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Assisted Living at Home
Margie always knew that her mother, Theresa, who had been ill much of her life, would one day come to live with her. In fact, she and her husband built an extension to their house specifically for the time when Theresa would need more care. Her planning paid off, and thanks to Margie's efforts, Theresa now has a home health care worker 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The aide has kept Theresa out of the institutions she fears, and close to the family she loves.

What does it take to keep an older relative at home? What eligibility requirements have to be fulfilled to get help from the government? Are the requirements and benefits the same from state to state? And how does stress and uncertainty affect a family?

When is it time to stand up to a health care provider? How can you build better communication with your relative's health care team? What do you need to represent your senior in dealings with health care providers, insurance companies and government agencies? What can you expect from home health agencies?

Because every caregiving situation presents unique and personal questions, we've included some of the most recognized, broadest organizations. Each one of these Web sites provides extensive information and links to further resources. Many also provide opportunities to use the Internet to connect with other caregivers and share their advice and support.
The National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregiving.
The signature program of the National Alliance for Caregiving, with extensive information on programs that help seniors pay costs of essential health care and living necessities.

Partnership for Caring is dedicated to improving the way our society deals with end of life issues, and a great source for state-specific documents like advance directives and durable power of attorney.
The Well Spouse Foundation is a national, not-for-profit membership organization which gives support to wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled.
Web site of the United Hospital Fund -- a source for publications and policy information.

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