Top 5 Friday: Navigating the Healthcare Maze

It is Top 5 Friday! Every month, we share the top 5 online resources you need to know about when tackling a particular topic. As part of Sound Option’s October topic of the month, we are sharing 5 resources to help families better navigate the health care maze and find the resources they need.  

No. 1 :: www.CareManager.org The National Association for Professional Geriatric Care Managers provides a national database to help families find a local certified Care Manager to assist in the coordination of care for an older adult. A GCM is trained and experienced in a variety of fields including nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology. Choose a CM that has the background and skillset the meets your families unique needs.                          

No. 2 :: www.Medicare.gov This official site of the U.S. Government is designed as a resource for those eligible for Medicare benefits. Apply for Medicare, find health and drug plans, and check to see what it is covered. 

No. 3 :: www.LongTermCare.gov , The Administration on Aging has put together this website to help families navigate the costs of care from understanding the basics of long-term care to figuring out what is covered under Medicare, planning out how to pay for long-term care expenses.

No. 4 :: www.ACL.gov With the mission to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers, the Administration for Community Living brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging (www.AOA.gov) , the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible of increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.

No. 5 :: www.ElderCare.gov | A public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services. 

 

Published on October 11, 2013.