Family Resources

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Choosing the right housing situation or care center for yourself or a loved one can be challenging. Linda Manor is proud to offer families a range of senior housing and healthcare options here on our care campus, and we are always happy to assist with any advice or support. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, respite stays, or options for hospice care.

See below for useful links and resources for seniors and their families, as well as in choosing an Assisted Living setting or in selecting a skilled nursing center.

Making Decisions About Senior Living

When you or a loved one needs help with activities of daily living, assisted living can provide the necessary support, along with daily meals, transportation, and social opportunities. An assisted living community offers all of the comforts of home, with staff available 24 hours a day if needed.

To learn more about questions to ask and what to look for when visiting assisted living communities, download CARF International’s Guide to Selecting an Assisted Living Community. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

How to Choose a Nursing Home

Nursing home is still the most commonly used term for skilled nursing care centers, but our skilled nursing center is so much more than a nursing home. We are proud to offer a homelike setting for recuperating after illness or injury with life-enriching opportunities for those needing long-term custodial care.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs’ online publication A Bridge to Quality Care: Selecting a Nursing or Rest Home discusses when long term care may be the appropriate care setting, the difference between a nursing home and assisted living, strategies for comparing nursing homes, how to pay for skilled care, and other important information when choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one.

Nursing Home Comparison Checklist

When choosing skilled care for yourself or a loved one, be sure to compare clinical capabilities, staffing levels, customer satisfaction, and impartial third party evaluations.

Medicare’s Nursing Home Checklist is a handy printable checklist for evaluating nursing homes. You can also learn about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home using Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare search tool.

Useful Websites for Researching Senior Housing, Nursing Homes and Skilled Care

When researching senior living and care options, these websites may provide useful online resources:

National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living advocacy arm of the American Health Care Association.

American Health Care Association (AHCA)

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is a non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 11,000 non-profit and for-profit nursing facility, assisted living, developmentally-disabled, and sub-acute care providers that care for approximately one million elderly and disabled individuals each day.

Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA)

Mass-ALFA is a non-profit association serving as the voice of assisted living in Massachusetts and is a state affiliate of the Assisted Living Federation of America (now known as Argentum). Get answers to questions about assisted living in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs is a resource for seniors, their families and caregivers. Get answers to questions and learn about available services and opportunities in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Senior Care Association

The Massachusetts Senior Care Association is the state’s largest association of long-term care providers, representing more than 500 nursing and residential care facilities, hospital-based transitional care units, assisted living residences and retirement communities.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s care, research and support. Through a national network of advocates and chapters, it advances research, improves services and care, creates awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and mobilizes support.

CareConversations.org

An initiative led by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, this site guides families through the care planning process.

Division of Medical Assistance

The Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) is the single state agency in Massachusetts that administers Medicaid (Title XIX) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), part of Title XXI. In Massachusetts, Medicaid and CHIP are combined into one program called MassHealth. DMA also manages the Insurance Partnership for small businesses.

Medicare.gov

Medicare.gov is the official U.S. government website for people with Medicare. It provides access to information about Medicare, Medicare health and prescription drug plans and long-term care. The site includes search tools to help you find and compare a wide variety of healthcare providers.

Berkshire Health Systems

Our Berkshire-based partner in health care.

Berkshire Healthcare Systems

We are proud to be part of Berkshire Healthcare Systems, a not-for-profit midsize healthcare, senior care, and senior living company. Berkshire Healthcare owns or operates 14 rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts; Linda Manor Assisted Living, a traditional assisted living and specialized memory care community in Leeds, Massachusetts; Kimball Farms, a life care, continuing care retirement community in Lenox, Mass.; and two hospice providers, HospiceCare in The Berkshires and Hospice of Franklin County, for those with life-limiting illnesses.

Contact us to learn more about senior living and skilled nursing care at Linda Manor in Leeds, MA.