For more help choosing long-term care or long-term care insurance, use the following contacts.
A Consumer’s Guide to Nursing Facilities
A free brochure from the American Health Care Association that can help you to find and pick a care facility that will meet your needs.
The toll-free hotline helps older Americans and caregivers locate local support resources that enable older people to remain independent in their own homes, including visiting nurses, home-delivered meals, respite services for caregivers, and chore services. This directory is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 8 PM Eastern time.
(800) MEDICARE (633-4227)
www.medicare.gov (Click on “Nursing Homes”)
While Medicare may not pay for custodial care, the Medicare Web site does have a section devoted to nursing homes that includes checklists and an interactive nursing home comparison tool. You can also download or call for such helpful publications as the “Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home.”
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
2301 McGee, Suite 800
Kansas City, MO 64108
The Association is the organization of state insurance regulators, those charged primarily to protect the interests of insurance consumers. They publish a number of insurance guides for consumers including “A Shopper’s Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance.”