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A New Internet Resource for Long-Term Care Consumer Education


University of Illinois Extension, through the efforts of its Consumer and Family Economics Team and Family Life Team, has launched a new website to help people learn about their long-term care options and be able to take concrete steps to prepare for the possibility of long-term care. The Long-Term Care: Talking, Deciding, Taking Action site is found at http://www.longtermcare.illinois.edu/ and it contains interactive learning modules, including videos and fact sheets and other resources.

The website emphasizes the need for communication in the process of planning for the possibility of long-term care. The website works to develop a person's ability to hold sometimes difficult discussions with spouses, family members, and professional service providers which is an important aspect in planning for long-term care. Many, if not most people, are uncomfortable expressing their intentions regarding their long-term care wishes and ability to pay for care, should they need services.

In addition to communication, the website provides practical web-based consumer education on four highlighted topics of housing, family dynamics, caregiving, and financing. Given the encompassing nature of long-term care with its social, emotional, physical, financial, medical, and housing dimensions, the site draws out the interconnections between the four highlighted areas.

A team of six University of Illinois Extension staff developed the website tool for use by consumers and also by educators and trainers working with community agencies. Additionally, some financial professionals may recommend the website to clients as an educational tool. Some companies or organizations may find the Long-Term Care: Talking, Deciding, Taking Action site complements their human resource offerings or other employee education programs.



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No bad :), it's interesting, to be useful
by diamHaikimb diamHaikimb on Saturday 5/28/2011

Glad you like the post and find the website helpful!
by Kathy Sweedler on Wednesday 6/1/2011