Here are some resources to help caregivers and care recipients assess long-term care options:
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging provides basic information and resources to help families start preparing for future long-term care needs, including personal and financial planning steps, housing considerations and legal issues.
www.dfs.ny.gov (Search for long-term care)
The New York State Department of Financial Services website offers information about long term care options in the state and how to shop for insurance.
AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center provides a Long-Term Care Calculator that enables users to compare costs, types and length of care (homemaker services, home health aides, adult day care, assisted living and nursing home) by metro area, including Long Island. A similar calculator is available on the Genworth Financial website. www.genworth.com.
Suffolk NY Connects
In partnership with the New York State’s NY Connects program, the Nassau and Suffolk county offices for the aging administer free, locally-based Connects programs that provide practical information, referrals, and assistance in accessing long-term care services and support for the frail elderly. Trained specialists provide objective, individualized assistance to seniors and their caregivers, whether people paying for these services themselves, through insurance or government programs.
The Nassau County Office of Aging website has a link to the Nassau NY* Connects website that lists resources by 12 subject categories, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
Click Departments, then Aging, then NassauNY*Connects Helpline.)
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