6 Organizations Working to Improve Long-Term Care



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This past week, we’ve given you a lot of information regarding the rising number of people suffering from dementia and the need to make policy changes in order to ensure quality long-term care.

While we’ve given you those facts, as well as the recommendations put forth by the 2013 World Alzheimer’s Report, we haven’t really talked about the many organizations that are currently putting in a lot of effort to implement those changes.

As an individual, having the time to advocate policy change can be hard, especially when you’re already working hard to improve a loved ones life. And that’s why these organizations are specifically dedicated to addressing such issues on behalf of those affected by the policies.

To learn more about what they are doing to make a change, take a look below:

Eldercare Workforce Alliance

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance represents 28 national organizations looking to address the ongoing workforce crisis affecting eldercare. Through research and proposed practical solutions, the alliance concentrates primarily on ways to strengthen and solve problems affecting the eldercare workforce, which in turn improves the quality of care for the elderly.

Their e-newsletters are particularly helpful in keeping you up to date on what they are doing.

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

The Consumer Voice works to ensure that families and individuals seeking long-term care are properly heard by those representing them at a national level, often speaking on their behalf when it comes to advocating public policies.

The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

A part of the Consumer Voice, the National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center works to ensure long-term care seekers are heard, but does so by providing an expansive network of Ombudsmen from around the nation.

In the event that an individual you know feels mistreated, the center gives you the necessary information you need to contact your areas appointed ombudsman.

Long Term Care Community Coalition

The LTCCC is a network of organizations and individuals from around the nation looking to implement policy changes to long-term care on the federal and state level.

Their Publications page and News Room page provide a wealth of information when it comes to understanding the laws behind the long-term care system.

The Commonwealth Fund

According to their mission statement, the Commonwealth Fund “aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable.

While the foundation works on a variety of health issues and policies, it has done quite a bit to improve long-term care. See their publications for more.

Altarum Institute

Similar to the Commonwealth Fund, the Altarum Institute also works to provide solutions to the issues faced by health systems by providing research and consulting.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many organizations some even at the state and local level looking to create a better environment for the elderly and their family, so even with all of the eye-opening numbers we given you this week, it is good to know that there are people who care to make a change.

Are there any organizations you think we should have mentioned? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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