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Aging-Related Resources Free Comfort Care Guide

The Retirement Research Foundation offers the following resource for individuals, families, caregivers, and organizations that provide an array of services for senior citizens.

Encouraging Comfort Care: A Guide for Families of People with Dementia Living in Care Facilities

This 21-page booklet from the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter provides useful information to families who are caring for loved ones with dementia and for staff of long-term care facilities.  The booklet discusses Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, particularly care issues related to the late and final stages.

The guide is designed to help families make informed choices about a variety of medical decisions they may face on behalf of loved ones with dementia living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other types of care facilities.  It will also equip families to ask good questions aimed at obtaining the best care for their loved ones, including a handy checklist of comfort care measures to be discussed with staff members of care facilities.

The guide can also be used by staff of long-term care facilities as they help to educate families and assist them in care planning.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to disseminate this booklet in electronic and print formats.

The Encouraging Comfort Care guide was made possible through a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation and is available at: http://www.alzheimers-illinois.org/pti/comfort_care_guide.asp.