Caregiving is a complex and rewarding role that can take on many shapes and forms. Elderly caregivers could be healthcare professionals, like nurses, or family members looking after a loved one on a more informal basis.
Whatever caregiving looks like for you, the level of responsibility the caregiver shoulders means that it is important to become as informed as possible. Research can be time-consuming, which is why we have created a series of articles covering the essential aspects of caregiving.
Discover the articles below.
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Elderly care isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to the difficulties posed by aging. Different people will require different types of care depending on their wants and needs, as well as their health.
Discover the six main types of professional elderly care available, as well as some of the different types of facilities that provide each type of care.
Researchers and healthcare professionals generally refer to three ‘levels’ of care that will be facilitated depending on the health and cognitive state of the person receiving it—early, moderate/middle, and late/progressed.
Get to grips with what these three stages mean, and find out about the kinds of skilled care generally associated with each level. You’ll also find our guide to establishing an action plan for caregiving in the article.
Although the specifics of caregiving will differ depending on, among other things, medical diagnoses, there are certain things that are almost universally required to facilitate the best care possible.
Unsure of what’s needed? Check out the 20 essential elderly care supplies, from shower chairs to wet wipes, that every new caregiver should consider buying.
Professional caregiving, whether that’s a live-in helper, part-time nurse, or a nursing home with round-the-clock carers, can be eye-wateringly expensive. That’s why many people become de-facto caregivers for their parents when they reach old age.
It’s a noble task, and one that can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s also pretty daunting. Take a look at these 9 effective elderly care tips to find out how you can best approach the role and help the people you love most.
Dementia is a diagnosis many elderly people come to terms with every day. It can be an extremely difficult time not just for the person being diagnosed, but for everyone around them; especially friends and family who will then, naturally, look to arrange the best care possible for their loved ones.
In this guide, find out what you need to know about elderly care for a person diagnosed with dementia, including what the seven stages are, the different types of care available, and invaluable information about how to pay for treatment in the US.
The costs of caregiving are often shrouded in total mystery. Browsing sites of care homes might fail to reveal anything about how much it costs, instead vaguely prompting prospective visitors to arrange an appointment—pretty time consuming, right?
Avoid surprises by learning what the average costs associated with elderly caregiving are, including nurses, surveillance, and groceries.
Surveillance is a helpful and sometimes completely necessary aspect of effective caregiving, particularly for those with dementia. Even for those that retain capacity, it can be a helpful way for family members to check in while preserving the independence of the person being cared for.
Find out how surveillance can be beneficial in monitoring the elderly, as well as the essential features to look out for.