A couple months ago I recommended some resources that both the Library and other organizations provide for locating credible information for the loved one under your care. The following are some more free resources that help assist with the process of selecting a new home for your loved one and managing their wellbeing after they’ve moved. While this endeavor can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming, these tools can help simplify the process and assist you with devising a plan:
PA Care Finder
Available from the PA Health Care Association, this tool provides an interactive directory for locating different care facilities throughout the state. Users can search for housing by facility type and zip code to narrow results that apply to different needs. The tool can also be used to locate other services including adult day care programs, rehab facilities, and dialysis centers.
Locate an Ombudsman (The National Consumer Voice)
Another interactive tool for locating an ombudsman advocate to help monitor your loved one’s care in a facility and help ensure that their residential rights are being enforced. Users can select their state for finding which agency to contact for local assistance.
Elder Care Helper Guide: Making Sense of Long-Term Care by Susan Cherco
Written by a professional case manager and former caregiver for her mother, this book offers a guide for those starting the process of deciding which living situation best suits the needs of their loved one. The guide is divided into the categories of home care, assisted living, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities. Checklists guiding the user on the planning process are also included.