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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9:00 AM

Radiocast: Choosing Long-Term Care

Rand: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. As our population ages, many of us will face decisions about finding long-term care for a family member or ourselves. AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn Clancy offers advice on navigating this responsibility.

Dr. Clancy: The choice should be based on the person’s physical and mental health, what he or she can afford, and what he or she prefers. An excellent resource is the discharge planner or social worker who can help with the research and decision making about long-term care services. Another good place to start is with local area agencies on aging. Many support and discussion groups are available on the Internet that can provide helpful advice, depending on your particular circumstances. It’s important for all of us to think about this long before we may need care, or before a crisis occurs.

Rand: Learn more at healthcare411.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Rand Gardner for Healthcare 411.


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