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Resources

The following is a list of comprehensive resource guides that you may find useful as you care for your loved one or client. Please feel free to access the suggested resources and share them with your family and friends. You are invited to revisit this page as new resources are added frequently. Do you have a resource that you think should be included?

Understanding Grief

As you work through the heartache and uncertainties of your loss and sorrow, Right at Home can assist you with helpful grief resources. Working with grief support expert Dr. Eboni Green, Right at Home has created the booklet, Understanding Grief: A Guide for Grieving Caregivers. This insightful guide offers a number of ways to work through your grief.

The National Elder Law Foundation

The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. NELF's Certified Elder Law Attorney designation is itself certified by the American Bar Association. There are nearly 500 CELAs across the country, and our numbers are growing steadily. 

Portable Medical Document Planner

The GoKit Medical Document Planner and Coaching is designed to equip seniors and their families to calmly approach medical situations. With this beautiful, portable medical planner, you will have everything you need for your senior's medical interactions, allowing you to calmly focus on their emotional and physical needs instead of frantically looking for paperwork. Affiliate program available for professional caregivers.

Social Security Disability Benefit Calculator

Since so many factors play a role in the total amount of your SSDI/SSI benefits, predicting the exact dollar amount of your benefits is no small feat. On the other hand, it is fairly simple to come up with an estimate based on your age, the amount you have paid into social security, and other factors.    By using the calculator below, you'll get an estimate of your monthly and annual Social Security disability or SSI benefits.

 

Mediation

Having a mediator assist the family to hold these difficult conversations in a more productive and less contentious way can be an effective approach to improving your ability to collaborate with siblings, while also putting the needs of your parents first. A proactive, mediated approach to communication may also decrease the distress you experience and improve your psychological well-being.

Creating the Caregiver Journey Map

Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Philips, and the Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered to document the journey of military and veteran caregivers.

By mapping out key points where the right people, organizations, and service providers can step in and support caregivers as they adapt to their new way of life, we'll help achieve better outcomes for our veterans and our hidden heroes.

9 End of Life Documents Everyone Needs

 

Many of us have thought about writing a will, but there are several other documents you need to cover all aspects of your end of life wishes. Without them, your family will have to make tough decisions on your behalf, not knowing what you would have wanted.

 

Area Agencies on Aging

An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is a public or private non-profit agency, designated by the state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. “Area Agency on Aging” is a generic term—specific names of local AAAs may vary. AAAs are primarily responsible for a geographic area, also known as a PSA, that is either a city, a single county, or a multi-county district. AAAs may be categorized as: county, city, regional planning council or council of governments, private, or non-profit.

The Importance of Home Inspections for Seniors Looking to Age in Place

A home inspection is one of the most critical moves senior citizens can take to ensure their ability to age in place both safely and comfortably. A thorough home inspection identifies issues in an existing home ranging from inconvenient to downright hazardous for elderly individuals. As you make plans for yourself or your loved ones to age in place, one of the first steps will be to conduct a proper home inspection.

Helping Financial Caregivers in Every State

If you are managing the finances for your elderly or disabled loved one, you may find the Helping Financial Caregivers in Every State guides helpful. Each of the four guides focuses on a different financial role, including agents under a power of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries).

 

 

 

A Senior’s Guide to Using a Personal Loan to Pay for Long-term Care

Transitioning to a long term care lifestyle can be challenging for both peace of mind and budget. We know giving up one’s autonomy is discouraging, so we created a guide to empower both seniors and individuals living with disabilities to prepare their finances and take control of their futures.

Five Wishes: Your Plan for Care at the End of Life

Five Wishes, America’s most popular living will, is changing the way people talk about, and plan for care at the end of life. More than 18 million copies of Five Wishes are in circulation across the nation, distributed by more than 35,000 organizations. This document meets the legal requirements in 42 states including New Jersey and is useful in all 50 (Source: Aging with Dignity).

How to Prepare your Home When Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

The guide was created to support readers wanting to create a safer home environment to ensure those living with Parkinson’s disease maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. This guide also includes a list of home renovations to consider and industry expert advice on how to finance home modifications.

