'Kitchen Table' Series: News You Can Use When Researching Elder Care

Below are some resources you can use when navigating your elder care options.


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First Steps for a First-Time Caregiver: If you're a first-time caregiver, you may feel overwhelmed by the first steps — knowing where to begin. Here is a step-by-step list of the actions you will need to take.


Eldercare Locator: The U.S. Administration on Aging can help you find resources for elder adults anywhere in the country.

Adult Day Care: Guide to Selecting the Best Day Care for Adults Are adult day care centers an option for your aging relative? Here is an introduction to adult day care, including various options, costs and descriptions of the services you should expect.

Residential Care: Twenty Practical Tips for Finding the Best Residential Care for Your Relative: What are your options for elder care? Are all care facilities licensed? What should you be looking for when you visit a possible facility? Here are 20 practical tips for your search for the best residential care.

Checklist: A Guide to Assisted Living Facilities: Here is an easy checklist of questions you should be asking at each step of the transition from living in a home to an assisted living facility.

A Consumer's Guide to Elder Care: The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living provide free brochures, a "Guide to Nursing Facilities" and "Guide to Assisted Living."

Free Referrals to Your Local, Pre-screened Providers of Elder Care: Fill out an ElderCarelink needs survey and receive a personalized list of pre-screened, local providers whose services meet your specified needs.

Elder Care Cost Calculator: What are the various costs associated with elder care? This cost sheet will help you plan ahead.

How to Keep Your Job While Caring for an Elder: This how-to article provides tips on how you can balance your career and manage your professional relationships while caring for an older relative.