Comprehensive overview. I might want to purchase eventually. But also need backup of more in-depth treatment of topics.2nd pass through:Laying the groundwork. Share the workload.- Don't be afraid to ask for assistance. When someone asks if they can help, take them at their word and give them a job to do. - Make a list of tasks and find out what each family member is able to handle. - Those who live far away can take on paying bills or researching medical or legal information. The ones closer to home can pick up daily chores. - Those with more money than time can help pay for home care or house-cleaning.Set up communications. - Phone, letters, email?- Set boundaries if needed, no phone calls on Sundays, specify email frequency- A phone tree, for emergencies, so one person doesn't have to make all the calls. Systems at home.- Create separate files for your parent's medical information, bills, correspondence, and legal papers. - If you have a regular schedule for paying bills, consider if you will need to allow extra time to add your parent's bills to the mix. - Even if you have a relaxed attitude toward your own paperwork, you must be scrupulous and meticulous in managing your parent's affairs. Become a note-taker, keep track of daily appts, medication schedules, phone numbers, to-do lists, etc. Notes on conversations with doctors and other caregivers. As you fill up a notebook, mark its beginning and ending dates, put it where you can find it easily, and start another. Look into options with your employer. Family leave, flextime, job sharing, part time work. Hiring help: -- Determine whether the care provider or the agency is bonded. Ask for proof of worker's compensation insurance. Look for fit with the caregiver. Ask: -- What is your favorite duty in caring for a client? What is your least favorite? Rate their own performance on a 1 to 10 scale in cooking, housekeeping, personal care, flexibility and willingness to work with other family members who may be providing assistance.