12 Ways to Advocate for Yourself as a Cancer Patient

Advocacy can come in many different forms throughout a health journey from switching doctors to finding a local support group. Whatever it is, it’s important to feel empowered as a patient when making decisions, and this guide details a number of ways to achieve that state of empowerment. Also included are some helpful resources to keep track of your doctor’s visits and to organize caregiving tasks.

The Ultimate Traveler Guide for Special Travelers

Limited mobility should not have to keep you from the extraordinary wonders of the world. In fact, most national parks and other signature tourist destinations in the United States are guided to abide by limited mobility standards set in place by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This includes additional access points such as easier parking, navigation routes, spectator seating areas, and even potentially discounted prices. The following informative guide has the details you need for setting up a well-rounded trip that is both adventurous and safe.

Ultimate senior travel guide

Who says being a senior means you can’t still travel like you’re young? If you’re older and looking to make the most out of your travels, there are plenty of ways to have an adventure – in comfort and style – without breaking the bank!

No matter your preferences, here are a few senior-friendly vacations that you might enjoy – and tips to help keep your costs under control!

 

 

Home Modifications when Moving in an Elderly Parent

Not everyone has the space, time and resources required to house and care for elderly family members. If people in your family are going to work or interacting with others socially, for example, home life might be less safe than a nursing home with strict protocols. But the LA Times reports some public health figures have come forward urging families that can do so to remove older parents and grandparents from residential facilities. If this is the route you choose, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your home to ensure that it is safe and comfortable for your loved one.

What Is Medicare?

Medicare is the federal government’s health insurance program that primarily covers people 65 and older and certain younger people with disabilities or kidney failure. Original Medicare does not cover all medical costs. Medicare Advantage plans stand in the place of Original Medicare or you may opt to stay with Original Medicare and purchase a Medicare supplement policy.

This resource highlights coverage, costs, eligibility and enrollment information, along with answers to some frequently asked questions.

 

Access the comprehensive guide of state Medicaid programs

(elder care, housing options, and long term care with individual eligibility requirements) Senior Planning provides a broad state guide for Medicaid long term care programs nationwide. This resource is free and is compiled by Senior Planning employees. Please use the guide and the supplemental resources provided as an assistive tool to determine the kinds of programs and care that might be available to you. Medicaid programs are very detailed and as the scope of this tool is not all encompassing, we recommend that anyone applying seeks help from local experts before taking action based on the information we provide.

Health Insights and Hospital Compare VA

Quality outcomes and indicators include areas of falls and hospital re-admission rates which are generally publicly reported. In particular you might take a special interest in whether your hospital of choice is above or below the local and national rates for infections. Two excellent resources for researching hospital quality indicators are Health Insights for public hospitals or Hospital Compare VA to compare quality indicators if you are accessing healthcare as a Veteran or active duty member of the military.

Cost of Care Calculator by City/State

For 15 years, Genworth has developed the Cost of Care Survey to help families understand the costs of varying types of care across the U.S. Since 2004, the Cost of Care survey has become the foundation for long term care planning. The 2018 survey, conducted by Carescout®, covering 440 regions is based on data collected from more than 15,500 completed surveys. Get started today. Calculate the Cost of Care in your area.

Helping Financial Caregivers in Every State

If you are managing the finances for your elderly or disabled loved one, you may find the Helping Financial Caregivers in Every State guides helpful. Each of the four guides focuses on a different financial role, including agents under a power of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries).

 

The Nurse Aide Registry List

All 50 states plus the District of Columbia have a Nurse Aide Registry. This list includes addresses and phone numbers for all of them as well as links to online registries if available.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Insurance

CM&F offers Certified Nursing Assistant malpractice insurance to individuals interested in protecting themselves with superior liability insurance.

COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers

Internet Basics for Seniors

With scams targeting seniors on the rise, the need for updated and accurate resources is more important than ever. With that in mind, we've created an all-inclusive guide with ways to help seniors stay safe while using the internet, including:

  • A breakdown of common online scams targeting the elderly
  • Additional tools for seniors to get the most use from their internet
  • Tips and resources to avoid and report online scams

A Senior’s Guide to Using a Personal Loan to Pay for Long-term Care

Transitioning to a long term care lifestyle can be challenging for both peace of mind and budget. We know giving up one’s autonomy is discouraging, so we created a guide to empower both seniors and individuals living with disabilities to prepare their finances and take control of their futures.