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Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions - for Caregivers and Seniors

UPDATED: This article is updated from an article that appeared on HelpingYouCare® on December 31, 2014. Happy New Year! Now is the exhilarating time for a new beginning — the time to make New Years resolutions for the coming . . . → Read More: Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions – for Caregivers and Seniors

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10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a service of the Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has issued a list of 10 Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help in the home. . . . → Read More: 10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

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Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

The February, 2013 issue of the journal HealthAffairs features several studies addressing how more active engagement of patients in their own health and health care can affect health care outcomes and costs of care. “Studies show that more informed . . . → Read More: Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

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HHS Agreement Now in Effect: Medicare Will Cover Skilled Maintenance Care Even Without Patient Improvement

A U.S. Federal District Court in Vermont on January 24 approved a settlement agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and plaintiffs in a pending litigation matter, which may help all Medicare patients with . . . → Read More: HHS Agreement Now in Effect: Medicare Will Cover Skilled Maintenance Care Even Without Patient Improvement

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Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

November has been designated as Long-Term Care Awareness Month. As part of this observance, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued a release yesterday, containing useful information on long-term care for seniors and their family caregivers. The . . . → Read More: Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

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New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday awards of funding to seven organizations selected to partner with CMS and 145 nursing homes in seven different states in a new pilot program aimed at improving . . . → Read More: New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

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New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help . . . → Read More: New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

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Medicare Announces Redesigned Website to Better Serve Medicare Beneficiaries & Their Families

The U.S. centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 21 that it has launched a redesign of its Medicare.gov website, in order to better serve Medicare Beneficiaries and their families. The redesign, CMS said, “mak[es] content . . . → Read More: Medicare Announces Redesigned Website to Better Serve Medicare Beneficiaries & Their Families

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HUD Offers Tools to Find Affordable Housing for Seniors

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday, that it provides a number of finder tools and other resources to help find affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities. Following is a copy of . . . → Read More: HUD Offers Tools to Find Affordable Housing for Seniors

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Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday that it has updated and re-designed its Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare websites, which provide tools and quality measures to help consumers find hospitals and Medicare-Certified nursing homes . . . → Read More: Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites

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Health Affairs Conference Focused on the Care Span for Elderly & Disabled

At a June 5 conference sponsored by the journal Health Affairs, in Washington D.C., experts in care for the elderly and disabled presented findings on how better coordination of care across the “Care Span” for the elderly and disabled . . . → Read More: Health Affairs Conference Focused on the Care Span for Elderly & Disabled

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HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Monday that it has established a new Administration on Community Living under HHS, which will be dedicated to “enhancing and improving the broad range of supports that individuals with . . . → Read More: HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home

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Free Webinar on Parkinson's Hospital Care Offered by National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation (NFP) has announced that it will hold a Free online webinar on how to get the best care for those with Parkinson’s disease when they are hospitalized. The Webinar will take place on April 5, . . . → Read More: Free Webinar on Parkinson’s Hospital Care Offered by National Parkinson Foundation

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Medicare-Medicaid Announces Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Home Residents

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative on March 15, 2012 aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations among nursing home residents who are dual Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. “The initiative aims to reduce costly and avoidable . . . → Read More: Medicare-Medicaid Announces Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Home Residents

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National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012

website. “Connect with your members of Congress and make them understand your patients’ needs. Tell them how home care can cut costs and right a health care system that’s run off the tracks. A train wreck will occur if . . . → Read More: National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012

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Medicare Announces Changes to Nursing Home Compare Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has recently announced changes to its Nursing Home Compare tool which will take effect in 2012. The current nursing home . . . → Read More: Medicare Announces Changes to Nursing Home Compare Tool

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What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights — but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for . . . → Read More: What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

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Caregiverlist - Search Tool to Find & Compare Nursing Homes & Their Costs

Caregiverlist.com offers a Nursing Home search tool combined with a “Star Rating Service” for family caregivers, which allows you to search for nursing homes by State and County, by zip code, or by name, and find a list with . . . → Read More: Caregiverlist – Search Tool to Find & Compare Nursing Homes & Their Costs

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Medicare Nursing Home Compare - Find & Compare Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), provides a comprehensive Nursing Home Compare that includes every Medicare certified nursing home in the United States. Use of this . . . → Read More: Medicare Nursing Home Compare – Find & Compare Nursing Homes

