As a nursing student, it is important to understand the challenges that come with caring for an aging population. With the Baby Boomers getting older, and needing special care and attention, it is important to consider the situation. Nursing home care is going to become a bigger industry in the future as the aging need access to proper care facilities.

If you are interested in caring for your patients in a nursing home setting, or if you are interested in having the right information so that you can educate your patients and their families about their options, you can look online for help. As a career nurse, you can help people — and even educate yourself — when you know where to go. Here are 25 helpful Q&A web sites about nursing home care:

Nursing Homes, Hospices, Home Care and Assisted Living Centers

Learn about different types of living arrangements for the elderly, and for those who are disabled and need help. These web sites can provide you with information about nursing homes, hospices and assisted living centers. You can even find information about viable home care options.

  1. Nursing Home Information Site: Answers questions about what to look for in a nursing home, and even how to have the conversation about putting your loved one in such a facility.
  2. Nursing Home INFO: Provides information about different nursing homes, as well as reviews and ratings. You can also use this site to find a facility near you.
  3. Nursing Homes: MedlinePlus offers good information about nursing homes, the care you can expect, and other helpful topics related to long-term care.
  4. Best Nursing Homes: U.S. News rates the best nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You can have questions about different options answered, and learn more about ratings.
  5. Assisted Living Information: The Assisted Living Federation of America provides answers to your questions about assisted living arrangements, and how to evaluate facilities.
  6. National Center for Assisted Living: Learn more about assisted living, what it entails, and more. Great place to have you questions answered.
  7. Hospice: Informative site that can answer your questions about hospice care, dispel myths about end-of-life care, and more.
  8. Hospice Information Center: Answers questions that you might have about hospice care. A helpful resource for those looking for more information.
  9. National Association for Home Care & Hospice: Informational site that can answer your questions about home care, and hospice care.

Paying for Nursing Home Facilities Care

From long-term care insurance, to Medicare, to annuities, you can have questions about paying for nursing home care. Some of these web sites also include information about similar facilities that offer care for the aging.

  1. Nursing Homes: Medicare.gov offers answers to questions about nursing homes, as well as payment options associated with them. You can learn more about what Medicare covers, and how to get supplemental coverage.
  2. Nursing Home Facts: Helpful information and answers to questions about paying for nursing home care. This lawyer helps you learn more about your payment options.
  3. Paying for a nursing home: Family Education helps you find answers to your questions regarding paying for nursing homes. Breaks down the options and helps you learn what you can do.
  4. Ask Ms. Medicare: More about paying for nursing home care, and what Medicare covers, as well as the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.
  5. About Medicare Long Term Care: Payment options related to Medicare. A helpful resource that can answer your questions.
  6. Long Term Care Insurance National Advisory Center: Answers questions about long term care insurance, and other payment options. A great deal of information that you can use to make decisions about paying for long term care.
  7. LongTermCare.gov: Helpful information and answers to questions about long term care. Includes resources, glossary, and other information about paying for long term care.
  8. Guide to Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance: Common questions and answers about paying for long term care, such as nursing home, assisted living and hospice care. A helpful resource that can help you make decisions.
  9. Consumer Information About Long Term Care: Find out more about long term care, and your payment options. Plenty of answers.

Elder Abuse

When a loved one is in a nursing home, or in some similar care arrangement, there is the potential for abuse. While there are plenty of reputable, caring environments, not every nursing home adheres to the same standards. Learn about elder abuse, how to spot it, and how to put a stop to it.

  1. Elder Abuse and Neglect: Answers questions about elder abuse, and provides information about how to recognize the signs of elder abuse. Use these answers to help you identify problems with a long term care arrangement.
  2. How Can I Recognize Elder Abuse?: Useful FAQ from the Department of Health and Human Services related to recognizing and stopping elder abuse. Use this information to make sure your loved ones are properly treated while in a nursing home.
  3. Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog: Answers questions about abuse that goes on in nursing homes. Though specific to Illinois, it does offer some good answers that can be applicable elsewhere. Helpful information about the law, and what protections your loved ones are entitled to.
  4. Stop Elder Abuse: Resources, answers and more related to recognizing and addressing elder abuse. Have your questions answered, and learn more about what you can do to improve the quality of life for seniors.
  5. National Committee to Prevent Elder Abuse: Keep an eye on your loved one’s sojourn in a nursing home with information from this resource. Questions and answers, as well as information on recognizing and stopping elder abuse. A helpful resource for nurses and for families.
  6. FAQs on Elder Abuse: The National Center on Elder Abuse provides answers to commonly asked questions related to elder abuse. Includes resources that you can use to identify whether or not abuse is happening in a nursing home, as well as the actions you can take to stop it. Great resource.
  7. Elder Abuse and Neglect: The American Psychological Association offers great information elder abuse and neglect, and how you can help stop it. Answers to your questions about the abuse that may be happening in a nursing home.