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PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES


Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)
A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for vulnerable older people. CARIE provides consumer representation, advocacy and education. Information is available to consumers and professionals about how to choose a nursing home, consumer rights, preventing elder abuse and other valuable resources.


(215)545-5728 or (800)356-3606


Long Term Care in Pennsylvania
A website sponsored by the Pennsylvania Departments of Aging, Health and Welfare, where one will find valuable and comprehensive information about various long-term care services. You can learn about assessing your needs, availability of care, paying for care, consumer rights and how to find a provider.


(866)286-3636


PANPHA
Represents over 360 nonprofit providers of long-term care and housing services for 65,000 elderly residents across Pennsylvania. The Association is committed to helping its members provide quality care efficiently and effectively for the individuals and families they serve.


(717)763-5372


Pennsylvania Association of County Affiliated Homes
Represents public nursing homes in most Pennsylvania counties.


(717)232-7554


Pennsylvania Health Care Association
Represents more than 300 nursing facilities and personal care homes and hundreds of businesses providing long term care products and services.
(717)221-1800


The Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Oversees many services and benefits to older Pennsylvanians - most provided through 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). Also conducts pre-admission screening for nursing homes, provide long-term care ombudsman services to take complaints from those living in nursing homes.


(717)783-1550


The Pennsylvania Department of Health
Responsible for licensing and surveying facilities to ensure they are meeting regulations.


Complaint line: (800)254-5164
Other inquiries: (717)787-1816


DELAWARE RESOURCES


Delaware Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
Represents not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and community service organizations operating in New Jersey.


(302)777-0130


Delaware Health Care Facilities Association
Represents licensed nursing, sub-acute care, adult medical day care, assisted living, comprehensive personal care and residential health care facilities in the state of Delaware.


(302)235-6895


Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection
Promotes the quality of care, safety and security of people living in long term care facilities and ensures facilities' compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations designed to protect these residents.


Complaint line: (877)453-0012
Other inquiries: (302)577-6661


Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD)
Provides a broad range of programs and services in Delaware including information about choosing a nursing home and it sponsors the long-term care Ombudsman Program.


(800)223-9074


NEW JERSEY RESOURCES


Division of Senior Affairs
Part of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, it's mission is to improve the quality of life, and to support the independence and dignity of New Jersey's older residents. The agency oversees the Area Agencies on Aging in New Jersey and administers the long-term care Ombudsman Program.


(800)792-8820


Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ)
A non-profit, trade association dedicated to enhancing long term health care represents more than 275 licensed nursing, sub-acute care, adult medical day care, assisted living, comprehensive personal care and residential health care facilities, employing some 35,000 individuals and caring for as many patients and residents across the state.


(609)890-8700


New Jersey Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging
Represents not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and community service organizations operating in New Jersey.


(609)452-1161


New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Licenses and regulates nursing homes in New Jersey.


Complaint line: (800)792-9770
Other inquiries: (609)633-9051

 

 

SeniorWise Care Management offers professional, certified geriatric care managers to guide families and their loved ones through the maze of long-term care options and choices. SeniorWise Care Management's mission is to help older adults remain independent and safe in their own home, for as long as possible. Services include: comprehensive in-home client assessment, family/caregiver consultation and ongoing Geriatric Care Management. SeniorWise Care Management is a non-hospice program within the Samaritan Family of Services. To find out more about SeniorWise Care Management and arrange for an assessment, call 856-522-5166 or visit www.seniorwisecare.org.


NATIONAL RESOURCES


American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA)
Consists of more than 5,600 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and community service organizations. More than half of AAHSA's members are religiously sponsored.


(202)783-2242


American Healthcare Association (AHCA)
A federation of state health organizations, representing nearly 12,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, and sub-acute care providers nationally.


(202)842-4444


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Provides an interactive tool that allows Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers to access comparison information about nursing homes. Contains information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including over 17,000 nationwide.


Medicare's Website
Offers the Nursing Home Compare database, with information about every Medicare/Medicaid certified nursing home in the country, organized by state, county and city.


National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Represents residents, families and advocates across the country including long-term care ombudsman. The organization provides valuable consumer information.


(202)332-2275


Total Living Choices
Online service that matches your needs and preferences in a living arrangement with facilities in any community, by type of facility desired, location, price range and individual preferences. Also offers resources and information for staying in your own home. Facilities are rated and virtual and personal tours can be arranged online.


Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
A booklet available from the Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
(800)633-4227


RELATED BOOKS


Changing Places: A Journey with My Parents Into Their Old Age, by Judy Kramer. Riverhead Books, 2000.


Choosing a Nursing Home: A Step-by-Step Guide, by Rick Wilfong. ZWI and Associates, 2000.


Choosing Medical Care in Old Age: What Kind, How Much, When to Stop, by Muriel Gillick. Harvard University Press, 1994.


Consumer Reports Complete Guide to Seniors: What You and Your Family Need to Know About Finding and Financing, Medicare, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Home Care, Adult Day Care, Trudy Lieberman, editor. Consumer Reports, 2000.