Nursing Homes and Medical Long Term Care
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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
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This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
How to figure out the market value.
Review the terms, costs, and requirements before signing a contract.
A formal agreement is one a way to compensate a family member for providing care if he or she gives up their job or spends significant time providing care.
If you want to report elder abuse or dependent adult abuse in the community, contact your local county APS Office. For most types of abuse, County APS programs have 10 days to respond to your report. Abuse reports may also be made to your local law enforcement agency.County APS agencies investigate reports of abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals.
How often is it covered? Who's eligible? Your costs in Original Medicare.
LTC insurance benefits may be part of a life insurance or annuity policy, or contained in a freestanding LTC policy.
Rights regarding the facility"s ability to transfer or discharge.
Alphabetical Listing of Resources
Long-Term Care Ombudsman representatives assist residents in long-term care facilities with issues related to day-to-day care, health, safety, and personal preferences.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Read about the risks of signing an Arbitration Agreement and how not to waive your constitutional rights.
Here is listing of advocates and offices that help people in long-term care and their loved ones throughout California.
You have the right to appeal in order to get your care.
The complaint process and what to expect.
How do I pay for long term care? Can spouses be paid for my care? What happens in an accident or injury? What legal documents should I know about? More questions answered.
Find services near you with this tool, or call 8-677-1116.
One of the best ways to improve nursing home care.
Find out how you can file a healthcare complaint with HHS online and offline in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Polish.
Evaluate and take action: request meetings and contact the authorities.
Private insurance and public benefits like Medi-Cal and Medicare.
Your rights in developing, managing, and changing the plan.
The following property is generally exempt and therefore not counted in determining Long Term Care Medi-Cal eligibility.
All facilities must use this Standard Admission Agreement.
Certified nursing homes agree to give each resident the best possible care.
Residents have rights under both federal and state law. If a resident is incapable of exercising his or her rights, the person designated by law, such as conservator or attorney-in-fact, or in most cases, the next of kin, or representative payee, may exercise these rights.
Medi-Cal vs. Medicare and resource limitations.
Questions to ask at a medical appointment. Legal issues affecting caregivers.
Considerations to make and topics to consider.
There protections against chemical and physical restraints.
Principles and tips to make your advocacy more effective.
What you can do, and the nursing home's responsibilities.
Seniors: Protect yourself from fraud and financial abuse! Be vigilant, be observant. Physical or financial abuse will continue so long as no one knows about it. Listed below are our Top 10 Safety Tips to always keep in mind.
All nursing homes are not alike. There are several types of licensing and certification categories for nursing homes, which are described here.
What is exempt and not exempt.