Older adults and their families strive each day to pay for health care and medicine, keep food on the table, have a roof over their heads, and have enough cash on hand to pay the utilities, get where they need to go and meet other basic needs. As families work together to meet these challenges, they are supported by a broad range of federal programs that provide Americans with the means to thrive as they grow older and remain at home and in their communities. This issue brief and shorter fact sheet discuss how these various programs work, who is eligible for them, and how they support the health and economic well-being of older Americans.
We’re proud to announce the permanent home of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER), a resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults. NCLER is a one-stop support center for the legal services, aging, and disability community. Explore the new website!
Can a nursing home deny needed therapy services? Evict a resident for being “difficult”? Limit family members and friends to specified “visiting hours”? Many common nursing home practices are, in fact, illegal. This guide by Justice in Aging attorney Eric Carlson discusses some of the most common—and most problematic—nursing home practices, and explains what residents and family members can do to fight back.