Web Links and Resources
- AARP: Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.
- Alzheimer's Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
- American Health Care Association: The American Health Care Association advocates for quality care and services for the frail, elderly and disabled. Our members provide essential care to one million individuals in 11,000 nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long term care facilities.
- HealthGrades: HealthGrades is the leading healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals.
- National Center on Elder Abuse: The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment.
- National Nursing Home Survey: The National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS) is a continuing series of national sample surveys of nursing homes, their residents, and their staff. Although each of these surveys emphasized different topics, they all provided some common basic information about nursing homes, their residents, and their staff. All nursing homes included in this survey had at least three beds and were either certified (by Medicare or Medicaid) or had a state license to operate as a nursing home.
- National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel: The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is an independent not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. The NPUAP serves as a resource to health care professionals, government, the public, and health care agencies; and welcomes and encourages the participation of those interested in pressure ulcer issues through utilization of NPUAP educational materials, participation at national conferences, and support of efforts in public policy, education and research.
- National Senior Citizens Law Center: The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans.
- The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging: The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging is a national non-profit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society. The Foundation's aim is to build a bridge between the research and practice of Geriatrics and the Public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special health care needs.
- The American Geriatrics Society: The American Geriatrics Society is a not-for-profit organization of over 6,400 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.
- The National Consumer Voice For Quality Long-Term Care: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (NCCNHR) provides information and leadership on federal and state regulatory and legislative policy development and models and strategies to improve care and life for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Ongoing work addresses issues such as: Inadequate staffing in nursing homes, particularly all levels of nursing staff; Poor working conditions, salaries and benefits for long-term care workers; Maintenance of residents' rights and empowerment of residents; Support for family members and development of family councils; Resources for and support to Citizen Advocacy Groups (CAGs); Development and support for the long-term care ombudsman program; Minimizing the use of physical and chemical restraints; The high cost of poor care, such as pressure sores, dehydration, incontinence, and contracture of residents' muscles and Accountability to taxpayers for nursing home expenditures and failure to fulfill government contracts.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services: The Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) is responsible for assuring the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Wisconsin. If any individual believes that a caregiver, agency, or DQA regulated facility has violated State or Federal laws pertaining to regulated entities, that individual has the right to file a complaint with DQA.
- Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society: The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society that supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.
- State Bar of Wisconsin: Read Jason Studinski’s 2004 article on abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities published in the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Lawyer magazine here.
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