ERIC Number: ED330786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Nursing Home Life: A Guide for Residents and Families.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
This guide represents part of AARP's comprehensive consumer education effort in the area of long-term care. The purpose of the guide is to provide information for consumers as they look for a nursing home, arrange for admission, and adjust to life in the home after admission. Section 1 introduces the guide. Section 2 describes how to assess needs, including the payment for nursing home care. Section 3 discusses admissions. Section 4 discusses entering and adjusting to nursing home life. Structure, services, and staff are described in section 5. Section 6 describe getting what an individual needs in a nursing home, including the use of an ombudsman or the state licensing and certification office. Section 7 discusses issues of poor care or abuse. Appendix A provides a checklist for selecting a nursing home, including sections on location; general physical characteristics; attitudes and atmosphere; safety; medical, dental, nursing, and dietary services; pharmaceutical services; food services; social services and resident activities; residents' rooms; transportation; and financial considerations. Appendix B provides the nursing home residents' bill of rights as determined by federal legislation. Appendix C describes nursing home staff required by federal regulations. Appendix D lists addresses and telephone numbers for the National Association of State Units on Aging. Appendix E lists addresses and telephone numbers for state long-term care ombudsman offices. Appendix F lists addresses and telephone numbers for state agencies on licensing and certifications. Appendix G lists 11 publications and 5 organizations as resources. (CML)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Consumer Education, Elder Abuse, Eligibility, Federal Regulation, Guides, Long Term Care, Medical Services, Nursing Homes, Older Adults, Personal Care Homes, Residential Care
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Fulfillment, 1909 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049 (stock no. D13063).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
Note: Document contains colored paper. A Publication of the Health Advocacy Services Program Department.