Long Term Care Resources

It is very common and often necessary for elderly members of our society to move into nursing homes or long-term care facilities upon reaching the point in life that they either require constant nursing care or have problems performing daily self care activities.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at least 70 percent of people over the age of 65 will require some long-term care services at some point in their lives.

At Sweeney Law Firm, we are committed to protecting the rights of individuals who suffer harm as a result of negligence in these types of long-term care facilities. We are dedicated to holding nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities accountable for nursing home neglect and abuse.

We are here to help you when you or a loved one is the victim of an irresponsible care facility. We can review a potential negligence case and pursue a nursing home neglect lawsuit when it is needed, but ultimately the best defense against nursing home neglect is to prevent it before it happens. There are many things you can do to help prevent a potential nursing home neglect or abuse situation.

This long-term care resource will help you become more knowledgeable about the care decisions you make for yourself and your family. Be sure to research your care options carefully. The time you spend researching your options now may protect you and your loved ones from a case of negligence at the hands of a poor caregiver in the future.

Resources:

Next Step in Care

www.nextstepincare.org

Becoming An Effective Advocate for Care
www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/since-you-care-guides/mmi-becoming-effective-advocate-care.pdf

Assessment Tools:

Medicare Chart
www.medicare.gov/LongTermCare/Static/Step1.asp?dest=NAV%7CSteps%7CStepsOverview%7CStep1

Culture Change:

The Pioneer Network
www.pioneernetwork.org

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice)
www.theconsumervoice.org/sites/default/files/advocate/Culture-Change-in-Nursing-Homes.pdf

Housing:

N4a Senior Housing Locator
www.seniorhousinglocator.org

Disability.gov
www.disability.gov

Financial and Health Care Planning:

American Bar Association (ABA)
http://new.abanet.org/aging/Pages/Onlinepublicationsconsumers.aspx.

Paying for Long-Term Care:

Benefits Check Up www.benefitscheckup.org

Medicaid Reference Desk
www.thedesk.info

National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information
www.longtermcare.gov/LTC/Main_Site/Paying_LTC/Private_Programs/LTC_Insurance/index.aspx

Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA)
www.medicareadvocacy.org

Medicare Rights Center (MRC)
www.medicarerights.org

Medicare and Home Health Care
www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10969.pdf

The Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Center
www.pascenter.org/pas_users/index.php

The MetLife Aging in Place Workbook: Your Home as a Care Setting
www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/2010/mmi-aging-place-workbook.pdf

Assisted Living/Group Homes:

Thinking of Moving to an Assisted Living Residence?
www.assisted-living411.org

Resident’s Guide for Assisted Living.
www.assisted-living411.org

Nursing Homes:

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice)
www.theconsumervoice.org,

Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes
www.nhqualitycampaign.org

Nursing Homes: Getting Good Care There
www.theconsumervoice.org/catalog/nursing-home-getting-good-care-there.

Hospice:

Medicare Hospice Benefits - Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/02154.pdf

Other Organizations:

AARP
www.aarp.org

The Alzheimer’s Association
www.alz.org

Alzheimer’s Foundation
www.alzfdn.org

The Arc
www.thearc.org

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

www.aucd.org

Brain Injury Association of America (BIA)

www.biausa.org

Easter Seals
www.easterseals.com

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
www.nami.org

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
www.n4a.org

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
www.ncoa.org

National Empowerment Network (NEC)
www.power2u.org

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
www.ucp.org

Disability Rights Network
www.napas.org

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
www.nasuad.org

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
www.theconsumervoice.org

The Consumer Voice
http://www.theconsumervoice.org/piecing-together-quality-long-term-care/resources