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Adult-Care.Org’s program continuously attracts national companies as it’s partners to raise the quality of long-term seniors care


Adult-Care.Org: Less than five months after Adult-Care.Org’s initial launch on August 28th, 2007, Adult-Care.Org launched its national search engine on the first of January, 2008. Adult-Care.Org has since broadened its presence as a household name in (21) states; providing quality and prudent information needed for consumer in need of making a senior long-term care decision in all types of care facilities such as nursing home and assisted living. Adult-Care.Org is an important community resource center that supplies valuable information on senior long-term care facilities such as complaint and performance history, consumer rating, family survey, including virtual tours, saving time, expense and effort in locating a long-term care facility. Adult-Care.Org, effort to raise the quality and reduce the cost of long-term care has created partnership with other national companies such as:Fred Meyer/Kroger:,

Miracle Ear/Sears:,

Aflac: and

to raise the quality of adult long-term care for seniors and to provide additional benefits and discounts in products and services for seniors in need. Adult-Care.Org plan is to reach nationwide stature by the end of February 2009 providing consumers with valuable information needed on long-term senior care nationally.

Adult-Care.Org provides the only national comprehensive consumer-based single source of online information for all adult and senior long-term care facilities such as; assisted living, nursing home, adult family homes as well as all others types including caregivers, and businesses that support the seniors in adult long-term care market.

Adult-Care.Org’s passion is to improve and raise the quality of senior and adult long-term care and consumer access to information through a convenient, comprehensive, and interactive system designed to help you to make a right decision as well as business interaction while playing a role in lowering the cost through a continuous, unremitting effort.

Adult-Care.Org provides consumers free access to local, regional and national senior and adult long-term care information for consumer that are making long term care decisions. Adult-Care.Org never charge a listing, referral or placement fee for its services. Adult-Care.Org listings includes all types services but not limited to: assisted Living, nursing home, adult family care home, residential care, independent living, memory care/Alzheimer, in-home care licensed nationwide through each and every state’s registry for free. Through Adult-Care.Org the facility owners, administrators can verify, change and update their information for free. If a facilities or caregivers wish to differentiate themselves from their competitors and gain better visibility at their local, regional or national markets, they can upgrade their free listing for a nominal fee.

Adult-Care.Org also list professions and businesses that support the senior long-term care market by listing their products, goods and services. Businesses can list, upgrade and market their products and services with quality assurance for consumers.


Adult-Care.Org website is quickly growing into a significant information portal for caregivers and care facilities, liability insurance providers, insurance benefit programs, elder-care legal advice and services, accounting and tax services, pharmacy, medical, dental, hearing and eye care services plus various business offerings for targeted products, goods and services.


Recently, Adult-Care.Org has been nominated as the most comprehensive "Multiple Listing Service" in adult-care. In addition, Adult-Care.Org program, website has been nominated as the "Yellow Pages" for Facilities, caregivers and businesses that support the senior care market. Free job posting and free classified ads are additional benefits provided to families and potential adult-care residents. Through Adult-Care.Org, individuals can research and connect directly with the right Providers that match their needs.

Adult-Care.Org’s unbiased free consumer service has been officially endorsed by Oregon Alliance for Retired American, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) A Union of Professionals and International Brotherhood of Teamsters

For more information contact;

Ali Zamani


720 SW washington St. Suite 700

Portland, Or 97205

Tel: (503)-274-2273

Fax:(503) 274-9998



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Sunday, January 20, 2008 by AIMEE GREEN

The Oregonian News Paper Reporter

Elder abuse - Reports of nursing home violations are open to the public, but few families consult them

Jean Swanson needed to go to the bathroom, but when the 84-year-old asked for help at her Northeast Portland nursing home, she said staff repeatedly breezed by her room. They told her shed just have to wait.

Swanson, lying in bed recovering from knee-replacement surgery, watched time tick by. One hour passed. Then two hours. Three hours and 20 minutes later, Swanson says, someone finally helped her to the toilet.

"I waited and waited and waited," said Swanson, a concert pianist for decades while raising two children. "It was not good."

A shortage of staff wasnt Swansons only complaint during her 41/2 month stay at Gateway Care and Retirement Center last year. She said an aide tried to give her somebody elses medication and another aide let her fall. The injuries added three months to her stay.

Swanson and her family relied on word of mouth in choosing a nursing home, but if they had checked records available in county or state offices they would have learned that Gateway Care and Retirement Center had a history of citations for neglect or mistreatment of residents.

Only 14 of the 138 nursing homes in Oregon made it through the most recent reporting period without a single citation. And 19 -- including the Gateway nursing home -- had more than a dozen. Few of these lapses made headlines. Most remained buried in the files of state and county inspectors, who make their reports available to the few members of the public who ask for them.

