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LTC Useful Links

There are so many wonderful organizations that deal with the issue of long-term care, and many were founded just to help caregivers. Long-term care insurance is a critical part of a family’s financial plan, but primary caregivers need a tremendous amount of spiritual and emotional support. The following list is by no means exhaustive and I update it when I see particularly worthy organizations that I can recommend.

Aging:

Administration on Aging: www.aoa.gov

Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org

American Association of Retired Persons: www.aarp.org

BenefitsCheckUp: www.benefitscheckup.org – Free nationwide service provided by the National Council on the Aging that includes a database of about 1,000 federal and state programs available to help older people. While most programs are targeted to low-income seniors, some benefits are based strictly on age.

Gerontological Society of America: www.geron.org

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (520-881-8008): www.caremanager.org

National Council on Aging: www.ncoa.org

Assisted Living:

Assisted Living Federation of America: www.alfa.org

National Center for Assisted Living: www.ncal.org

Caregiver:

 Alzheimer’s Care Today:  http://www.alzheimerscaretoday.com/

Caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients: www.HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com

Today’s Caregiver Magazine: www.caregiver.com

Nursing Schools Directory: www.nurseslink.org

The Parent Care Solution www.parentcaresolution.com/

Elder Law:

ElderLawAnswers.com: Created by a nationwide network of attorneys, ElderLawAnswers.com provides consumers with clear information on legal issues facing seniors. Consumers may find attorneys by searching by area code or city. The information on the site includes primers on Medicaid, Medicare, estate planning and long-term care planning. Handy tools include checklists on decisions seniors and their families must make, including buying long-term care insurance and choosing a nursing home. The site includes a dedicated search engine for finding elder law answers on the Internet. The telephone number is (617) 556-0055.

Elder Law Education: www.elderlaweducation.com/

         ElderWeb (award winning Online Eldercare Sourcebook): www.elderweb.com

National Senior Citizens Law Center: www.nsclc.org

Home Health Care:

Comfort Keepers: www.comfortkeepers.com

Home Instead, Inc. www.HomeInstead.com

Homecare Online: www.nahc.org

Whole Care Connections: www.WholeCareConnections.com

Medicare & Medicaid Information:

Click Here for State Medicaid Websites

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (formerly Health Care Financing Administration) – www.cms.gov

One of the most useful services on this site is “Nursing Home Compare – National Nursing Home Database” … find it at: www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/

Nursing Home Injury Laws: www.nursinghomeinjurylaws.com

SeniorHomes.com: www.seniorhomes.com

          Sharp Seniors: www.sharpseniors.com

More:

American Health Care Association brochure, “Having the Conversation about Long-Term Care.”

Prescription Assistance Programs http://www.disabilityresources.org/RX.html

Senior Site www.seniorsite.com

Urban Institute: www.urban.org

Government Web Sites:

Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality: www.ahcpr.gov

General Accounting Office: www.gao.gov

National Center for Health Statistics: www.cdc.gov

Thomas, U.S. Congress on the Internet: http://thomas.loc.gov

U.S. Census Bureau: www.census.gov