Aurum Pointers to the World Wide Web

Here are some links to other web sites that we hope you will find helpful. Please note that these web sites are not developed or operated by Aurum, and as such we are not responsible for their contents. Any opinions, advice, or information presented on those sites do not necessarily reflect our views. While we believe the sites to be generally useful, we do not review or endorse their specific content or policies.

 

Massachusetts Government Executive Officer of Elder Affairs
Home Page - Drop Down Menus for "Caregiver Support" and "Service Organizations" helpful.
www.mass.gov/elders/
Assisted Living Overview - Definition and brief discussion
http://www.mass.gov/elders/housing/assisted-living/assisted-living-program-overview.html
Assisted Living in Massachusetts: A Consumer's Guide - Very comprehensive, long and thorough
http://www.mass.gov/elders/docs/assisted-consumer-guide.pdf
Massachusetts Government Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)
Massachusetts Government Department of Public Health (DPH)
Guide to Nursing Home Care Important Questions that Residents and Families often ask -- Provided in six (6) languages
www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/healthcare/nursing-home/dhcq-nursing-home-brochure.pdf/
Federal Government Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
About Nursing Home Compare and the 5 Star Quality Rating System CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.
www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/FSQRS.html
Federal Government Medicare Compare
Accreditation
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) Joint Commission is an independent but widely respected agency where accreditation can be earned by many types of health care organizations, including nursing homes and providers of home care services. If a nursing home has JCAH accreditation it is one more quality indicator for consideration (but not required by any regulatory entity)
www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/accreditation_main.aspx
Advocacy
MA Senior Care Association

The Massachusetts Senior Care Association represents a diverse set of organizations that deliver a broad spectrum of services to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Members include more than 500 nursing and rehabilitation facilities, assisted living residences, residential care facilities and continuing care retirement communities. Since its founding in 1949, Mass Senior Care's mission has been to improve the quality and delivery of long term care services in Massachusetts through research, education and advocacy.

Home page: where "Find and Facility" is entered. This is a locator; no recommendation or assessment is provided
www.maseniorcare.org/
Health Care Service Options - Described to fit needs:
www.maseniorcare.org/Consumers/Care_Options.aspx
Suggestions on how to choose a facility:
www.maseniorcare.org/Consumers/How_to_Choose_a_Facility.aspx
Quality Ratings described, both Massachusetts and Federal, along with some helpful "quick links":
www.maseniorcare.org/Consumers/Choose_a_Facility/Quality_Ratings.aspx
Glossary of Terms:
www.maseniorcare.org/Consumers/Glossary_Of_Terms.aspx
Advocacy
Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MOCA)
The Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and Senior Center Directors, a non-profit membership organization comprised of municipal Councils on Aging. The mission is to support the independence of adults 60 and older by advocating for programs and services to meet their needs, promote the growth and quality of Councils on Aging and senior centers and strengthen the professional skills of Council on Aging staff.
www.mcoaonline.com/content/about/index.php
Association
MA Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA)

The Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA) is a non-profit association dedicated to professionally operated assisted living residences in Massachusetts that provide housing and services for individuals with varied needs and income levels. Established in 1990 as a state affiliate of the Assisted Living Federation of America.

Good Search locator mechanism:
www.massalfa.org
Also good resource links on this search page:
www.massalfa.org/find-a-residence
Association
LeadingAge

Assisted living information, LeadingAge Massachusetts, formerly MassAging, organization that represents the full continuum of mission-driven, not-for-profit providers of health care, housing, and services for older persons in Massachusetts.

Overview and description of the kinds of aging services available:
www.leadingagema.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3649
Helpful additional Resources Page:
www.leadingagema.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3304