New Resource Available for Families Seeking Quality Care for Aging Parents

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 General News J E 4
PORTLAND, Ore., June 17 Your 83-year old widowed mothercan no longer live at home and must move to a care facility. But she is inFlorida, and you live in California. What do you do?

Rather than a frantic search for a suitable assisted living or nursinghome in a strange city, you can now access a listing of every licensed seniorcare facility in the western United States and Florida. Available at no costto consumers, the database is on:

"Our web site is also an easy-to-use guide to help families decide whenit's time for an elder to move and how to determine the level of service andthe type of facility that is best for their parent or relative," explainedMonika Gartner, CEO/President, Care Service Options, Inc., developer of thenew database.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 60percent of individuals over age 65 will need some type of long-term careservices at some point, and more than 40 per cent of those seniors willrequire nursing home care.

"It's harder today to care for an elderly person at home than in yearspast," said Simon Paquette, a licensed clinical social worker in Vancouver,Washington. "One reason is that people are living longer, often with multiplechronic diseases, that require sophisticated and specialized care that isbeyond the capabilities of the typical family."

Paquette said increasingly families are using their internet skills toresearch senior facilities that meet all the needs -- social, medical,emotional and financial -- of their aging parent or relative.

"Two important features of The Senior Care Guide web site database arethat we do not charge a facility to be listed nor are we connected in any waywith ownership or management of senior care facilities," Gartner said. "Thatassures consumers access to the complete list of every licensed seniorfacility in each state in our database, with the knowledge we are notpromoting or omitting any one facility."

States on the Senior Care Guide web site, with listings of all licensedsenior care facilities, state and county aging services offices, seniorcenters and meal centers, include: Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington,California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming,Montana, Oklahoma and Florida.

SOURCE The Senior Care Guide


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