MANHR, founded in 2000 by grassroots volunteers, is the sole statewide consumer group advocating for improvements in the care, dignity and quality of life for Massachusetts nursing home residents.  MANHR supports and advocates on behalf of nursing home residents and their family members who deal with the challenges of having a loved one in a nursing home.  MANHR’s efforts enhance the residents’ daily lives and contribute to the residents’ emotional, physical and psychological well-being. MANHR helps family members make better choices and helps them be advocates for their loved ones.

MANHR’s key programs include: 1) mentoring, supporting and counseling families on how to advocate for their loved-ones in nursing homes; 2) participating in statewide coalitions and stakeholder groups to promote quality senior care; 3) authoring, supporting, monitoring legislation that impacts the welfare of nursing home residents; 4) educating interested parties and stakeholders on state and national long-term care issues.

How Can MANHR Help You?

First, this website was designed for you.  It is chock full of useful information and tips to help those looking at those living in a nursing home, and/or those who have a loved one in a nursing home and nursing home options.  It covers the initial phase of considering nursing homes, how to manage the nursing home experience and what to do when you have issues/problems with a nursing home.  We encourage you to spend as much time as you can on www.manhr.org and also share the link with your loved ones, friends, and family.

Second, MANHR has a toll-free phone number – 800-988-4450 – where you can access our advocates who can offer advice and counsel on almost every issue related to nursing homes.  Often, it is quite helpful to talk to someone who knows nursing homes and can offer an unbiased and honest perspective.  Call us, we would love to help.

Third, MANHR also advocates for nursing home residents through our efforts to educate, inform and influence elected officials, provide testimony to state officials on how best to improve the quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents and educate the general public on issues relevant to nursing home residents.  MANHR participates in elder stakeholder groups that continually look at elder care issues in Massachusetts.