Aging parents’ need for help generally happens slowly, over time. However, an unanticipated need, such as a fall or stroke, could transpire suddenly. Often, those circumstances require physical or occupational therapy, or even full-time assistance. When a shift in care is needed, whether it’s long- or short-term, there are many resources to seek out for help. Below are some useful sites that will get you started as you begin to research finding proper care for an aging adult.
AARP’s online Caregiving Resource Center is a great starting point for finding help for your loved one. There are articles and videos offering the latest information on caregiving and caregiver support. There’s an easy-to-use cost calculator that estimates senior care costs based on different care options, such as independent and assisted living, memory care communities, as well as home health providers and continuing care communities, like Edgeworth Park.
The AARP Caregivers Online Community is a way for those taking care of an aging adult to share experiences, ask questions and discuss needs. This page also includes relevant topics of note to keep seniors and their caregivers well informed.
LeadingAge, whose mission is to be the trusted voice for aging in America, is another great resource. Its Consumer Hub offers information and support to help make the most of the aging experience, including a directory of not-for-profit organizations committed to meeting the needs and changing preferences of adults as they age.
Daily informational postings that cover the news of the day as it relates to elder care – whether grassroots advocacy for aging adults or the latest in residential and community care – gives a daily picture of what’s trending in this arena.
If you click on the For Consumers tab in the top menu bar, you can then choose from an Aging Services Directory, a Planning and Paying page chock full of content related to planning and paying for aging services, and a Caregiving Resource page that includes videos, guides, websites and other resources that LeadingAge members have developed specifically for caregivers.
For those who are new to researching retirement community systems, sifting through senior living options and understanding terminology can be overwhelming. A short list of senior living options includes:
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Nursing Homes
- Alzheimer’s or Memory Care
- Residential Care Homes
- Respite Care
- Home Care
A reliable guide that explains each of these senior living options, along with a cost comparison chart, is HelpGuide.org. HelpGuide offers many links to other invaluable resources, including a Key to Choice evaluation guide that assesses a loved one’s lifestyle needs and evaluates the many housing and service options available to seniors.
Edgeworth Park Website
The website for Edgeworth Park at New Town, an assisted living and memory care community located in Williamsburg, VA, features a helpful Family Resource Page that is a great resource for answering caregiver questions. Everything from knowing when it’s time for a loved one to move into an assisted living community, to what type of help or living environment to look for if your parent or aging loved one has progressive dementia, is covered. And because this process can be confusing, our site even offers a glossary of terms to help understand different plans, services and senior living options, as well as additional guidance and other helpful resources on aging.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the Edgeworth Park FAQ page, please contact us via email or call 866-568-9206 so we may better serve you.