Long-Term Care: Choosing the Right Place (cont.)
Help in planning
Care Planner from Medicare is online at www.careplanner.org. It has details about different care options. You can answer questions online about needs and resources to get a list of suggested services, as well as helpful resources.
Medicare has two resources on its website, www.medicare.gov, which may be useful. First, Nursing Home Compare helps you learn more about nursing homes you may be interested in. They also have a Nursing Home Checklist with tips to use when visiting homes. Second, many states have State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Programs (SHIPS). These programs can help you choose the health care plan that is right for you and your family.
Making a smooth transition
Regular visits by family and friends can make this move easier. This reassures and comforts the person getting used to a new place. Visits are good, too, for keeping an eye on the care that is being given. They also help family to develop a good relationship with the staff caring for their loved one.
FirstGov for Seniors
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Assisted Living Federation of America
Continuing Care Accreditation Commission
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
The National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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Last Editorial Review: 3/23/2006