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Choosing Long-Term Care

Sources of Additional Information

A Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
Has sections on gathering information, visiting nursing homes, and residents' rights and quality of life. Includes phone lists for State ombudsmen, State survey agencies, and insurance counseling. 47 pages. Free.

Medicare: 1-800-633-4227
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Resource Directory for Older People
The Administration on Aging and National Institute on Aging offers lists of hundreds of organizations, names, and phone numbers, including State agencies on aging and State long-term care ombudsmen programs. Not available in print.

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American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Offers a series of pamphlets on nursing homes, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, community services, housing options for older people, and understanding Medicare managed care. Free.

Telephone: 1-800-675-9253
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How to Choose a Home Care Provider
Explains who provides what kind of care, the various services offered, who pays for services. Has billing and payment information. Lists patients' rights, accrediting agencies, and State resources and information. Free.

National Association for Home Care
Telephone: 202-547-7424
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Nursing Home Life: A Guide for Residents and Families
Includes first-hand accounts from residents and family members. Topics include adjusting to nursing home life; services and staff; getting what you need; and dealing with poor care. Has useful appendices and resource lists. 44 pages. Free.

The American Association of Retired Persons
601 E. St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20049
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Choosing a Nursing Home and All About Home Health
Available on-line from Health Pages.

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Provides a gateway to reliable consumer health information from the Federal Government and other organizations.

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WebMD Public Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on December 12, 2012

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