Connect with Other Caregivers
Millions of other Americans are providing care for loved ones, but it’s easy to feel totally alone. Don’t be isolated by caregiving. Reach out and connect with a caregiving support group, virtually or in a brick-and-mortar building (or both). Head to Caregiver.com or Caregiving.com to find support groups in your state and online.
Research Care Options—and How to Pay for Them
Your mother might be able to come home after a short hospital stay, or she may need short-term care in a rehab facility, or physical/occupational therapy services at home. No matter what the doctor recommends or your family decides, caregivers should know their options (and what each costs), even if it’s only for future reference. Explore care options at right; read about payment options here.
If you haven’t been asked for them already, you’ll need to locate several important legal and financial documents for your senior loved one, like birth certificates, marriage licenses, Social Security cards, and more. It’s worth taking time to organize (and photocopy) these documents, giving copies to trusted family members, as you’ll probably need to refer to them often throughout the caregiving experience.