Kline Galland Online Information Center*

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Factsheet: Care Conferences and the Care Team

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

Information about care conferences--when are they held? Who should attend? What is the role of resident and family?


Factsheet: Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

What to look for, assessing your needs, paying for care; includes a selection checklist.


Factsheet: Helping Someone Move to a Long-Term Care Facility

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

How family and friends can help before, during and after the move. Includes suggestions to help the person continue to feel connected after the move.


Factsheet: Safeguarding Resident Property

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

Why resident belongings are so important; how items get lost; tips for keeping property safe.


Factsheet: The Nursing Home Decision

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

Discusses the decision-making process, including levels of care, payment options, and helping the person look at the move as a positive choice.


Factsheet: Visiting Someone in a Nursing Facility

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

Why visits are important; practical tips for a successful visit; dealing with difficult situations.


Factsheet: Your Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

The role of the long-term care ombudsman; working together to solve problems; other resources.


Factsheet: Your Rights as a Long Term Care Resident

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

Covers basic resident rights, including dignity and respect, information and choice, privacy and confidentiality. Also examines resident responsibilities.


Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Description:

Online booklet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; also includes information about residents' rights.


Helping Your Loved One Transition to Skilled Nursing Care

Source: American Health Care Association

Description:

Information for family members of long-term care facility residents; covers practical and emotional challenges.


Making the Transition to Nursing Facility Life

Source: American Health Care Association

Description:

With love, understanding, help and planning, the uncertainty of entering and adjusting to life in a nursing facility can be greatly minimized.


National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

Description:

Information for persons serving as advocates for residents' rights and quality care. Includes a searchable directory.


Nursing Facility Move-In Checklist

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

Three-part form to help you or your loved one make a smooth transition to living and receiving care in a nursing facility.


Nursing Home Compare

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Description:

Searchable information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.


Resident/Family Care Conference Worksheet

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

Form for organizing your notes before and during a nursing home care conference.


Worksheet for Evaluating a Nursing Facility

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners

Description:

When choosing between long-term care facilities, use this checklist to compare the available choices.


* The resources identified here are for informational purposes only, and do not constitute medical or legal advice. Readers are advised to contact their own medical professionals and legal advisors to determine the applicability of the information contained or referenced here to their individual circumstances.