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 for Community Living: www.acl.gov

Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA): www.leadingage.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

Aging Life Care Association (Formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) (520-881-8008) for unbiased help finding local care providers for a cost-effective fee: www.aginglifecare.org

Aging In Place: www.aginginplace.org

National Council on Aging: www.ncoa.org

SeniorHomes.com: www.seniorhomes.com

Sharp Seniors: www.sharpseniors.com

Assisted Living:

About Assisted Living.Org: www.aboutassistedliving.org (includes state-specific info about assisted living facilities)

Assisted Living Federation of America: www.alfa.org

National Center for Assisted Living: www.ncal.org

Caregiver:

Alzheimer’s Care Today: www.alzheimerscaretoday.com

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

Today’s Caregiver Magazine: www.caregiver.com

Nursing Schools Directory: www.nurseslink.org

Elder Law:

Elder Law Answers: www.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.

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

National Senior Citizens Law Center: www.nsclc.org

Home Health Care (some provide live-in care):

Comfort Keepers: www.comfortkeepers.com

Home Instead, Inc.: www.homeinstead.com

Homecare Online: agencylocator.nahc.org

Visiting Angels: www.visitingangels.com

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

More:

Prescription Assistance Programs: www.goodrx.com

Reverse Mortgages: www.reversemortgagenation.com

National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association: www.reversemortgage.org

Urban Institute: www.urban.org

Government Web Sites:

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

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development: www.hud.gov

Government Accountability Office: www.gao.gov

National Center for Health Statistics: www.cdc.gov

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

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

State Medicaid Websites

Every state has a specific medicare and medicaid program when it comes to long term care insurance and long term care needs. Please find your state and the link to your state’s specific information on long term care.

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