Government Sites Medicare.gov. An all-purpose site with interactive tools for planning and paying for long-term care and choosing among drug plans. Includes searchable inspection results, good and bad, for the all the nation's skilled nursing facilities. NIHSeniorHealth.gov. A collaboration of the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine that provides authoritative information on all diseases and disorders of old age. Each section is available in both large-type and audio versions. National Institute on Aging. Describes ongoing research on aging and lists clinical trials seeking participants. Eldercare Locator. Links to state and local ombudsmen and agencies serving the elderly. U.S. Administration on Aging. Brief fact sheets on aging and links to outside resources for an assortment of caregiving issues, including financial planning, residential options, in-home services, case management and the law. Homemods.org. Advice on home renovation from the University of Southern California. UCompareHealthCare. Free search by location for nursing homes, plus data on quality, staffing and outcomes from government sources. National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). A not-for-profit, professional association dedicated to assisting older adults with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. www.cms.hhs.govOfficial web site Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services www.socialsecurity.govFor information about the four Social Security Benefits-Retirement, Survivors, Disability, and Medicare www.cdc.govOfficial web site for The Center for Disease Control & Prevention, online source for credible health information www.aoa.govweb site designed for comprehensive overview of wide variety of topics, programs, and services related to aging www.nia.nih.govU.S. National Institutes of Health & National Institute on Aging-information on research, database of national organizations which provide help to older people, publications www.ada.govU.S. Dept. of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act web site
Durable Medical Equipment & Assistive Technology www.disabilityresources.orgSubject guide to the best disability resources on the internetwww.asmrehab.com American Seating & Mobility-scooters, power chairs, specialty rehab; Billings, Montana www.aasimontana.comAccess Ability Solutions, Inc.-Elevators, lifts; Hamilton, Montana www.nwhc.org/kmeKalispell Medical Equipment-respiratory & durable medical equipment provider-ambulatory aids, bathroom equipment, oxygen supplies. Serving residents within 100 miles of Kalispell; owned by Northwest Healthcare www.wisdomking.comThe largest physical therapy online store, providing a wide variety of physical therapy supplies and rehabilitation products.
State of Montana www.montana211.orgResources identified in Montana by United Way, as listed in the annual Answer Book www.mtadv.orgProtects and advocates for the rights of Montanans with mental & physical disabilities; provides advocates & attorneys for disability related issues) www.montanalawhelp.org Legal information, legal & community resources MT Informed Patient is dedicated to providing Montana's health care consumers with information, resources and tools that will enable consumers to make better informed health care decisions. Caregiving Family Caregiver Alliance. Offers tips on a wide range of topics, including how to hire help, hold a family meeting, balance work and caregiving, find important papers, and decide whether parents should move in with an adult child. National Alliance for Caregiving. Reviews of more than 1,000 books, videos, Web sites and links. National Family Caregivers Association. Provides statistics, research and policy reports, tip sheets, first-person accounts, a newsletter and an exhaustive resource list. Family Caregiving 101. A separate "how-to" site by the NFCA with advice on time management, asking for help, navigating the health care maze and communicating with insurance companies and hospitals. MetLife Mature Market InstituteReports from a research arm of the insurance company on the price of assisted living, the strains of long-distance caregiving, and the cost to employers of baby boomer employees involved in eldercare. Strength for CaringA site for family caregivers from Johnson & Johnson with original articles written by experts and how-to materials. www.aoa.govWeb site designed for comprehensive overview of wide variety of topics, programs, and services related to aging www.ialcp.orgWeb site for the International Association of Life Care Planners-find members here www.caregiving.comSite for caregivers www.caregiver911.comSite for caregivers, link for subscription to Today’s Caregiver bi-monthly magazine and/or newsletter www.eldercarelink.comSite for elder care resources
www.aarp.org Web site for the American Association of Retired Persons
Health Care Agencies www.disabilityresources.orgSubject guide to the best disability resources on the internet www.cdc.govOfficial web site for The Center for Disease Control & Prevention, online source for credible health information www.ialcp.orgWeb site for the International Association of Life Care Planners www.aoa.govWeb site designed for comprehensive overview of wide variety of topics, programs, and services related to aging
End of Life The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. An excellent search tool for finding a hospice, as well as guides on issues related to palliative care, including Medicare coverage and techniques for communicating end-of-life wishes. Caring Connections. Contains of the consumer information from NHPCO and has state-by-state advance directive forms.
Hospice Foundation of America. Information on end-of-life issues, such as pain management. One section called "Caregivers Corner" has links, reading lists and a self-assessment tool for caregivers to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses.
Advocacy AARP. Political position papers, member discounts, demographic research, online versions of its bulletin, and magazine and consumer advice. Center for Medicare Advocacy. Detailed information about what Medicare covers, and how to enroll and, if necessary, appeal denial of claims. Medicare Rights Center. A similar tutorial on how this government health care program for the elderly works. A link to the Kaiser Family Foundation's "Medicare 101" and a hotline for questions and complaints. National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Articles on caregiving, policy reports, and links to eldercare service agencies. The National Committe to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Acts in the best interests of its members through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts, and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. Their efforts are directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.