ERIC Number: ED312567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Making Wise Decisions for Long-Term Care.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
This booklet offers simple descriptions of each of the long-term care services that may be available to individuals needing such care, identifies where in the community services might be located, and explains what portions of the costs for each type of service will be paid by Medicare, Medicaid or private supplementary insurance policies. This booklet also includes a worksheet to help evaluate needs and financing options and concludes with a list of other useful publications and resources on the subject. These long-term care financing methods are described: Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, private long-term care insurance, and services provided through the Older Americans Act and Social Services Block Grants. It is recommended that individuals seek help from local Social Security offices, city or county public assistance offices, or local Area Agencies on Aging to find available services and determine eligibility requirements in local communities. The discussion of long-term care is divided into in-home services, community-based services, and institutional care. Home health services include professional medical services, such as nurse visits, and personal care services, such as help with dressing. Community-based services include senior centers, nutrition sites, adult day care, house sharing and respite care. Institutional care falls into three categories: skilled nursing care, intermediate nursing care, and custodial care. Steps in decision-making about long-term care are discussed. A worksheet is provided for planning for long-term care. Sources of information about long-term care are listed. Recommendations about individual rights in this area are provided. (ABL)
Descriptors: Community Services, Decision Making, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Health Insurance, Institutionalized Persons, Long Term Care, Older Adults
American Association of Retired Persons, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.