Elder Care Education Resources

The Caregivers’ Survival Guide
Learn how to care for your loved one legally, financially, and emotionally. Find support navigating the healthcare system and caring for yourself while caring for a loved one.

A Guide to Aging in Place
Learn about what it means to age in place, available resources, and types of care someone might need to age in place.

Fall Prevention Guide for Caregivers
Learn how to create a fall prevention action plan.

What is Palliative Care at Home?
Learn about what palliative care is, how it differs from hospice and home health care, and who benefits from palliative care.

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living
Learn about the differences between independent living and assisted living including housing options, services, cost, and family involvement.

Advance Directives for Health Care
Learn about advance directives including how to get started, who needs an advance care plan and where to find advance directive forms.
CoxHealth offers a free printable Advance Directive form including Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.
If you need a notary to legalize your document, Taney County Health Department (TCHD) can help. TCHD has notaries on staff who can notarize the document at no cost. Contact TCHD for more information.

A Guide to Medicare Benefits
Learn about Medicare including plan types, coverage, benefits, eligibility, enrollment, and resources.

Memory Care
Learn how to know when a loved one needs around the clock memory care.

Information on Dementia
Understand the differences between Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Learn about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and normal signs of aging.
Learn about stages and behaviors of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association has many resources and support to offer caregivers.

Caregiver Burnout
Learn how to identify and minimize caregiver burden. Take a self-assessment and find resources and tips to help.

Fall Prevention
Learn how to create a fall prevention action plan.

Medication Management
Learn tips on managing your loved one’s medications at home.
Learn about foods that may interact with medications.

Durable Medical Equipment and Medical Supplies
Learn how durable medical equipment and supplies can help with basic care needs for loved ones.

Hydration and Nutrition
Learn about hydration tips for older adults.
Learn common myths about older adult nutrition and tips for eating healthy balanced meals.
Learn tips on how to make fast, simple, and healthy meals for you and your loved ones.

Local Resources

Senior Center Branson
201 Compton Dr.
Branson, MO 65616

Senior Friendship Center Forsyth
PO Box 248
Forsyth, MO 65653

Senior Age – Area Agency on Aging
1735 Fort Ave
Springfield, MO 65807

Empower Abilities
1450 W Cambridge St.
Springfield, MO 65807