Taking Good Care

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AARP offers information for caregivers at their site, http://www.aarp.org/caregiversthat has information, online community and resources for those caring for a loved one. Included on the site is:

•    The Take Care Blog(The latest news and information on caregiving)
•    Ask the Experts(User-generated questions answered by health and other experts)
•    Support Groups and Message Boards
•    Medicare Interactive Tool (Find out what benefits your loved one may be entitled to from Medicare plans.)
•    Telephone Support – AARP has a caregivers hotline available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at 1-877-333-5885
Caregivers can also take advantage of AARP’s free guide “Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families.” It gives caregivers practical, easy to understand information about how to navigate the myriad challenges of caregiving. It also breaks down the simple steps a caregiver needs to take when it’s time to step in to assist a loved one:

Step 1: Start the Conversation
Step 2: Form Your Team
Step 3: Make a Plan
Step 4: Find Support
Step 5: Care for Yourself

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