There may come a time when you or your loved one can no longer care for themselves independently. Finding care may seem difficult or even overwhelming at first. Whether you’re seeking care for yourself, or for a loved one such as a spouse, parent or sibling, Care Conversations™ can help you every step of the way. The resources here are designed to help seniors and their family members find answers to questions like:
Is care needed?
What are my options?
How do I choose?
How can I plan and prepare?
Where can I find more resources?
How do I start a care conversation?
At Care Conversations.org
you'll find resources for starting the conversation, planning, preparing, and paying for long term servcies and supports. The resources provide information and insight that you'll need to decide what level of care - nursing facility, assisted living program, residential care facility or other types of long term services and supports - best fit your or your loved one's needs. The website will help you find the right care where you need it.
CARE KIT Builder
Care Conversation's interactive tool, the Care Kit Builder
, is designed to help patients, residents and their families make a long term care plan, wherever they may be in the planning process. By answering a series of questions, the Care Kit Builder generates a personalized toolkit that connects families with resources and advice to help navigate their loved one’s long term care options.
As your patients and residents begin to gather with their families for the holidays, share the Care Kit Builder with them to help ensure they have the knowledge and guidance to build a plan that’s right for them.
Our listing of Family Resources directs consumers to links and resources on long term care and aging. Also be sure to visit the resources listed below.
Find a NF or AL Facility
This Facility Finder can help you find a facility for yourself or a loved one. Types of facilities include: nursing homes, assisted living programs, elder group homes, and more.
Home Care and Hospice Locator
Finding the right provider does not have to be difficult. The Home Care/Hospice Agency Locator contains the most comprehensive database of more than 20,000 home care and hospice agencies. Use this resource to find all the agencies in any particular area of the country.
Administration for Community Living (ACL)
Provides tools to assist older adults and those who support them in navigating the range of services and options available to seniors.
Eldercare Locator: eldercare.acl.gov
Eldercare Locator Call Center: 800-677-1116
A Guide for Older People: Talking with Your Doctor
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) resource covers helpful topics like choosing a doctor including questions and a checklist to guide a resident's decision. The guide includes tips on getting ready for a doctor's appointment and worksheets for residents or families to complete prior to the appointment to ensure important information is shared. The resource provides information on how to be involved with health care decisions and what questions to ask when considering different treatments, learning about prevention, and exercise. Other important topics included are: how to evaluate online health information, discussing sensitive subjects with a health care professional, hospitalizations, and advance directives.