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Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on Friday that they have launched new online tools for patients and caregivers to “empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care,” as well as other initiatives . . . → Read More: Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

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Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% "Off Label" in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predominantly . . . → Read More: Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

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New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes

Allen “Chip” Teel, MD, a family physician in Maine, is pioneering a new model for virtual assisted living at home. Use of technology plus a combination of paid staff and volunteers to check on seniors living in their own . . . → Read More: New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes

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U.S. News Has Released 2011 Best Nursing Homes Rankings

U.S. News Media Group has released its U.S. News Search Tool to search for a nursing home. You can search by State first, and then refine your search to include the overall star rating, whether the home accepts . . . → Read More: U.S. News Has Released 2011 Best Nursing Homes Rankings

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Wanted: A National Respite System - NYTimes.com

Over 28 million people in the United States provide care for someone age 75 or older.  A 2009 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP found that 88% of family caregivers never get a break from this full-time job. . . . → Read More: Wanted: A National Respite System – NYTimes.com

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Overview of Residential Care Facility Options

Residential Facilities, by GetCare.com. An overview of several different types of residential care facilities, including: * Assisted Living * Nursing Homes * Board and Care Homes * Hospice Facilities * Continuing Care Retirement Communities * Congregate Housing Includes a . . . → Read More: Overview of Residential Care Facility Options

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Checklists of What to Look For and Ask Long-Term Care Providers & Professionals

Checklists provided by GetCare.com. Multiple checklists in printable PDF format, to help you know what to look for and what to ask several different types of providers of long-term care services, including providers of: In-Home Care: Home Care Services . . . → Read More: Checklists of What to Look For and Ask Long-Term Care Providers & Professionals

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Checklist For Consumers And Prospective Residents | Assisted Living Facilities

Choosing An Assisted Living Residence:  A Consumer’s Guide A Checklist For Consumers And Prospective Residents When you are looking for an assisted living or residential care setting for yourself or a loved one, here is a checklist provided by . . . → Read More: Checklist For Consumers And Prospective Residents | Assisted Living Facilities

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Choosing An Assisted Living Residence: A Conusmer’s Guide

Choosing An Assisted Living Residence: A Consumer’s Guide with information about Assisted Living Facilities, and how to choose, provided by the National Center for Assisted Living. The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice of . . . → Read More: Choosing An Assisted Living Residence: A Conusmer’s Guide

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Making the Transition to Nursing Facility Life: Coping with the Transition

This checklist by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), a non-profit organization, helps seniors and family caregivers with making and coping with the transition to nursing facility life. It provides tips on planning ahead, and a checklist of what . . . → Read More: Making the Transition to Nursing Facility Life: Coping with the Transition

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Give the gift of advocacy for loved ones

Article by the Mayo Clinic Staff.  As stated, “the reality still exits that there will continue to be inferior care facilities across the county. Given that reality, the best gift a family member can give is to be an . . . → Read More: Give the gift of advocacy for loved ones

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How to help your loved one get quality nursing home care

by Rose Halas, essortment.com.  Six tips for caregivers on how to help your loved one get quality care in a nursing home. http://www.essortment.com/family/helplovedoneq_syah.htm

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Long Term Care

Family Guide Series by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.  Excellent 23 page booklet on skilled nursing facilities, their services, how to choose a facility, and how to pay for care.  See particularly pages 18 through 23, discussing “The . . . → Read More: Long Term Care

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National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

supported by a grant from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Provides links to the Ombudsman services in each of the 50 States, which serve as publicly paid advocates for residents of nursing homes, . . . → Read More: National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

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What is a geriatric care manager and how can I find one?

From the National Institute on Aging, U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Hiring a Geriatric Care Manager to visit your loved one and help monitor your loved one’s care may be very helpful and necessary, particularly if you live . . . → Read More: What is a geriatric care manager and how can I find one?

