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Nursing Homes and LTC Facilities

Older adults may need a long-term care facility for extensive care or supervision if their needs can no longer be met at home. There are numerous types of long-term care facilities, such as board and care, assisted living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), and nursing homes. The type of facility will depend on the level of care needed. The following resources will provide more information on the various types of long-term care facilities and issues to consider when choosing a facility.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, authorized under the Older Americans Act, provides advocates for residents of long-term care facilities. They work to resolve problems of individual residents and bring about changes at the local, state and national levels that will improve residents’ care and quality of life. To learn more about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, visit the Administration on Aging website. To locate an ombudsman in your state use the search feature below.

National Information and Resources

Nursing Home Compare
This tool offers detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
This website provides information and resources to help individuals and caregivers plan for long-term care needs. Information on in-home and facility-based long-term care options is provided.

Assisted Living Federation of America
This organization is the national association dedicated to professionally-operated assisted living communities for seniors. Its website provides many resources for seniors and their families who are interested in learning more about assisted living or finding a residence.

This national association represents organizations that offer the continuum of aging services, such as adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes.

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The Eldercare Locator is pleased to provide the following publications on transportation options. To view our entire list of publications visit the Resources section on this website.

Assisted Living

Housing Options for Older Adults: A Guide for Making Housing Decisions

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To find local resources, including your local Long-term Care Ombudsman, start your search below.