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New From the Heinz Family Philanthropies: 10 Questions and Valuable Answers to Help Families Manage Long-Term Care
Date:6/3/2009

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Fact: To optimize your long-term goals for choice and independence and to achieve the highest quality care, you should be educated and informed about how to "manage" those services continuously.

2. Have you documented and shared a list of your goals for an assisted living or nursing home?

Fact: "Independent living" is not about doing things by yourself; it is being in control of how things are done. This includes healthy self-management practices, seeking support services as needed, following your physician's plan for your care, and making sure your loved ones know your desires.

Web resource: http://www.medicare.gov/PHR/Overview.asp

3. Are you prepared to expect and receive "consumer-centered" care?

Fact: No matter the setting or service, your preferences and desires should be respected in the plan of care that results from your provider's personal assessment. Learn more from the NCCNHR: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care web page.

Web resource: www.nccnhr.org

4. If you have chosen to receive services in a nursing home, have you reviewed the annual state inspection report and spoken with the assigned "Ombudsman" at the facility you've chosen?

Fact: Reviewing inspection reports and talking with an Ombudsman in a nursing home or assisted living home can help you get you/your loved one's needs met in a high-quality manner. Also see "How to Choose a Nursing Home" on the Heinz Family web site.

Web resource: www.heinzfamily.org

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