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Nursing Home Comparison

Nursing home comparison from the Medicare Web site.

This site is excellent for identifying facilities near you. I generally use the zip code search feature and designate a 5 or 10 mile radius. Once you search you will get up to 50 facilities listed with the closest facilities first. You need to look for facilities that accept Medicaid. The lower third section of the second column should say "YES" to indicate that the facility accepts Medicaid. This first screen provides information about the number of beds, whether it is owned by a non-profit corporation and whether there are resident and family councils. You should select up to 10 facilities by checking the box to the left of the listing and click the "NEXT STEP" box. You will then be provided with additional information about the facility such as Quality Measures, Deficiencies in the last Inspection, Nursing hours per resident per day and CNA hours per resident per day. If you want this specific information on more than 10 facilities you will need to start over and select a different 10 facilities the next time. The information provided is a good place to start your search by simply identifying the Nearest facilities that accept Medicaid.

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If you are confused about the new Medicare Part D Drug plan, you are not alone.

These sites have information to help you determine which plan will be best for you. Take your time and get all of the information and do a thorough analysis so that you make the right choice. Don't fret too much, you will be able to change your plan if your situation changes.

Medicare provides counselors over the telephone and may refer you to a local counselor. For the Medicare State Health Insurance Program counselor:

In addition, in Pennsylvania APPRISE is conducting town meetings across the state of Pennsylvania to help you make the right choice regarding Part D. Meeting information can be found at:

Bucks Co. http://pda-apprise.org/meetings/meetinglist.php?CountyID=11
Chester Co. http://pda-apprise.org/meetings/meetinglist.php?CountyID=17
Delaware Co. http://pda-apprise.org/meetings/meetinglist.php?CountyID=25
MontCo. http://pda-apprise.org/meetings/meetinglist.php?CountyID=47
Phila. Co. http://pda-apprise.org/meetings/meetinglist.php?CountyID=52

Othe PA Counties |http://pda-apprise.org/meetings/index.php or you can call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067

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Other Medicare benefits

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When you suspect physical or financial abuse of a senior

In Pennsylvania you should call your Local Area Agency on Aging:

Bucks County Protective Services: (800) 243-3767
http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/HumanServices/Aging/index.aspx
Chester County Protective Services: (800) 564-7000 or (610) 344-6610
http://dsf.chesco.org/aging/site/default.asp
Delaware County Protective Services: (610)872-1219 or (610) 622-9284
www.delcosa.org
Montgomery County Protective Services: (800) 734-2020
http://www.montcopa.org/mcaas/
Philadelphia County Protective Services: (215) 765-9033
http://www.pcaphl.org/

Other PA Counties can be found at http://www.aging.state.pa.us/aging/cwp/view.asp?A=275&Q=177138

In New Jersey call the County Adult Protective Service Provider

ATLANTIC Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services
Shoreview Building
Room 210
101 South Shore Road
Northfield, NJ 08225
Phone: 609 645-7700 Ext. 4348
Fax: 609 645-5940
After Hrs: 888 426-9243 or 911
BURLINGTON Burlington County Board of Social Services
Human Services Facility
795 Woodlane Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Phone: 609 261-1000 Ext. 4797
Fax: 609 261-9530
After Hrs: 609 267-8500 or 609 234-8888
CAMDEN Camden County Board of Social Services
808 Market Street, Second Floor
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: 856 225-8178/8140
Fax: 856 225-8286
After Hrs. 800 786-5080
CAPE MAY Cape May County Board of Social Services
4005 Route 9
South Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Phone: 609 886-6200 Ext. 358
Fax: 609 889-9332
After Hrs. contact local police or 911
MERCER Mercer County Board of Social Services
200 Woolverton Street
Trenton, NJ 08650
Phone: 609 989-4346
Fax: 609 396-3276
After Hrs: recording- call 911
Other NJ Counties   http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/adultpsp.shtml

A National resource to help those with questions and concerns is http://www.elderabusecenter.org/

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County Resources

In Pennsylvania you should call your Local Area Agency on Aging:

Bucks County http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/HumanServices/Aging/index.aspx
Chester County http://dsf.chesco.org/aging/site/default.asp
Delaware County www.delcosa.org
Montgomery County http://www.montcopa.org/mcaas/
Philadelphia County http://www.pcaphl.org/

Other PA Counties can be found at http://www.aging.state.pa.us/aging/cwp/view.asp?A=275&Q=177138

In New Jersey call the County Office on Aging

Atlantic (609-645-7700 x 4700)
Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services
Shoreview Building, Office 218
101 South Shore Road
Northfield, NJ 08225
Burlington (609-265-5069)
Burlington County Office on Aging
County Office Building
49 Rancocas Road, PO Box 6000
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Camden (856-858-3220)
Camden County Division of Senior & Disabled Services
Parkview on the Terrace
700 Browning Road, Suite 11
W. Collingswood, NJ 08107
Cape May (609-886-2784/2785)
Cape May County Department of Aging
Social Services Building
4005 Route 9, South
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Mercer (609-989-6661/6662)
Mercer County Office on Aging
640 S. Broad Street
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068

Other NJ Counties http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/sa_aaa.shtml or call 877-222-3737

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Veterans Benefits

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/Click on the benefits tab
New Jersey Veterans Affairs http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/health.html
Pennsylvania Veterans Affairs http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Military_Affairs/va/

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Keeping an elder loved one at home as long as possible.

Elder Care

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Do you think your loved one is being over medicated?

Families often report to me that their parent was fine until a doctor at a facility started prescribing a multitude of medications not previously taken by their parent. This site states that "According to Consumer Reports on Health, "Any new health problem in an older person should be considered drug induced until proven otherwise."" If you think the problem with your older parent or loved one is medication, don't back down and keep pushing until you get an answer and are satisfied. If you can't get the doctor to address the issue – get another doctor and check out this website
http://www.aging-parents-and-elder-care.com/Pages/Prescription_Drugs.html

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Meals on Wheels

This site helps you find meals on wheels programs near you.

PA http://www.mealcall.org/meals-on-wheels/pa/
NJ http://www.mealcall.org/meals-on-wheels/nj/
Other States http://www.mealcall.org/meals-on-wheels/index.htm

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Advanced Health Care Directives

This is an excellent resource which explains the living will/advanced health care directive very well. I recommend that anywhere there is a line for you to indicate your choice that you indicate your choice with your initials rather than a checkmark. Before you start read this first: http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageid=3463

Then get the forms and read the instructions carefully.

PA http://www.caringinfo.org/files/public/Pennsylvania.pdf
NJ http://www.caringinfo.org/files/public/NewJersey.pdf
Other States http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageid=3425

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Reverse Mortgages

There is a lot of talk out there about Reverse Mortgages. Beware and be an informed consumer before you sign anything. Be sure you are dealing with a HUD approved lender and that you have been counseled by a HUD approved counselor. Even then, make sure there are not other alternatives that are better than a reverse mortgage. Some resources that can help are:

AARP http://www.aarp.org/money/revmort/
ElderCare - Online http://www.ec-online.net/Knowledge/Articles/reverse.html
Reverse.org http://www.reverse.org/
NCLC http://www.consumerlaw.org/initiatives/seniors_initiative/tips.shtml
SeniorWorld http://www.seniorworld.com/articles/a19980305182239.html

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