Long-term Care Resources
Colorado ResourcesColorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program www.disabilitylawco.orgA program of Disability Law Colorado. The term Ombudsman (om-budz-man) is a Swedish word meaning “one who speaks on behalf of another.” Ombudsmen protect the rights of people living in nursing homes and assisted living residences. They strive to resolve complaints that range from simple quality of care issues, such as a resident’s preferred time for breakfast, to very serious, sometimes life-threatening, concerns involving abuse and neglect. This website includes more information about Ombudsman services and a directory of community services in Colorado.
Colorado Cultural Change Coalition www.coculturechange.org
Mission. The Coalition seeks to transform the culture throughout the long-term care continuum by affirming the dignity and value of each individual who lives and works in these settings. CCCC works to promote and institute cultural change by providing; educational resources for providers, consumers and family members, advocacy for appropriate public policy and resources designed to increase public awareness about the necessity for and the right approaches to person-centered care models. This website links to Cultural Change Organizations, Regulatory & Support Agencies and Advocacy Organizations.
Colorado Health Care Association & Center for Assisted Living (COHCA) www.cohca.org
COHCA is an online information center for local and national resources. This website provides a Colorado Quick Reference List which includes but is not limited to; Advance Directives, advocacy, consumer protection, healthcare, information and referral and long-term care. Their Resource Library includes topics such as; Alzheimer’s Disease and brain health, end-of-life needs and care, family and caregivers, senior health concerns and many more topics. This website also includes Care Finder, providing a map listing Colorado assisted living centers and nursing homes.
LeadingAge Colorado www.leadingagecolorado.orgLeadingAge Colorado is the largest association in Colorado representing senior living and care providers and the clients they serve. They advocate for a policy agenda that helps providers adapt and modify their programs in response to ongoing changes in senior living and aging services to meet consumer needs.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment www.cdphe.state.co.us
This website lists Colorado licensed home care providers, assisted living communities and nursing homes.
National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) www.ahcancal.orgNCAL is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA). The national center is dedicated to serving the needs of the assisted living community through national advocacy, education, networking and professional development.
The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Medicine (AMDA) www.paltc.orgAMDA is dedicated to excellence in patient care and is the only professional specialty society representing medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other practioners working in various post-acute and long-term care setting. AMDA provides education, advocacy, information, resources and professional development to promote the delivery of quality long-term care medicine.
Advancing Person-Centered Living (CCAL) www.ccal.orgCCAL is an advocacy and education organization whose mission is to raise awareness about and advocate for person-centered living values and practices in the community and assisted living. CCAL focuses on a marginalized and stigmatized elder population – people living with dementia, to include Alzheimer’s and those who care about them.