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Providing elder care to your parents, spouse and friend is a difficult challenge when you are
faced with the daily responsibilities. You're dealing with a sick or injured parent that may need
hospitalization, rehab or nursing home care. Before starting any type of elder care, you will
need to gather information about your loved one. Make a list of their medical providers, health
insurance information, dentist, pharmacy information, list of prescription drugs and dosage
instructions. You will need access to their health insurance and prescription cards. Keep a diary
of recent medical treatments, hospitalizations, tests, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, etc. Write down
their vital information, medical history, next of kin information and any allergy information. This
will be necessary each time they are hospitalized or need medical care.

As a caregiver you will need to determine what type of long-term care is needed. Will you be
dealing with an elderly person with Alzheimer's disease or a bedridden person that need 24
hour elder care? Are you the only caregiver or do you need a nursing agency for assistance?
Some people can get help from other family members or church members. You may need to
search for the right type of elder care for your loved one. Do a full investigation on their health
insurance coverage. What kind of health insurance coverage or Medicare benefits is available?
Do they cover long-term care? Is there any medical coverage through a pension plan?

If you need in-home care elder care, a nursing agency will do an evaluation and go over the
types of elder care they can provide. If you are a working individual with an aging parent,
consider using adult day care facility for elder care. If you need to vacation, or travel on
business respite care will keep your loved one for a few days. Other in-home care elder care
you need to consider is companion services, home healthcare, hospice care, live-in home care,
daily meal preparation, personal care, rehabilitation, transportation, private duty nursing and
visiting physician care. In most cases, you will need to find out what Medicare will cover, prior to
making in-home elder care decisions. If in-home care is not possible, you will need to look into a
nursing home.

There are many elder care networks that include assisted living facilities, continuing elder care
retirement communities, hospice facilities, independent elder care communities, nursing homes
and skilled nursing facilities for aging people. The health of the elderly person will determine
the appropriate place for care. Make sure you schedule an appointment to visit a facility and
gather information about their services. You need your loved one's financial information and an
appraisal of how their home. This information will be needed prior to filling out an application for
admission.

You will need to gather important documents or prepare a will, living will, durable power of
attorney for finances and health care. Don't be afraid to seek legal help if these documents are
not available. Elder care is a very important life task, it does not hurt to be prepared. If you want
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