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5 steps to provide elder care for parents

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When searching for assistance for your parent, you'll likely find a long list of options, ranging from home care help to meal services, adult day programs, assisted living centers and nursing homes.

To learn what's available in your parent's area, contact the local Area Agency on Aging or use the Eldercare Locator on ElderCare.gov.

If you're not sure which direction to take, "book your parent for a complete medical exam with your family doctor," Lauber says. "Your doctor can provide medical answers and recommend appropriate resources."

Another option: Bring in a geriatric care manager. "Hiring a geriatric care manager takes the burden of designing and implementing a complete plan of care off the senior and his or her family," says Dr. Kathy Johnson, CEO of Home Care Assistance. This professional will meet with your parent and family, ask questions and navigate all aspects of care, such as setting medical appointments and hiring caregivers. To locate a geriatric care manager in your area, visit AgingLifeCare.org.

Timing is important when it comes to providing more care for an elderly parent.

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