Caregiving Basics

Caregiving Basics


  • Caregivers Journal
    Some tips for setting up a notebook to keep track of your caregiving situation.

  • Caregiving Guidelines 
    Whatever the specifics of your situation, there are some important basic guidlines to remember when you provide care for a loved one.
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The Caregiving Process

  • Caregiving Basics
    What is a caregiver? What does a caregiver do? Here are some things to think about as you begin your own caregiving process.

  • Chronic or Ongoing Care
    How can you improve the quality of care you provide? What changes (if any) need to be made? Here are some guidelines for evaluating your role in the ongoing care process.

  • End-of-Life Caregiving
    Here are some issues and approaches worth considering in an end-of-life caregiving situation.

  • Planning For Tomorrow
    Once you’ve addressed your loved one’s immediate needs, both you and the person you care for need to think about planning for the future.

  • The Caregiving Process
    Caregiving is a process that evolves over time. Understanding and anticipating changing situations will help you be a better caregiver.
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  • Accepting The Diagnosis
    If your loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, here are some strategies that may help you, your loved one, and other friends and family members adjust to the new situation.

  • Better Family Communications
    The better family members can communicate with each other, the better they can deal with hard times and difficult decisions.

  • Communications Skills
    Learning to communicate effectively with your loved one is a key to maintaining a good caregiving relationship.

  • Good Listening Skills
    Learning to communicate effectively with your loved one is often simply a matter of learning to listen. Here are eight tips that can help you be a better listener.

  • Talking To The Sight Or Hearing Impaired
    Suggestions that may help you and your loved one communicate more effectively.


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Decision Making

Private Care Managers

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Caregivers Handbook

This handy guide provides resources, checklists and worksheets
 - all in one place.