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How to Find Care You Can Trust

Navigating the world of long-term care services and supports can be daunting. With an abundance of options and seemingly conflicting information, it can be challenging to discern reliability and suitability. Whether you’re planning for yourself or a loved one, understanding how to find trustworthy information and quality care is crucial for ensuring the best possible outcomes. Here are some strategies to help in your search.

Start with Reputable Sources

  1. Government Websites:

Government websites are excellent starting points for reliable information on long-term care services. Websites like, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Administration for Community Living offer comprehensive resources and guidance, especially when it comes to questions you may have about a new Medicare plan, Medicaid coverage, VA-sponsored insurance, and potential tax deductions available to those using LTCSS.

  1. Advocacy Organizations:

Organizations such as the AARP, the National Institute on Aging, and the Aging at Home Association provide valuable insights, tools, and support for those seeking long-term care information. As an Aging at Home Association Member, you have discounted access to Wellthy, which can also help you navigate any confusion in the care space.

  1. Accredited Healthcare Facilities:

If you are choosing an extended care facility, look for those accredited by organizations such as The Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). These accreditations indicate adherence to high standards of care and service.

Conduct Research

  1. Visit Facilities In-Person:

Whenever possible, visit long-term care facilities in-person to get a firsthand look at the environment, staff, and overall atmosphere. Pay attention to cleanliness, staff interaction with residents, and the general mood of the residents.

  1. Ask for References:

Request references from the facilities or services you are considering. Speaking with current or former residents, and their families, can provide valuable insights.

  1. Check State and Local Resources:

State and local health departments often have resources and information on long-term care facilities and services in your area. They may also have records of any complaints or violations.

Leverage Community Resources

  1. Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA):

These agencies offer a variety of services and support for seniors, including information on long-term care options, assistance with benefits, and caregiver support.

  1. Support Groups:

Joining support groups for specific conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) can provide access to shared experiences, recommendations, and emotional support.

Take Advantage of Wellthy

Wellthy is specifically designed to take the stress of extended care research and organizational tasks away from you and your loved ones. They’ll vet facilities on your behalf, help you plan for your extended care needs, and even help manage any insurance challenges and payouts. The Aging at Home Association is proud to be partnered with Wellthy to help members access these valuable resources and services at a discounted rate.

Finding trustworthy information and care for long-term care services and supports requires diligence, research, and utilizing multiple resources. By starting with reputable sources, conducting thorough research, seeking professional advice, and leveraging community resources, you can ensure you’ll make well-informed decisions that will provide the best possible care and support.