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Care Issues


Long Term Care: Support for Family Caregivers
Source: Georgetown University (2004)
Content Type: PDF
Many people who are disabled or elderly are unable to care for themselves throughout their everyday lives. Therefore, caregivers are needed to help them with these tasks (i.e. bathing, eating, getting dressed, etc). Most of these caregivers are family members and friends. This article gives an overview of the tasks performed and resources available for caregivers.

Family Caregiver Resources
Source: Ask Medicare
Content Type: webpage
Resources on family and community caregivers and resources available to them

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Source: National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Content Type: Website
The NCCNHR is a group of consumers and advocates working to achieve quality for people with long-term care needs. The organization website includes extensive resources on long-term care including advocacy tool-kits.

Nursing Homes

Long Term Care Stats (OSCAR Data)
Source: American Health Care Association (AHCA)
Content Type: Webpage - The statistics are provided by Online Survey, Certification, and Reporting (OSCAR).
It provides statistics on nursing facilities — operational characteristics reports, patient charateristics reports, intermediate care facilities for individuals, etc.

The Hight Cost of Poor Care
Source: National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care
Content Type: PDF report
Report on the risks and potenial costs of cutting back on basic care in nursing homes.

Nursing Home Admission Agreements
Source: National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Content Type: Manual
Common admission agreement problems based on a study of 175 nursing home admission agreements. The guide is meant to inform and empower nursing home residents.

20 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them
Source: National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Content Type: Article
A guide on how to take positive action dealing with nursing home problems. It decodes the law in easy-to-follow language, citing chapter and verse.

ADRCs (Aging & Disability Resource Center)

ADRC Technical Assistance Exchange Website
Source: Aging and Disability Resource Center
Content Type: Website
The ADRC website includes resources to support state agencies, community organizations and advocates working in the long term service system.

Assisted Living

State by State policies and practices for assisted living
Source: Long Term Care Community Coalition
Content type: Web page
Web site with extensive resources on assisted living including state by state charts of assisted living policies and regulatory information.

Paying for Assisted Living
Source: National Senior Citizens Law Center
Content Type: Article
Consumer focused article on the options available to pay for assisted living.

Assisted Living Strategies
Source: National Senior Citizens Law Center
Content Type: Article
Strategies to deal with problems in assisted living.

For More Information

More information on this topic might be found in the following areas of the Legal Issues library:
Elder Abuse
Medical Decision Making