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Geriatric Assessment & Care Managers

From Helpguide.org.  What is geriatric assessment?  When is a geriatric assessment needed?  Who performs a geriatric assessment?  Finding a geriatric care manager.  Costs of geriatric care management. http://www.helpguide.org/elder/geriatric_assessment.htm#online

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Assisted Living: Quality Of Life

A checklist of questions developed by The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL) dealing with activities & socializing, meals, safety, and other issues to consider when visiting an assisted living facility. >> View Info

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Nursing Home Checklist

From FamilyCare America, Inc. Basic nursing home questions to consider concerning quality of life and care as well as nutrition and safety >> View Info

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Hospice Care

MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  A good introduction to Hospice care, with comprehensive links to information on what it is, what care is available, financial, legal, and medical . . . → Read More: Hospice Care

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Palliative Care and Hospice

by UAB Center for Palliative Care and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. http://www.palliative.uab.edu/patients/faqs/

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End-of-Life Care

Helpful booklets of information provided by Caring Connections, a website operated by the non-profit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: Care and Comfort at the End of Life [PDF]* What is Hospice? [PDF] Hospice Care: A Consumer’s Guide to . . . → Read More: End-of-Life Care

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Palliative Care

ClevelandClinic.org.  A description of what is palliative care, its focus on both the patient and the patient’s family, and when it is appropriate.  Explains that Hospice care is a special form of palliative care offered to those who may . . . → Read More: Palliative Care

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What is Hospice Care?

Fact Sheet by Eldercare Locator, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, providing information on hospice care, what it is, when it is appropriate, paying for hospice care, and links to other support and resources. http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Resources/fact_sheets/hospice_care.aspx

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Hospice care: An option when confronting terminal illness

MayoClinic.com.  Explains what hospice care is, when it is an option, services provided, the team of professionals involved, how it is paid for, and questions to ask in evaluating and selecting a hospice care program. http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/hospice-care/HQ00860/METHOD=print

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Nursing Homes Library of Information from MedlinePlus

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. A good place to start.  Contains links to comprehensive information about nursing homes and related issues, overviews of basic information, latest news, information on coping, financial . . . → Read More: Nursing Homes Library of Information from MedlinePlus

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Nursing Homes: Making the Right Choice

AgePage by National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  A 6 page brochure providing an overview of what to consider in choosing a nursing home

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Nursing Home Compare, a Tool on Medicare.gov, the Official Medicare Website.

This tool, provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, helps you find and compare nursing homes.  It provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid . . . → Read More: Nursing Home Compare, a Tool on Medicare.gov, the Official Medicare Website.

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Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home

by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A 68 page official government booklet, explaining How to find and compare nursing homes in your area, How to pay for nursing home . . . → Read More: Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home

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Nursing Home Checklist

by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A helpful checklist of questions to ask when you are visiting a nursing home, in the form of a chart with columns to . . . → Read More: Nursing Home Checklist

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Nursing Homes (Skilled Nursing Facilities) – Fact Sheet by Helpguide.org

Very good overview, including What is a Nursing Home?; Nursing Homes covered by Medicare?; Nursing Home vs. Assisted Living; Candidates for a Nursing Home; Living arrangements offered in Skilled Nursing facilities; Services provided in a Nursing Home: Special needs . . . → Read More: Nursing Homes (Skilled Nursing Facilities) – Fact Sheet by Helpguide.org

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Consumer Reports Nursing Home Guide and Nursing Home Qulity Monitor

ConsumerReports.org.  An in-depth look at the nursing home industry and its quality by Consumer Reports. Includes the Nursing Home Quality Monitor, a tool (formerly known as “Nursing Homes Watch List”), developed by Consumer Reports to help you evaluate the . . . → Read More: Consumer Reports Nursing Home Guide and Nursing Home Qulity Monitor

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Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist

by AARP.  A helpful form containing a checklist of questions and criteria to use in evaluating a nursing home, with space to record your notes as you visit a nursing home.  AARP recommends that you “Print one checklist for . . . → Read More: Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist

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Checklist for Choosing a Nursing Home

From Nursinghomedirectory.org.  A helpful checklist to help you evaluate and select a nursing home to meet your loved one’s needs.  Nursinghomedirectory.org also provides a locator tool to help you find nursing homes and assisted living facilities in your area, . . . → Read More: Checklist for Choosing a Nursing Home

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Eldercare At Home: Choosing a Nursing Home

by American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging.  Factors to consider and checklist of questions to ask when choosing a nursing home for your loved one. http://www.healthinaging.org/public_education/eldercare/26_p.xml?mode=print

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Nursing Home Care

Aging in The Know, by AGS Foundation for Health in Aging.  Detailed introductory information on nursing homes, their characteristics and financing, who lives in nursing homes (profile of persons requiring nursing home care), choosing a nursing home, health . . . → Read More: Nursing Home Care

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Choosing a Nursing Facility

by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), a non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations, including more than 10,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled, and subacute care providers. This 15 page booklet provides a guide to nursing . . . → Read More: Choosing a Nursing Facility

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Selecting a Nursing Home in New York State, a Guide for Consumers

a comprehensive 35 page guide for those selecting a nursing home in New York State, by the New York State Department of Health, Division of Quality and Surveillance for Nursing Homes.  Contains useful information about paying for nursing home . . . → Read More: Selecting a Nursing Home in New York State, a Guide for Consumers

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How to Sign Admission Agreements and other contracts, when you as Caregiver are requested by health care providers to sign for your parent.

