Assisted Living Regulations and Advocacy
Each state sets its own standards for assisted living facilities, but some national organizations advocate for resident rights and provide the public with updated information about regulation reform. Knowing about assisted living regulations and those who uphold them before you or your loved one enter the industry will help you maintain your independence and uphold your rights throughout the process.
The National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center – Information about what ombudsmen do for assisted living residents, as well as tips and reports on evaluating your assisted living options.
The Long Term Care Community Coalition – Education and advocacy for strong oversight and regulation of the long-term care industry. Website includes access to recent assisted living regulation changes and findings.
General Costs of Your Assisted Living Options
Knowing how much you might pay for different assisted living options can be a major help to those who are concerned about their long-term care budget. Compare long-term care costs with MetLife's helpful survey, below. Learn more about the costs of senior care and paying for assisted living privately and with government help at our assisted living costs overview.
MetLife's Survey of Long-Term Care Costs, 2009 – Statistical costs of different types of senior care and assisted living options.
Government Long-Term Care Benefits
Get information about Medicare and Medicaid straight from government benefits sites, and see if you are a good candidate for long-term care insurance or veterans' long-term care benefits.
U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid – Links to all CMS programs and information, including forms, updates and policies.
Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare– Helpful information about Medicare benefits, as well as the popular "Nursing Home Compare," a search engine for nursing home ratings, quality inspections and more.
National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Long-Term Care Special Section – easy-to-understand explanations of LTC Insurance and how it can help you pay for possible assisted living options.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care – Information on veterans' long-term care and end-of-life benefits.