6 Senior Care Consumer Advocacy Groups To Know

There are many consumer advocacy groups both on a state and national level whose mission is to protect the rights and benefits of seniors or anyone who requires long-term care.  They are:

Health Information, Counseling, and Advocacy Program (HICAP): An independent resource established by the California Department of Aging that provides free counseling and advice about Medicare and healthcare insurance options to senior citizens.  To find counseling services in your area go to: www.cahealthadvocates.org/HICAP/

The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL): A national nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of assisted living patients, their families and their caregivers. CCAL assists consumers with education about their choices for assisted living environments.  www.ccal.org

American Health Care Association (AHCA): The nation’s largest association of long term and post-acute care providers.  They advocate for quality care and services for frail, elderly and disabled Americans. Their mission is to improve service and administration of nursing homes. www.ahcancal.org

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR): A statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization, is committed to improving the choices, care and quality of life for long term care patients. Their mission is to educate and support consumers and advocates regarding their legal rights and be a voice long term care reform and humane alternatives to institutionalization.  www.canhr.org/

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care (NCCNHR):  Formerly the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, NCCNHR is a national nonprofit organization of consumers and advocates dedicated to improving care for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  www.nccnhr.org/

Long-Term Care Ombudsman: An ombudsman is an advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. They provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care. Under the federal Older Americans Act, every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long-term care system. To locate state agencies and citizen advocacy groups by state:  http://www.ltcombudsman.org/ombudsman

To find additional U.S. government information regarding senior consumers, go to http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors/Consumer.shtml

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    I would like to know who would help in a matter where staffing at a particular housing complex like The Enclave pick on the older generation and threaten them with extra fees and fines. One lady was told who is in a power chair, that if she left trash bags again at the steps of the dumpster she would get a fine of 25.00.  I was fined because some brush and weeds were put down by the side of the pond, which I knew would rot and help the eco system, but I have been charged 25.00 , when their lawn care people failed to do their job. Is the fair?
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    Go up the chain of command and tell them your concerns. Keep going up the chain of command until you get the response you want. Or get a relative to talk with the chain of command. You can also get some advice by going to ‘JustAnswer.com’ and ask one of the professionals in ‘Elder care’ law what will work. However they may charge a slight charge for the answer, but many times it is less than a lawyer. I don’t think a place can charge you fees such as that because that is what their custodian department is for.
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  • Janms

    How can you possibly list the American Health Care Assoc. as a consumer advocacy group? They are the trade organization for the greedy nursing home industry and lobby our legislators to ignore the poor care that many of our frail elderly receive as a result of their profit first operations.

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