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  Resources for Long-Term Care

Tuesday, July 20, 1999; Page H16

The following is a listing of resources for seniors investigating long-term care. Options vary from apartments to nursing homes to in-home care.

American Health Care Association
A federation of 50 state health care organizations representing more than 11,000 nonprofit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility and subacute care providers that care for elderly and disabled adults. For a free pamphlet on how to choose a long-term health care facility, call 1-800-555-9414.

Jewish Council for the Aging
The JCA sponsors a nonsectarian "Senior Helpline," a telephone referral service providing information on home health care, day care, housing and related topics. In the District and Maryland, call 301-255-4200. In Northern Virginia, call 703-425-0999, TDD 301-881-5263. For information about other programs and services, write: Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, 11820 Parklawn Dr., Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850.

Jewish Social Services Agency
JSSA provides nonsectarian services for seniors including temporary home care for people in recovery, consultation for long-term care planning, case management (transportation to appointments, volunteer shoppers and visitors, housecleaning and personal assistance), and Meals on Wheels. JSSA also runs a hospice. 301-881-3700.

The National Family Caregivers Association offers assistance to those caring for a loved one who is chronically ill or disabled, as well as support and referrals. Membership: $20/individual caregivers; $30/individual professionals; $50/organizations; $100/providers; $200/corporations. 1-800-896-3650.

The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform works to improve the quality of care and life in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Provides free fact sheets and offers resource referrals. 202-332-2275.

Family Management Services offers geriatric care management, money management, tax preparation and assistance filing medical insurance claims and settling estates. The organization also offers in-home care, case management, long-term care planning and relocation management. Basic fee $70; in-home care $14/hour weekdays. Call 703-352-4582 or write Family Management Services, 10301 Democracy Lane, Suite 301, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Guide to Retirement Living is a listing of local independent living facilities, long-term care facilities, assisted living centers, nursing facilities and organizations offering extended care and home care. For a copy, call 1-800-394-9990 or write the Greater Washington Publishing Co., 1980 Gallows Rd., Suite 200, Vienna, VA 22182.

The National Association for Homecare is a trade organization that represents the interests of more than 6,000 home care agencies, hospices and home care aide organizations that serve the needy and infirm in their homes. Call 202-547-7424 or visit the group's Web site at and click on the consumer section for information on how to choose a home care provider.

The American Association of Retired Persons prints a brochure, "Staying at Home," that discusses housing options, caregiver support and long-term care services. For a copy, call 202-434-2277 and ask for publication number D-14986 or write AARP Fulfillment, 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049.

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