AARP’s Caregiver Resource Center offers a guide that can help first-time caregivers prepare to
care in five simple steps:
1. Start the Conversation
2. Form a Team
3. Make a Plan
4. Care for Your Loved One
5. Care for Yourself
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The guide states that: Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important—and complicated—roles you’ll play. It can happen suddenly, with an accident or illness, or it may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or going to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals or handling their finances.
Whether you’re just beginning to anticipate a need or taking care of a family member full-time, this guide serves as a practical tool to make the process easier for both you and your loved one. It includes advice, resources and checklists to help you get organized and find support on your caregiving journey. Remember: Just take it one step at a time.
Access the full guide: Help for First Time Caregivers