Based on our experience, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and all types of health care and long-term care facilities and providers will frequently request you to sign your name as the “Responsible Person” for and in place of . . . → Read More: How to Sign Admission Agreements and other contracts, when you as Caregiver are requested by health care providers to sign for your parent.

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Nursing Home Admission Agreements: Think Twice Before Signing; A Guide for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

16 page paper (PDF) by the National Senior Citizens Law Center, with Support from The Retirement Research Foundation.  Provides a checklist of six common problems with nursing home admission agreements, and information to assist senior caregivers in reviewing these . . . → Read More: Nursing Home Admission Agreements: Think Twice Before Signing; A Guide for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

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Assisted Living Library of Information from MedlinePlus

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Comprehensive links to overall information on Assisted Living. A good place to start… http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/assistedliving.html

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What is Assisted Living?

Fact Sheet by Eldercare Locator, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  A good introduction to Assisted Living, what is it, what services are provided, and how to choose an Assisted Living facility. Also included are a general discussion . . . → Read More: What is Assisted Living?

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Assisted Living Facilities for Seniors – Fact Sheet by Helpguide.org

Very good overview, including What is an Assisted Living Facility?; Assisted Living vs. other types of housing; Candidates for Assisted Living; Types of Assisted Living Facilities; Assisted Living Facility services; Special needs provided in an Assisted Living Facility; Choosing . . . → Read More: Assisted Living Facilities for Seniors – Fact Sheet by Helpguide.org

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Choosing An Assisted Living Facility

by MetLife Mature Market Institute, in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving.  A 12 page booklet, providing introductory information on Assisted Living, along with a Cost Calculator form to help you determine the full cost, and a helpful . . . → Read More: Choosing An Assisted Living Facility

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Assisted Living Today – A Brief Overview

at alpha.org, the website of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), a not for profit trade association of assisted living facilities.  Provides an introduction to assisted living, and its regulation, prevalence, and financing: “There are 36,000 assisted living . . . → Read More: Assisted Living Today – A Brief Overview

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Guide to Choosing an Assisted Living Residence

an 8 page booklet by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).  Explains what assisted living is, who it is intended to serve, and what types of facilities and services exist, and provides a helpful consumer checklist of what . . . → Read More: Guide to Choosing an Assisted Living Residence

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Helpful Info on Assisted Living from the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL)

Includes: State Licensing Agencies; National Ombudsman Resource Center – State Ombudsmen; State Information about Assisted living for Consumers; and Frequently Asked Questions The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL) is a non-profit national consumer education and advocacy organization focused . . . → Read More: Helpful Info on Assisted Living from the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL)

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Assisted Living Facility Evaluation Checklist

by AARP. A helpful form containing a checklist of questions and criteria to use in evaluating an Assisted Living Facility, with space to record your notes as you visit an Assisted Living Facility. AARP recommends that you “Print a . . . → Read More: Assisted Living Facility Evaluation Checklist

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Shopping For Assisted Living Facilities, by Stephanie Rice.

An overview of some of the senior living and long-term care options, and brief checklist of what to look for when shopping for an assisted living facility. >> View Info

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Choosing an Assisted Living Residence: A consumer Guide

http://www.longtermcareliving.com/assess/al/ by the American Health Care Association, National Center for Assisted Living. Provides introductory information on assisted living and the personal care, health services and residential accommodations provided by assisted living facilities, as well as information on other factors . . . → Read More: Choosing an Assisted Living Residence: A consumer Guide

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Understanding Assisted Living Residency Agreements – Part 1

by Ryan Malone, August 11, 2008, InsideAssistedLiving.com.  The first of a series of articles discussing the typical provisions contained in assisted living residency agreements.  Links to parts 2 through 6 of this series are at the bottom of the . . . → Read More: Understanding Assisted Living Residency Agreements – Part 1

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Become knowledgeable about your loved one’s long-term care insurance policy, and be wary about your ability actually to collect assisted living benefits from long-term care insurers!!!

