Links for Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers

Heart failure patient guides

Healthy Living with Heart Failure: A Patient's Guide (PDF, 2011)
Acumentra Health recently updated this booklet, which explains what heart failure is and things you can do to stay healthier if you have heart failure. Several forms and documents can be downloaded individually:

Caring for Your Heart: Living Well with Heart Failure (University of North Carolina, 2007)
This booklet uses pictures and simple language, with a "daily check-up" you can do at home.

Caregiver information from CMS

Ask Medicare: Information to Help You Care for Others (CMS)
This website gives information for caregivers on navigating Medicare, paying for care, and dealing with specific health conditions.

Websites

The following links will take you to non-Acumentra Health websites that provide additional information about Medicare, Social Security, health information, and other subjects. Any links to other organizations on this site are for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by Acumentra Health.

Administration on Aging
Nationwide network of community-level services to meet needs of older persons at risk of losing their independence; referral resources and directories.

AARP Oregon
Resources related to health and wellness, economic security and work, long-term care and independent living, personal enrichment, and to locate a chapter near you.

Benefits Check Up
The National Council on Aging created this free, confidential service to help older Americans identify federal and state assistance programs.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Administrator of Medicare, Medicaid, and child health insurance programs; healthcare quality improvement initiatives; state and local links; Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

Eldercare Locator
This nationwide service from the U.S. Administration on Aging has helped older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors since 1991. The website features a ZIP Code search and links to additional resources.

Healthfinder
Gateway to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, websites, support and self-help groups, and government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce health-related information for the public.

Medicare
Official U.S. government site for information on Medicare; information on every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country; key contacts. Medicare also offers

Medicare Rights Center
A national not-for-profit organization focusing on key policy issues facing people on Medicare.

LeadingAge Oregon (formerly Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services)
503-684-3788
LeadingAge Oregon represents primarily not-for-profit organizations that are dedicated to providing housing, health care, and related services to the elderly and disabled.

Oregon Association for Home Care (OAHC)
503-364-2733
OAHC represents providers of skilled home health, hospice, in-home care, IV therapy, respiratory therapy, and home medical equipment services throughout Oregon.

Oregon Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities
1-800-232-3020
Many of DHS’s programs help people stay in their communities. Senior centers, hot meal programs (like Meals-on-Wheels), employment assistance, and transportation may all help people remain independent, well-nourished, and healthy in their own homes.

Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA)
503-694-6580
OHCA is a private not-for-profit trade association representing nursing homes and assisted living, senior housing, and residential care facilities statewide.

Oregon Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
1-800-522-2602
Information on nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights, and legislative and policy issues affecting residents. The office also investigates complaints and is familiar with nursing homes throughout the state.

SeniorNet
The nonprofit SeniorNet provides access to and education about computer technology and the Internet. SeniorNet has learning centers throughout the United States and provides online discussion groups and information about topics such as consumer education, elder care, health, and computer education and technology.

Social Security Administration
Online access to forms, information on services and benefits, and a secure connection for your requests for replacement Medicare cards.

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Last updated June 21, 2012