New Online Tool from PHCA/CALM Helps Consumers Find Long-Term Care

HARRISBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- While many plan for retirement, too few think about getting older, facing chronic illness or becoming too frail to safely live on their own. But it happens, and when it does, many older residents and families are unprepared. Now, there’s a new online tool to help.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Association/Center for Assisted Living Management (PHCA/CALM) has created a new “care finder” that makes it easy for consumers to find the right skilled nursing facility, personal care home or assisted living residence to meet their or their loved ones’ needs. This is a free service from PHCA/CALM.

Located at www.FindPACare.org, the site allows consumers to search for care in Pennsylvania based on location or by the type of care needed -- for example, long-term nursing home care; personal care or assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care; short-term rehabilitation; ventilator, dialysis and pain management services.

Consumers also can access other important information, including payment options, living arrangements, activities, amenities, dietary features, whether pets are permitted, visiting hours, access to religious services and so much more.

“Often, individuals don’t start looking for care until they are in a crisis situation, and then it can be scary and overwhelming,” explained Dr. Stuart Shapiro, M.D., President and CEO of PHCA/CALM. “We hope this new online tool will help consumers who are looking for long-term care find a quality facility that best meets their physical, emotional and social care needs.”

U.S. Census numbers show the number of older Americans will almost double between 2005 and 2030. Every day in the United States, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, and the need for long-term care is growing. PHCA/CALM’s care finder can help with some of the difficult decisions that individuals, families and caregivers have to make to ensure they receive safe, quality care.

PHCA/CALM advocates statewide for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable older residents and their providers of care. Members comprise for-profit, nonprofit and government providers. Together, they represent more than 330 long-term care and senior service providers that care for more than 33,000 elderly and disabled individuals. For more information, call 717-221-1800 or visit www.phca.org or www.calmpa.org.


CONTACT:

Pennsylvania Health Care Association/Center for Assisted Living Management (PHCA/CALM)
Alison Everett, 717-221-7935
Mobile: 717-599-2077

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