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    5 Resources Caregivers Can Share with Families of Aging Seniors

    Posted by Cathy Nichols January 18, 2018

    Caregiver-Resources-Aging-Seniors.pngAs a caregiver, it’s likely your work varies with different sets of duties.

    From assisting with personal care and supervision to serving as an advocate for patients and their families, your job is challenging and rewarding— all in one.

    So whether you’ve just begun your caregiving journey or you’re a seasoned professional, we want to help make your day-to-day tasks a little easier. 

    Below, we outline five resources caregivers can share with aging seniors and their families, ranging from support services and educational programs to eldercare guides and factsheets.

    1. National Institute on Aging  

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) answers questions like “what to do after someone dies?,” so caregivers can articulate to families appropriate next steps following a death.

    Packed with educational videos, checklists and more, caregivers can share with families the difference between palliative care and hospice care, or read about dyspnea and other symptoms people experience in the last days of life. 

    For more information, visit NIA’s website for resources to help patients and families with end-of-life care decisions.

    2. American Association of Retired Persons

    The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has a webpage dedicated entirely to family caregiving. Caregivers can turn to various AARP resources to help families of aging seniors answer questions surrounding the following subjects like:

    That way, caregivers are able to give families peace of mind as they say their final goodbyes.

    3. Family Caregiver Alliance  

    If a patient is experiencing health conditions related to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, Family Caregiver Alliance can help caregivers map out end-of-life care with families of aging seniors.

    With various fact and tip sheets, caregivers can rely on Family Caregiver Alliance to help initiate conversations about medical assistance in the event a patient’s illness advances. For example, if a patient stops breathing, the family can decide whether or not to administer CPR. This helps caregivers and loved ones of aging seniors get on the same page in terms of end-of-life choices.


    If families of aging seniors have questions about senior housing and eldercare, caregivers can reference

    From rehabilitation centers to nursing homes, caregivers can help families find the appropriate care for their loved one, and learn about elder care services in the area. Additionally, has a resource library caregivers can use to guide patients and their families on funeral preplanning, veterans benefits and more.

    5. Everplans

    A recent study finds roughly one third of U.S. adults have legal documents in place to guide the end-of-life care they receive. 

    Everplans understands the importance of personal planning, especially when it comes to aging. With a variety of resources and guides, caregivers can help families of aging seniors get organized before and after a death occurs. That way, patients can be involved in the process and express final wishes about future care and decisions.

    Get Access to Even More Caregiver Resources 

    To help caregivers provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and comfort, we invite you to download, Busch’s Essential Guide to Meaningful Conversation. Packed with 25+ conversation-starters, this guide will help you discuss some of life’s most important questions with patients, including how do you want to be remembered?

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    Topics: Caregiver Support


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