News Release, May 7, 2008, by National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), announced a settlement reached by State insurance regulators in several States with one of the largest U.S. long-term care insurers, Conseco.  The settlement required Conseco to pay . . . → Read More: Become knowledgeable about your loved one’s long-term care insurance policy, and be wary about your ability actually to collect assisted living benefits from long-term care insurers!!!

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Types of Long-Term Care > CCRC’s

From Medicare.gov, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Provides introductory information on continuing care retirement communities (CCRC’s) and links to additional information from the Administration on Aging (AoA) and from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, . . . → Read More: Types of Long-Term Care > CCRC’s

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)

by AARP and an introduction to CCRC’s and their characteristics, costs, and entrance requirements. http://www.aarp.org/families/housing_choices/other_options/a2004-02-26-retirementcommunity.html

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CCRC vs. Life Care: Which Contract is Right for You?

by Allen Jesson  A good article describing some of the different types of entrance contracts required by CCRC’s.  As explained, some facilities offer straight fee for service contracts only, and may contract with another facility to deliver the higher . . . → Read More: CCRC vs. Life Care: Which Contract is Right for You?

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How to Select a Continuing Care Retirement Community

A guide from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent non-profit organization that provides review and accreditation services for CCRC’s and other long-term care facilities.  A checklist with questions to ask, clarifications about the different types . . . → Read More: How to Select a Continuing Care Retirement Community

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Consumer Guide to Understanding Financial Performance and Reporting in Continuing Care Retirement Communities

20 page booklet by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  Provides introductory information, a primer on financial issues, and a list of questions to ask to help you evaluate CCRC’s >> View Info

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) – Fact Sheet by Helpguide.org

Very good overview, including what is a CCRC? (a CCRC provides 3 levels of care: independent, assisted living & skilled care), how CCRC’s differ from stand alone Assisted Living Facilities; who are candidates for CCRS’s; information regarding: CCRC’s, such . . . → Read More: Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) – Fact Sheet by Helpguide.org

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Search for CARF-CCAC-Accredited Continuing Care Retirement Communities by State

A search tool provided by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent non-profit organization that provides review and accreditation services for CCRC’s and other long-term care facilities. http://www.carf.org/Consumer.aspx?Content=CCACSearch Links are also provided to information on the . . . → Read More: Search for CARF-CCAC-Accredited Continuing Care Retirement Communities by State

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Independent Living for Seniors, a Retirement Community of Peers

by Helpguide.org.  Helpful overview of Independent Living for seniors, what it is, and the characteristics of and services typically provided by Independent Living Communities.  (Note:  as referenced, “Independent Living” is one component of CCRC’s, but may also be found . . . → Read More: Independent Living for Seniors, a Retirement Community of Peers

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Independent Living

by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. http://www.aoa.gov/eldfam/Housing/Independent_Living/Independent_Living.aspx As an independent living resident, elderly can enjoy living where they want and do what they want without being classified as someone who needs assistance.  . . . → Read More: Independent Living

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Understanding Long-Term Care: Where is Long-Term Care Provided

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Provides a good introduction to the available options for long-term care, including home and community based services and the different facility-bases services, such as adult . . . → Read More: Understanding Long-Term Care: Where is Long-Term Care Provided

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Fact Sheet: Home Away from Home: Relocating Your Parents

Family Caregiver  Alliance. Overview of the various senior housing options and advice on selecting among them for your aging parents. http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/print_friendly.jsp?nodeid=849

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Housing Options for Older Adults; A Guide to Making Housing Decisions

28 page booklet by the Eldercare Locator of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, supported by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Written by Holly Robinson, Associate Staff Director at the American Bar Association Commission . . . → Read More: Housing Options for Older Adults; A Guide to Making Housing Decisions

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Finding the Right Aging Services

by American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), an Association of not-for-profit providers of homes and services for the aging.  Includes links to general information on: Home and Community-Based Services Senior Housing Assisted Living Continuing Care . . . → Read More: Finding the Right Aging Services

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Long-term care “Conversation Checklist” for families and seniors

This article is provided by SNAPforSeniors Having a conversation about long-term care with an aging loved one can be difficult. Initiating a conversation can be awkward or uncomfortable for family members or caregivers.  Although it is impossible to know . . . → Read More: Long-term care “Conversation Checklist” for families and seniors

