Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – 10 Helpful Resources About Assisted Living

Assisted Living Tips from ElderCare at Home

Finding information about assisted living residences in your area will require some digging. Online resources can speed up your search.  You can also enlist the help of a professional Aging Life Care Manager who can help save time and avoid costly mistakes.

 

Here are 10 helpful resources about Assisted Living:

 

  1.  For an overview of senior housing options – AARP offers comprehensive information on independent living and nursing homes, as well as on assisted living.
  2. To start your search for an assisted living facility – Caring.com. Click ‘Assisted Living’, then enter your zip code to find facilities; listings include communities and services with current state licensing.
  3. If you’re in a hurry to find a residence – A Place for Mom is a referral services that is free for consumers. Be aware that providers pay the site a fee if you move in.
  4. To get help from an aging life care expert – Contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at (561) 588-4545 for assisted living in Palm Beach County.
  5. To check assisted living regulations in your state – the National Center for Assisted Living offers a host of information, including rules for each state.
  6. A starting point for checking assisted living violations can be found at A Place for Mom. Click on your state to find out how to obtain inspection reports.
  7. To contact your local state long-term-care ombudsman – Visit the National Long-term-Care Ombudsman Resource Center. Use the map tool to locate links for your state.
  8. To get a legal review of your contract – the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Click ‘Consumer Resources’, then ‘Find an Attorney’.
  9. For the basics on long-term care benefits – Visit LongTermCare.gov. This federal website provides an overview of long-term care, as well as links to Medicare and Medicaid information.
  10. For first-person insight into assisted living – “The Thin Edge of Dignity” by Dick Weinman, a retired professor of broadcast communications at Oregon State University, became wheelchair-bound in 2005 after a car crash. In this short documentary, he describes his personal experience with assisted living and how he manages to stay active.