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- Website: Family Caregiver Alliance
- Resource type: Fact sheet
Summary - The message of this resource is:
Caregivers are advocates for their loved one's care. This resource provides tips on how to prepare to speak to your loved one's care team at the hospital, doctor's office, and home. You can also learn about some of the legal issues affecting American caregivers.
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communication, social support, advance planning
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Rated on: 3/18/2020 12:52:47 PM
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