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Families Can Now Appeal VA Benefits Decision

Veterans Affairs officials are overhauling their application process for caregiver benefits, while simultaneously fighting a court ruling that would force them to allow a legal review for individuals rejected for the program.

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Can I Be a Paid Caregiver?

Your chances of getting paid to be a family caregiver are best if you are caring for a U.S. military veteran or for someone eligible for Medicaid, but other possibilities exist.

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Caregiver Tips for the Pandemic

Managing a loved one’s care in a nursing home or an assisted living facility has always been challenging. And it’s harder now that visitation is extremely limited to protect residents from COVID-19. So how can you check on your loved ones, make sure they’re being cared for properly and let them know you’re there for them?

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New Symptoms of the Virus

Veteran’s caregivers eligible for vaccine

Tens of thousands of caregivers providing critical medical support to disabled veterans will be eligible to receive coronavirus vaccine doses soon under a new policy announced by the Department of Veterans Affairs this week.

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How to: Advocate for Elderly Parents

As family caregivers, we play many roles: scheduler, money manager, house cleaner, health aide, nurse, navigator, nurturer and more. Perhaps the most important role, though, is advocate, as we ensure the best life possible for our loved ones when they are vulnerable.

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5 Signs Mom or Dad Need Caregiving Help

When you are visiting family members, you have an opportunity to evaluate how they’re doing in terms of health, safety and quality of life. Any of these five red flags may indicate that your loved one needs more support.

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The Family Care Agreement

More than 53 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for family members. The majority are women—often, an adult daughter who lives closest to an aging parent starts out helping with daily activities. As the parent/care recipient requires more assistance, the daughter cuts back on work hours– risking her own financial security.

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5 Traits of a Good Caregiver

Many people transitioning into an elderly life start to require assistance in their everyday lives, especially if they suffer from a chronic or end-of-life medical condition. They need help for tasks, including bathing and eating.

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Can I Afford In-Home Elderly Care?

Amid headlines of COVID-19 infiltrating nursing homes and large senior care facilities, it’s understandable that many Americans would prefer to avoid assisted living environments as they grow older. However, the trend to age in place predates the pandemic. Remaining at home was the first choice for 76% of Americans age 50 and older, according to a 2018 AARP survey.

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