Caring for the Elderly

Caring for the Elderly

Administration on Aging
(Department of Health & Human Services)
This site has lots of information for seniors, their families and caregivers. Select Elders and Families on the menu bar across the top. You can find information on topics like diseases, housing, nutrition, money, finding help, services, and much more. Information is available in non-English languages: german, french, spanish, italian, portuguese, and others.
https://aoa.acl.gov/
Assisted Living
(MEDLINEplus)
Links to sites which have been reviewed by librarians at the National Library of Medicine.
https://medlineplus.gov/assistedliving.html
Because We Care. A Guide for People Who Care
(National Family Caregiver Support Program. Administration on Aging)
"An online resource guide for the growing number of Americans who are caring for an older family member, adult child with disabilities, or older friend. This Guide provides information and a range of suggestions to make caregiving easier and more successful--whether you are the caregiver or the person who ensures that your family member or friend receives the best possible care from others. Since this Guide contains many links to outside references, the online html version is recommended; for better printing, a PDF version is available also."
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/ALTSA/hcs/documents/BecauseWeCa
re.pdf
Caregiving Across the States
(Family Caregiver Alliance)
Provides background information related to caregiving for each state, including South Carolina. There is also information on publicly-funded caregiver support programs.
https://www.caregiver.org/caregiving-across-states-50-state-profiles-2014
Family Caregiver Alliance
This site is a great place to learn about the issues, health conditions, and needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. You will find useful information about many health conditions like ALS, Alzheimer's, dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and others. There are tips and advice for caregivers, fact sheets about end of life and legal issues and other topics. Some fact sheets are available in Spanish or Chinese.
https://caregiver.org
Long-Term Health Care Planning
(University of Minnesota Extension)
Provides information on how to finance long-term care. Sections include information on how to create your own plan, knowing your financial options and a self-survey on financing long-term care.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/business/farm-transfer-estate-plan
ning/docs/estate-planning-series9-long-term-health-care-planning.docx.pdf
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Long-term care
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Describes research into the factors that affect the delivery and quality of long-term care services. Includes statistics about the scope of the problem, impact of research, and current projects.
https://www.ahrq.gov/topics/topic-longterm-care.html
National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
(Department of Health and Human Services)
This federal government Website provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care. Has sections on how to understand, plan and pay for long-term care. Tools are available to help you plan, as well as calculate cost and find services in your area.
https://longtermcare.acl.gov/
Caregiver Action Network
The CAN works to support the "more than 50 million Americans who care for chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved ones." Select Resources , then explore the links. There are tips on caretaking skills, communicating with health professionals, managing medications, and much more. If you are a caretaker, you will find lots of useful information on this site. Some documents are in .pdf format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
http://www.caregiveraction.org/
Nursing Homes
(MEDLINEplus)
Links to sites which have been reviewed by librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Topics include General/Overviews, Coping, Research, Specific Conditions/Aspects, Directories, Law and Policy, Organizations, Statistics, and more. Read about planning for long-term care, selecting a nursing home, tips on visiting friends and relatives in a nursing home, and more. Select espanol from the menu bar for Spanish links.
https://medlineplus.gov/nursinghomes.html
Nutrition for Seniors
(MEDLINEplus)
Links to sites which have been reviewed by librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Topics include News, General/Overviews, Prevention/Screening, Research, Specific Conditions/Aspects, Directories, Law and Policy, Organizations, and more. Learn how to eat well and safely as a senior. Select espanol from the menu bar for Spanish links.
https://medlineplus.gov/nutritionforseniors.html
Pressure Sores
(MEDLINEplus)
Links to sites which have been reviewed by librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Topics include General/Overviews, Clinical Trials, Prevention/Screening, Directories, Organizations, and more. Select espanol from the menu bar for Spanish links.
https://medlineplus.gov/pressuresores.html
Preventing Pressure Ulcers: A Patient's Guide
(National Library of Medicine)
"This booklet describes where pressure ulcers form and how to tell if you are at risk of getting a pressure ulcer. It also lists steps to take to prevent them or keep them from getting worse, and suggests how to work effectively with your health care team."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK63859/
Treating Pressure Sores (Consumer Guide Number 15)
(National Library of Medicine)
A consumer version of Clinical Practice Guideline # 15, which instructs caregivers in the accepted standard of care. Click on the links along the left side to read through the article.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK63859/
What are pressure ulcers?
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
A short, easy-to-read description of pressure sores, also called bed sores. Includes a drawing.
https://archive.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/prevention/understanding/bodysy
s/edbody6.html

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