In 2006, the state cited and fined Gateway for dropping another woman -- 60-year-old stroke victim Linda Ober -- breaking both of her legs. She was left in bed for five days before the nursing home sent her to the hospital, where she died the next day. Obers daughter filed a $3.5 million lawsuit against the home last month.

Rick Harding, Gateways administrator, adamantly disputes some details of the lawsuit and says all the deficiencies cited by state inspectors have been addressed. The two aides involved in the incident no longer work at the home.

In a 15-month reporting period ending in November, inspectors cited the Gateway nursing home 13 times for violating federal standards for residents care. Harding conceded last year was unusually bad for his nursing home, but he added that most nursing homes get at least a few violations each year.

Harding is right. Oregon nursing homes averaged six violations during the same period; nationwide it was eight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Among the cases investigated in Multnomah County:

Inspectors fined the Friendship Health Center in Southeast Portland $3,000 after a patient fell last April while being moved into bed. The patient fell facedown and was bleeding from the head. The patient later died.

Inspectors also faulted the home in another incident last May for failing to call 9-1-1 until 18 minutes after family told staff a patient with hypoglycemia had passed out.

Residents at Care Center East Health and Specialty Care Center in Northeast Portland complained to inspectors about moldy sandwiches, rancid fish and meager servings. A resident who wanted more food was told hed have to wait to see whether there was enough to go around. When he got his extra serving, he complained, it was tiny, cold and "looked like someone had taken a bite out of it."

Other homes throughout the county were cited for a range of problems, including failing to empty a mans catheter after he repeatedly complained, bathing a woman just once in two weeks and failing to encourage a man to go outside. He hadnt been out in more than two years.

Gateway center

Gateway Care and Retirement Center is a cheery place. During a visit last week, a resident played the piano in the recreation area. Another sat on a sofa, gently stroking the homes cat.

However, last years performance put Gateway in the bottom 15 percent of Oregon nursing homes, according to federal records. Harding prefers to highlight the preceding two years: The home had no violations one year and five the next.

Gateway has been fined at least $11,725 since it opened four years ago. Among findings of state investigators:

Caretakers sometimes would falsely tell residents that they were short-staffed to get residents to forgo showers or have their meals in bed.

"Were very proud of the service we give," Harding said, adding that no residents have left the home because of the lawsuit.

The larger picture

The Oregon Department of Human Services inspects every nursing home in Oregon once a year. They also regularly inspect 2,600 other adult-care homes, including residential-care, assisted-living homes and adult-foster homes.

Most complaints, by far, are made about nursing homes: Last year, the DHS fielded 1,660 complaints and substantiated about 500 of them. Investigations can be difficult because dementia or other conditions can make residents poor witnesses. Of substantiated cases, 149 were determined to be outright abuse.

In 2007, three adult-care homes -- Gresham Retirement care facility, St. Ritas Senior Care Community in Salem and Knights Residential Care in Northeast Portland -- closed, either voluntarily or because of state pressure, said Mary Gear, a DHS administrator with the state Office of Licensing and Quality of Care.

Perhaps the most troubled of the three, St. Ritas agreed to close after the state moved to revoke its license for problems including the rape of one resident by another and the phone being answered by a drunken resident.

Gear said state officials have the power to close homes that repeatedly violate standards. But the decision isnt made automatically after a home receives a certain number of violations -- it depends on whether the same, serious problems arise time and again.

"We look at the history," Gear said. "We look back and say Gosh, this is the second or third or fourth time. . . . Weve got a problem. "

Swanson, the 84-year-old who had to wait for hours to be helped to the bathroom, picked the Gateway nursing home because it looked like a pleasant place with private rooms, TVs and phones. The nursing home was a mile from Swansons house, a big plus.

Swanson recovered enough to return home Dec. 24. Her son, Kevin, says if she ever needs to return to a nursing home again, theyll do things differently.

"Wed do a hell of a lot more research," he said.

Aimee Green:503-294-5119;





By Robin J. Moody
Business Journal Staff Writer
January 11, 2008 Issue

    A web-based resource for researching the quality of elder care communities is expanding from just covering Oregon to listing facilities in Washington, California and Arizona. currently offers complaint histories, for individual communities and a consumer-rating system for most facilities licensed in Oregon.  A search engine helps individuals locate facilities based on geography and residents needs.
    Nursing homes, assisted living, residential care and adult foster care homes are included in the data base, which is updated quarterly with state-collected data.
    Portland-based was founded in Portland in 2007 by Ali Zamani, who now serves as the companys CEO.  Zamani previously operated an adult foster care home in Oregon.
    The business employs 17 people, and the site is supported by advertising, said Zamani.
    Previously, consumers had to travel to Salem to research complaints about individual assisted living facilities, or request the documents from the state for a fee.
    The site has so far been used by individuals and family members researching housing options, feedback from users shows, as wll as by prospective job seekers.  Prospective elder care facility operators have used the site to research underserved locations.
    Its also a potentially powerful tool for researchers and writers.


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