Added August 28, 2007
Long Term Care
Nursing Homes, Home Care, Community-Based
Services, Support for Caregiver
Communication Review v6n2
(Also called Skilled Nursing Facilities)
Finding and Choosing Nursing Homes
This page on the
Medicare website offers links with a variety of information about nursing homes. To
find and compare Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing homes anywhere in
the United States and view comparison information, click on the 'Nursing Home Compare' link.
Joint Commission On Accrediting Healthcare Organizations
'General Public' then on 'Helping You Choose Guides'
National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Highlight 'Fact Sheets' then on "A Consumer guide to Choosing Nursing
This organization maintains a national watch
list of nursing homes that have been cited for violations or complaints
that patients actually have been harmed or are in danger of being harmed.
Overseeing Care of Institutionalized Loved Ones
Friends And Relatives of Institutionalized
This organization seeks to improve the lot of
nursing home residents by "...helping friends and relatives become
more informed and effective caregivers for the needs of their loved ones."
In part, they do this through their free telephone helpline (M - F, 10am -
5pm) and publications that include "Comprehensive Care Planning: A Family
guide to Effective Participation." To find this free copy, click on
'Publications.' Visit this site to learn more about their offerings.
National Family Caregiver Association
Among other helpful offerings, this site has
tip sheets and how-to guides for choosing nursing homes, taking charge and
communicating with healthcare professionals. To find these, click on
'Caregiver Resources' then 'Tips and Guides.'
Finding and Choosing Home Care
This site offers links for finding and
comparing all medicare-certified home health care agencies in the U.S.
American Cancer Society
Enter 'Home Care Agency' in search box, the
click 'GO' for links to information about finding Home care agencies,
questions to ask when considering specific agencies and more.
Click on 'Healthy Living' then 'Senior
Health' and then 'Health care options' for information about home care,
long term care, questions to ask when considering home care services and
Visit or call this service to find phone
numbers of local and state agencies that can tell you what services are in
Adult Day Care Centers
This site is a joint project of the Santa Monica, CA Rotary Club and the
Center for Healthy Aging. A great deal of information can be found there,
including explanations of Adult Day Care options and questions to ask when
checking them out. Once there, click on 'Challenges of Aging', then on
'Adult Day Care.'
Senior Companion Programs
This program sends senior citizens to homes
of other seniors who need some companionship. To find out about this
service and whether it is available in your community, click on 'Senior
Corps' then 'Senior Companion Program' and then 'Visit The Senior Corps
Site to Learn More About Senior Companions.' Instructions for learning if
your state and community offer this program are at the bottom of the page.
Meals On Wheels
Meals On Wheels Association of America
This is a federal nutrition program for the homebound
elderly. To find the meals on wheels programs nearest you, visit this site
and click on ‘Find Meals Near You!’
Information and Support for Family Caregivers
Finding Geriatric Care Managers
National Association of Professional Care Managers
Geriatric care managers (also know as senior care
managers) can help long-distance family caregivers make sure their elderly
loved ones are getting the care they need. Visit this site to learn more
about what Geriatric Care Managers do and to find listings of those near
Information and Support
The Family Care Alliance
Friends and Relatives of Institutionalized Aged (FRIA)
National Family Caregiver Support Program