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Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home

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Overview

This official government booklet explains:

! How to find and compare nursing homes
! How to pay for nursing home care
! Your nursing home resident rights
! Alternatives to nursing home care

The “Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home” is prepared by the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS and states oversee the
quality of nursing homes. State and Federal government agencies certify
nursing homes to participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

Table of Contents
Section 1: Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Before you get started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
If you’re helping another person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
If you have Medicare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
How to use this booklet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Where to get help with your questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Section 2: Choosing the Type of Care You Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Agencies that can help with long-term care choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Alternative long-term care choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Section 3: Steps to Choosing a Nursing Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Step 1: Find out about nursing homes in your area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Step 2: Compare the quality of the nursing homes you’re considering. . . . 16
Step 3: Visit the nursing homes you’re interested in, or have someone
visit for you. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
!e Nursing Home Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Step 4: Choose the nursing home that meets your needs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Section 4: Paying for Nursing Home Care and!Other!Health!Care!Costs . . . 41
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Personal resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Help from your state (Medicaid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Long-term care insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
New—"e Community Living Assistance Services
and Supports (CLASS) Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Medicare for your health care and prescription drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Section 5: Living in the Nursing Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Care plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Reporting and resolving problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Your resident rights and protections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Section 6: For More Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Free booklets on Medicare, Medicaid, and
related topics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
For information on speci%c questions and diseases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Section 7: De"nitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Section 8: Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014352376
  • Publisher: Syed Arshad Gillani
  • Publication date: 5/26/2012
  • Series: Government Health Guides , #20
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 643 KB

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