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Throughout Tennessee, nursing homes meet the needs of the elderly and disabled by providing round-the-clock nursing care. But the quest for excellence is a community-wide effort involving family members, volunteers, church and civic groups and everyone with an interest in how long-term care is provided in our state.

What is Friends & Families?

Friends & Families is a consumer publication dedicated to providing information, advocacy and support for long-term care while also boosting public understanding of the many complex issues involved. Friends & Families offers coverage of activities at THCA member facilities, updates on association programs and events, and analysis of timely long-term care issues, from reimbursement to regulatory developments to new legislation at both the state and federal level.

Why is long-term care important?

Tennessee, like the rest of the nation, is seeing a rapid rise in the elderly population. As a result, long-term care will only increase in importance in the coming years. Unfortunately, studies show that most Americans know little about the options that will be available when the time comes to consider long-term care placement.

Why should I subscribe?

Volunteers, advocates and friends of all kinds are needed to help make sure facilities have all the tools they need to maintain a high quality of life for Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens. By learning more about long-term care, and lending your voice and support, you help ensure the success of future generations of patients and caregivers.

Friends & Families is sponsored by THCA. The association, founded in 1947, is a nonprofit organization whose members include roughly 250 long-term care facilities in Tennessee.

News & Highlights

2014 salary survey underway:

THCA is currently conducting a salary survey. Responses are due July 31. Click here to access the survey.

For Members: Level-of-Care Requirement Form

THCA has developed a form for members to use to document the effects of changes to level-of-care criteria for long-term care services. Click here  to access the form.

Online education through THCA Connects

Click here to learn about THCA’s distance learning program.

Guide to Long-term Care in Tennessee

What kind of care is right for my loved one? What questions should I ask? Who’s going to pay for it? THCA/TNCAL’s comprehensive guide to the long-term care industry in Tennessee has all the answers.

For THCA members: The reports are in

THCA has concluded its review of facility surveys completed March 11 – May 31, 2014.