parents do? If they don’t, you can help them fill them out, and it may be easier than you think.

Advance directives may sound …Read more ›

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Could Not Having Your Wishes Carried Out Be Worse than Death?

Living Wills –

While the death and mourning of a loved one is difficult for any family, what’s worse is if your loved one does not communicate in written or oral ways how to carry out their wishes when they die. Elder law attorneys say most people know that such documents exist and just haven’t completed them.

“Advance health care directives include 1) documents that provide instructions concerning health care wishes (often called “living wills”); and …Read more ›

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