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Eldercare Locator - Connecting You to Community Services

The Eldercare Locator is the first step to find local agencies that can help older adults and their families access home and community-based services including transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Administration on Aging

Long Term Care: Frequently Asked Questions

I'm perfectly healthy. Why should I think about long-term care? Is long-term care expensive? Doesn't Medicare cover most long-term care costs? Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions here.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A Consumer Guide To Choosing A Nursing Home- (PDF)

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is one of the most difficult tasks a family member ever faces. This consumer guide was developed to help you navigate useful resources, understand the information, and make an informed choice.

Review Date: February 08, 2011

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care

About Life Care Planning Services

A life care plan is a comprehensive and organized approach of gathering and presenting long term care costs for individuals with disabilities. This guide can help you prepare a comprehensive life care plan.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

American Amputee Foundation, Inc

Alternatives to Nursing Home Care

Access to Medicare alternatives to nursing home care for persons who need such care but prefer to remain in their own home with the help of their family and friends, community services, and professional care agencies.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Care Conversations

This page links to information about long term care facilities, making the transition to nursing home life, paying for long term care, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Health Care Association

CareFinder: Alzheimer's Association

If you or someone you care about has Alzheimer's disease, you need to find good care in your community. This page helps you plan ahead in terms of health care, finances, and finding support.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Community Care Options

This fact sheet explains the unique aspects of social day care, adult day health care, and other programs designed to provide recreation, therapy, and social support for disabled and impaired adults, as well as a break for family caregivers.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

Comparing Care Providers

The federal government has created several tools that allow you to compare a variety of quality measures of doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other service providers.Compare providers that have made a commitment to reducing medical errors, improving health care quality, and reducing costs.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Family Care Navigator

This state-by-state resource is intended to help you locate government, nonprofit, and private programs in your area. It includes services for family caregivers, as well as resources for older or disabled adults living at home or in residential care facilities.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

Holding a Family Meeting

When taking care of an elderly parent or another relative, family members need to work cooperatively. Here are some points to consider when arranging a family meeting.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

Locate a Long Term Care Ombudsman

Search for a long-term care ombudsmen in your area who promotes residents' rights and quality of care, educates consumers and providers, and helps resolve residents' complaints.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care

Making Placement Decisions

The decision to place a loved one in a care facility may be the hardest decision families have to make in the course of caregiving. How does one make such a decision? What should one consider? This article provides answers to these questions.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Family Caregiver Alliance

National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information

Use this site to find information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs. Learn about long term care, including how and where to find services you need, as well as how to pay for services.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

Administration on Aging

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information

The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

Administration on Aging

Nursing Home Compare: National Nursing Home Database

Allows users to easily obtain and review information, which can help them make educated decisions about nursing homes. This web site has the most recent information from state inspections of every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home, as well as location, size and ownership.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Nursing Homes: Making the Right Choice

There are many long-term care choices. Find answers to questions that might arise as you look for the best place for you or your relative to live.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Paying For Long-Term Care

The cost of long-term care can vary depending on what kind of care you need, where you get the care, and where you live. This chart will help you compare the options.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

What Makes PACE Different?

The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model is centered around the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs to be served in the community whenever possible. Find out if one of the 61 PACE Programs is located in your area.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National PACE Association