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The following are sixteen of the most comprehensive resource guides that you may find useful as you care for your elderly or disabled loved one or client. Please feel free to access the suggested resources and share them with your family and friends. You are invited to revisit this page as new resources are added frequently. Do you have a resource that you think should be included on Emma's Picks? Contact us  





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How to Make a Bedroom Accessible for Disabilities 

Easy access to a good night's sleep is a right everyone should have. Learn how to modify a bedroom to be disability-friendly.  





Cost of Care Calculator by City/State 

For 15 years, Genworth has developed the Cost of Care Survey to help families understand the costs of varying types of care across the U.S. Since 2004, the Cost of Care survey has become the foundation for long term care planning. The 2018 survey, conducted by Carescout, covering 440 regions is based on data collected from more than 15,500 completed surveys. Get started today. Calculate the Cost of Care in your area.  






Coping with the Cost of Care: Often-Overlooked Tax Deductions and Tips for Seniors and Their Families 

One of the hardest parts of caring for older adults is affording the cost of medical care as chronic conditions begin to pile up. This guide is designed to give you all of the information you need to claim the deductions you are due. Whether for yourself or for someone you love and care for, here is what you need to know about tax deductions for medical care.  





Creating the Caregiver Journey Map 

Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Philips, and the Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered to document the journey of military and veteran caregivers. 


By mapping out key points where the right people, organizations, and service providers can step in and support caregivers as they adapt to their new way of life, we'll help achieve better outcomes for our veterans and our hidden heroes. 







Access the comprehensive guide of state Medicaid programs (elder care, housing options, and long term care) with individual eligibility requirements.   

Senior Planning provides a broad state guide for Medicaid long term care programs nationwide. This resource is free and is compiled by Senior Planning employees. Please use the guide and the supplemental resources provided as an assistive tool to determine the kinds of programs and care that might be available to you. Medicaid programs are very detailed and as the scope of this tool is not all encompassing, we recommend that anyone applying seeks help from local experts before taking action based on the information we provide. 






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Mesothelioma Causes & Risk Factors 

Mesothelioma is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. The risk factors for developing mesothelioma include working in an asbestos plant or working with asbestos products. Smoking is not a risk factor by itself but can further the damage done by asbestos exposure.  



What Does it Mean to be a Mesothelioma Caregiver? 

Unlike formal caregivers, who are paid to provide care, an informal caregiver is an unpaid individual who assumes the responsibility of assisting another person, typically an ailing loved one, with their daily life and medical needs. Serving as a mesothelioma caregiver can quickly become an overwhelming and isolating task, especially if you don't have previous caregiving experience. During this time, caring for yourself becomes as important as caring for your loved one. 





Mesothelioma Help Now  

Mesothelioma Help Now helps patients and their families get answers, locate top doctors and receive better treatment. We were created to be a source of hope and empowerment to those affected by mesothelioma. By providing accurate and helpful information and resources, patients and their families can better understand their treatment, support and legal options. 



   has a wide variety of information available to both visitors and cancer patients alike. I thought you would be interested to know that we also an in-depth article discussing the important part caregivers play in the cancer community. You can read a bit more about it here. With this information, it's our goal to help better educate the public about the importance of understanding the severity of mesothelioma and to lend our support to those affected. 



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Mesothelioma Guide is your trusted ally in the fight against asbestos-related cancer. We provide up-to-date information about living with mesothelioma, top doctors, treatment options, and more. 





Understand how Social Security Disability Works  

Social Security disability benefits can provide for your family when an injury, illness, or disability prevents you from working and earning an income. Applying for these benefits is often seen as a cumbersome process, however, requiring several steps, a slew of complicated paperwork, and even in-person hearings. 






Social Security Disability Benefit Calculator  

Since so many factors play a role in the total amount of your SSDI/SSI benefits, predicting the exact dollar amount of your benefits is no small feat. On the other hand, it is fairly simple to come up with an estimate based on your age, the amount you have paid into social security, and other factors. By using the calculator below, you'll get an estimate of your monthly and annual Social Security disability or SSI benefits. 






Helping Financial Caregivers in Every State 

If you are managing the finances for your elderly or disabled loved one, you may find the Helping Financial Caregivers in Every State guides helpful. Each of the four guides focuses on a different financial role, including agents under a power of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries). 







Having a mediator assist the family to hold these difficult conversations in a more productive and less contentious way can be an effective approach to improving your ability to collaborate with siblings, while also putting the needs of your parents first. A proactive, mediated approach to communication may also decrease the distress you experience and improve your psychological well-being.





The National Elder Law Foundation   

The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. NELF's Certified Elder Law Attorney designation is itself certified by the American Bar Association. There are nearly 500 CELAs across the country, and our numbers are growing steadily.  






Health Insights and Hospital Compare VA 

Quality outcomes and indicators include areas of falls and hospital re-admission rates which are generally publicly reported. In particular you might take a special interest in whether your hospital of choice is above or below the local and national rates for infections. Two excellent resources for researching hospital quality indicators are Health Insights for public hospitals or Hospital Compare VA to compare quality indicators if you are accessing healthcare as a Veteran or active duty member of the military.    


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