Advocacy

Center for Medicare Advocacy
(Non-profit law organization that advocates for fair access to Medicare and quality health care for the elderly and people with disabilities.)

Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman
(Includes link to Ombudsman contacts by city and town.)

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
(Leading national voice representing consumers in long-term care issues.)

Legal Services

MassLegal Services
(Sliding fee and/or free legal services for Massachusetts nursing home residents.)

Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline
1-800-342-5297, M-F 9AM-12PM
(Free legal information, advice and referral services for Massachusetts senior citizens (60 years or older) in most areas of civil law, including guardianship, MassHealth, Medicare, nursing homes, Social Security/SSI, and many others.)

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)-Massachusetts Chapter
(Professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to the elderly; includes attorney locator to find lawyers in your area.)

To Help Elders Stay at Home (if they are not ready for a nursing home)

800 AgeInfo
(Massachusetts information and resources on elder care services to assist consumers, caregivers, and professionals.)

Aging Life Care Association-New England Chapter
(Specialists who assist older people and their families in designing plans for the elder which maximize independence and well-being.)

MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs  

Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging

Massachusetts Aging Service Access Point Agency (ASAP)
(Municipally appointed agencies linking elder needs and resources by developing and/or coordinating services, community education and advocacy.)

Other Resources

AARP-Massachusetts: Advocacy

Alzheimer’s Association-Massachusetts

Brain Injury Association-Massachusetts

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

CaringInfo
(National consumer education and engagement program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO))

Massachusetts Guardianship Association
(Non-profit organization that offers information and resources to individuals, families, and professionals on guardianship and conservatorship issues.)

National Center on Elder Abuse

PHI (formerly Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)
(Nation’s leading authority on direct care workforce.)

Pioneer Network
(National leader of Culture Change Movement advocating for person-centered care.)

→ See also: Federal and MA Nursing Home Laws & Regulations

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