When making the decision to seek healthcare, at any level, it is important to gather all of the information possible to ensure you are making the best decision for yourself or a loved one.
There are several vehicles available when finding and comparing communities. The Bethany Home Association encourages everyone to research options and find the community that best fits their needs.
The Assisted Living Federation of America has created a guide to selecting the right assisted living community. Learn more at: http://www.alfa.org/images/alfa/pdfs/getfile.cfm_product_id=94&file=alfachecklist.pdf
When planning for your healthcare, it is important to consider your financial situation and means of payment. Elder law attorneys specialize in helping families plan for their long-term healthcare needs while preserving assets and financial holdings. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys website provides a comprehensive list of individuals and firms specializing in elder law practice. Learn more: naela.org
Below are several resources to aid in your search and comparison of care communities:
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: va.gov
The U.S. Government’s Site for Medicare provides an online nursing home finder and comparison tool that allows you find recent inspection and survey results for nursing homes in your area: medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare
If you are enrolled in Medicare, you can find more information about the program and area providers on the Medicare website: medicare.gov
Medicaid recipient and those enrolling in Medicaid to receive healthcare services can find more information online. It is important to look at information specific to the state you will be residing in as each state’s benefits and eligibility guidelines are different: medicaid.gov
A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions form is required for admission to Bethany Home Health Care Center and Värdshus Assisted Living. In case of accident or injury, the document allows someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. You can also create power of attorney forms for various other decisions include finances, business and property. The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services provides more information and forms: kdads.ks.gov. The Clinkscales Elder Law Practice in Hays, Kan., has more information on its website: clinkscaleslaw.com.