The following are links to resources for caregivers of nursing home, assisted living, and other elder care facilities:
Assisted Living Facility Resources
Assisted Living Bill of Rights, provided through Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Consumer Information Guide to Assisted Living by Minnesota Department of Health.
Assisted Living Quality Reviews by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Questions to Ask when Visiting an Assisted Living Facility, by Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Need Assisted Living? A brochure by the Minnesota Board of Aging.
Memory Care Facility Resources
Time Slips (creative story telling for persons with dementia), provided through Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Naomi Fei – Validation, provided through Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Home Care Bill of Rights, provided through Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman
Caregiver and Elder Advocacy Organizations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors The National Center on Elder Abuse, NCEA which has a website with information concerning elder abuse, elder abuse reporting numbers, and links to other related resources.
The Minnesota Board on Aging is a state sponsored non-profit organization that provides resources and facilities senior services.
Senior Linkage Line is the Board on Aging’s free statewide information and assistance service. The Senior LinkAge Line service is provided by six Area Agencies on Aging that cover all 87 counties of Minnesota and helps you to connect to local services. The Senior LinkAge Line’s toll free number is 1-800-333-2433.
Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota – North Dakota Chapter
a very active advocacy organization, offering education and training for individuals who provide care for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act, a brochure by Minnesota Board on Aging.
Resources for Resident’s and Family of Nursing Homes – Long Term Care Facilities
Elder Care Rights Alliance ERCA, part of Tubman, ECRA / Tubman promotes individualized, respectful, safe, and healthy care for Minnesota’s vulnerable adults and the aging population. ECRA empowers and educates these clients, their families, caregivers, and professionals. ECRA also offers Care Professionals free or low cost training.
The Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care was formed as NCCNHR (National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform) in 1975 because of public concern about substandard care in nursing homes. NCCNHR helped with the writing of The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act or OBRA ’87 which creates a set of national minimum set of standards of care and rights for people living in certified nursing facility. Their webpage has a variety of valuable information regarding the reduction and prevention of elder abuse and neglect.
Minnesota Nursing Home Bills of Rights, provided by the Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, Nursing Home Compare provides the user with assistance in finding a nursing home based upon particular criteria such as the types of care and rehabilitation provided, location and past history of the facility.
Minnesota Department of Health, Nursing Home Report Card provides a way to compare nursing homes in Minnesota based upon the quality of care provided in the facility as determined by the facility’s survey and complaint history.
Tips for Choosing a Nursing Home provided by Eldercare Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Eldercare Locator, is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging to locates resources for older adults in other states. 1-800-677-1116.
Family Councils are an important way that family and other community members can promote quality care of the resident of nursing homes, complaints made by the family council must be addressed by the facility under penalty with the state surveyors. The Minnesota Eldercare Alliance produced the following brochure on Family Councils. The Elder Care Rights Alliance information on the Elder Justice Program which provides training to members of family and resident councils. ECRA has a manual “The Guide to Effective Resident & Family Councils”, which can be ordered online for a small fee.
Resident Councils are a direct way for residents to get involved in issues related to the quality of care given to the residents.
The Law and Resident Councils, provided by Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Nursing Homes and How to Pay for Care, provide by Elder Care Rights Alliance /Tubman.
Share the Care Journal, provided by Minnesota Board on Aging.
Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, Legal Alert of the Month, by the Minnesota Office of Attorney General.
Minnesota County Human Services Contact Information.
Family Caregiver (in Spanish), Recursos Para Cuidadores de Familia
A Minnesota Long-Term Care Ombudsman can provide information about a resident’s rights and will also assist in resolving issues concerning placement, care issues and more. An ombudsman is an independent consumer advocate. Ombudsmen investigate complaints concerning the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care consumers, work to resolve individual concerns, and identify problems and advocate for changes to address them, at no charge to the consumer. Ombudsmen also offer information and consultation about nursing home, boarding care home, housing with services, assisted living, customized living, home care and hospital services, rights and regulations.
Minnesota Health Care Directive
Minnesota Health Care Directive information from the Minnesota Board of Aging.
Common Types of Elder Neglect:
Pressure Ulcers also known as Decubitus Ulcers and Bed Sores are a common form of neglect and often are avoidable with proper care and attention. A resident at risk for pressure ulcers should have preventative measures taken to protect them including: the use of: pressure relieving mattresses, frequent turning of bed bound residents, proper nutrition and hydration and other care
The Minnesota Department of Health prepared a brochure titled: “A Physician’s Practitioner’s & Clinician’s Reference Guide for Pressure Ulcer Prevention & Treatment”.
The Minnesota Department of Health prepared a document titled: “Pressure Ulcers Questions and Answers”.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons publishes a fall prevention brochure for seniors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control offer various sheets and education materials on fall prevention strategies and statistics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control produces: Falls – Older Adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control also produces: What Outcomes are Linked to Falls? and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS has a power point on Who is at Risk? and How Can Older Adults Prevent Falls?
The Minnesota Department of Health has materials dedicated to unnecessary medications.
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration produced a brochure for health professionals.
Medlineplus provides information on a thorough list of health conditions which affect the health of seniors.
Merck Manual of Geriatrics is a free online medical text and manual providing comprehensive and thorough approach to the field of gerontology based on the most current research available. In addition to medications, this manual addresses many aspects of prevention, cure or control of disease.
Urinary Tract Infections and Incontinence:
The Minnesota Department of Health has a multiple page article titled “Urinary Incontinence and Indwelling Catheters: CMS Guidance for Long-Term-Care”.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Prevention, a brochure by the Mayo Clinic.
Elder Physical and Sexual Abuse:
Victim Services, through Elder Care Rights Alliance / Tubman.
Elder Financial Exploitation and Abuse:
Seniors Guide to Fighting Fraud, by the Minnesota Office of Attorney General.
Effort Launched to Protect Elderly from Financial Abuse, by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.