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Senior Housing: What you need to know

From SNAPforSeniors.com, a free senior housing information source that lists types of  licensed senior housing, provides tools to assist you with assessing your needs, and matches you needs against available options. Provides a helpful list of questions to ask . . . → Read More: Senior Housing: What you need to know

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Eldercare Locator: Help in Finding Resources in Your Community

provided by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Allows you to search for information by your zip code, city, or county.  A good place to find local Aging & Disability Resource Centers and local Long-Term Care Ombudsman, who . . . → Read More: Eldercare Locator: Help in Finding Resources in Your Community

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Long-Term Care Options

by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in conjunction with the American Health Lawyers Association.  A 2 page brochure listing and providing an overview of long-term care options, including adult day care, assisted living, and nursing homes, along . . . → Read More: Long-Term Care Options

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Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility

by American Health Lawyers Association in conjunction with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  A two page brochure listing questions to ask and criteria to consider in choosing a long-term care facility. >> View Info

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Senior Housing Choices

by SeniorResource.com.  A comprehensive list of housing/ long-term care facility options for seniors, with information on the characteristics of each and criteria for choosing, plus links to other resources. http://www.seniorresource.com/house.htm

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What is Government Assisted Housing?

Fact Sheet by Eldercare Locator, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, providing information on different types of public housing assistance available for qualifying lower-income older persons. http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Resources/fact_sheets/gov_house.aspx

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Long term health care: Plan ahead: Planning now for long term care will help you make decisions later in life. Here’s a look at your options and how to share your wishes with your loved ones

by MayoClinic.com.  Good overview by the Mayo Clinic of long-term care options for seniors, the characteristics of each type of facility, and questions to ask and criteria to use in choosing the right option for your loved one. . . . → Read More: Long term health care: Plan ahead: Planning now for long term care will help you make decisions later in life. Here’s a look at your options and how to share your wishes with your loved ones

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Settling in to a Long-Term Care Facility

by American Health Lawyers Association in conjunction with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  2 page brochure on the process of signing an admission agreement and being admitted to a long-term care facility. View Info

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Selecting a Health Care Provider: Helping You Choose Guides

by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which evaluates (by performance based standards) and accredits over 15,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S., including hospitals, home health care, hospice providers, nursing . . . → Read More: Selecting a Health Care Provider: Helping You Choose Guides

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Quality Check search engine provided by the Joint Commission

The Joint Commission also provides a Quality Check® service, which is a search engine where you can find the Joint Commission’s evaluation of the healthcare organization you are considering.  Accredited facilities are designated by the “Gold Seal” of the . . . → Read More: Quality Check search engine provided by the Joint Commission

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20 Practical Tips for Finding the Best Residential Care for Your Relative

Family Caregiver Alliance, Update Fall 2007/ Winter 2008.  A simple list of tips for caregivers planning for long-term care of your elderly loved one.  The Family Caregiver Alliance is a not for profit organization dedicated to helping family caregivers. . . . → Read More: 20 Practical Tips for Finding the Best Residential Care for Your Relative

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Care Costs

by AARP.  A chart showing the average assisted living, nursing home, home health aide, and adult day care costs by State for each of the 50 States, for 2007.  The figures represent the average cost based in a sample . . . → Read More: Care Costs

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Choosing Senior Housing and Residential Care

Choosing Senior Housing and Residential Care, by Helpguide.org, a no-profit organization created by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, dedicated to helping caregivers. Provides a good overview of the different senior housing and long-term care options available, their characteristics, . . . → Read More: Choosing Senior Housing and Residential Care

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Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients

Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients, book by Lawrence A. Frolik, March 2008, American Bar Association, Senior lawyers Division. A comprehensive book, written primarily for lawyers but useful to all caregivers, on senior housing and long-term care options, . . . → Read More: Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients

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Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care: Choosing Long-term Care

Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care: Choosing Long-term Care, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes criteria to look for as a “Quick Check for Quality” in long-term care facilities, . . . → Read More: Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care: Choosing Long-term Care

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Nursing Home Checklist

Nursing Home Checklist from Medicare.gov.  Helpful resource in selecting a nursing home for your elderly loved one.  Helps you know what questions to ask, and keep track of the information you collect on each potential facility, in an organized . . . → Read More: Nursing Home Checklist

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