Everyday How To's for Caregiving

Promote Health Literacy: it has to do with how well people understand and are able to use health information to take action on their health. More than just the ability to read and write, health literacy includes the ability to listen, follow directions, fill out forms, calculate using basic math, and interact with professionals and health care settings. It can also include making sense of jargon or unfamiliar cultural norms. Health literacy requires people to apply critical thinking skills to health related matters.

Does Your Loved One Need Help?

Click here to download our helpful list of warning signs that your loved one may need additional help.

National Council on Aging

Staying healthy as you age can be a challenge. We can help. Our programs give older adults the knowledge and tools to prevent falls, manage chronic conditions, and improve their lives.
Website: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/

Prepare to Care: A planning Guide for Families

Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families was developed by AARP to help make the job more manageable. It includes information on how to have vital conversations with older family members, organize important documents, assess your loved one’s needs and locate important resources. Watch caregiving expert Amy Goyer explain more about the guide.
Website: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide/

Iowa Department on Aging

The link to resources for older Iowans.
Website: https://www.iowaaging.gov/

Prepare For Your Care

A program to help you make medical decisions for yourself and others

Fulmer SPICES: An Overall Assessment Tool for Older Adults

Fulmer SPICES, developed by Terry Fulmer, PhD, APRN, FAAN at New York University College of Nursing, is an efficient and effective instrument for obtaining the information necessary to prevent health alterations in the older adult patient (Fulmer, 1991; Fulmer, 1991; Fulmer, 2001). SPICES is an acronym for the common syndromes of the elderly requiring nursing intervention:
S is for Sleep Disorders
P is for Problems with Eating or Feeding
I is for Incontinence
C is for Confusion
E is for Evidence of Falls
S is for Skin Breakdown