Government and State Resources
- Eldercare Locator
Eldercare Locator links seniors, families, caregivers and professionals with state and local area agencies on aging. Established in 1991, Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging, in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the National Association of State Units on Aging.
- National Family Caregiver Support Program
The Caregiver Resource Room is where families, caregivers, and professionals can turn for support and assistance, and providing services to caregivers. The Administration on Aging provides home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.
- Your Family Health and
Knowing the details of your family’s health information can come in handy in the event of an emergency. Click on the link on the top right: “Download printable booklet: Family Health and Medical Record (PDF)”. Print out this 18-page pdf form and fill it in with all the necessary information. Remember to make several copies: keep one at work, at school, and a few at home. Print out extra copies of pages 7-12 if you have more than one child. Be sure to update the information regularly. The Texas Cooperative Extension is an educational organization provided by the U.S. government, the state government through Texas A&M University, and your county government.
- Children of Aging Parents
This site has lots of links and info to consider. The Children of Aging Parents' mission is to assist the nation's nearly 54 million caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.
- Easter Seals
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Easter Seals also offers support information and services for caregivers.
- National Alliance for Caregiving
Click on Caregiving Tips to learn more about being a caregiver. National Alliance for Caregiving, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers.
- National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
This site has guides and tips for family caregivers as well as information on support groups around the country. The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one.
- Elder Care
A research site for both professionals and family members looking for information on Elder care and long term care, and includes links to information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, as well as policy, research, and statistics. It is in large print, making it easier for elderly persons to read.
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CaringBridge™ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering free personalized Web sites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events. CaringBridge authors quickly and easily create personalized Web sites that display journal entries and photographs. Well-wishers visit the site to read updates and leave messages in the Guestbook.
CarePages specializes in enhancing the health care experience by connecting patients and families with their health care provider. CarePages make it possible for friends and family to "virtually visit" and support the patient even if they can't be there in person. CarePages owned and operated by TLContact, a Chicago-based healthcare services company.
Insurance and Benefits
Government and State Resources
This portal from the National Health Information Center of The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), offers a health library, information about health care and links to health organizations. HHS is the principal U.S. government agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
- Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
You may be eligible to receive extra help with prescription drug costs. Visit this site to find out if you qualify. You may also complete and submit this application from the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration is responsible for the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.
This site is an information source about Medicaid, a government program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources.
This site is an information source about Medicare, the nation’s largest health insurance program, which covers nearly 40 million Americans. Scroll to the bottom half of the main page for search tools and click on your desired topic for more information.
- Social Security and Retirement Benefits
A guide to applying for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration is responsible for the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.
- America’s Health Insurance Plans: Guide to Health
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) offers tips on how to compare plans, self-insured plans, and making sense of health insurance. AHIP is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans.
BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive online service to screen for federal, state and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55 and over). It contains over 1,300 different programs from all fifty states (including the District of Columbia). On average there are 50 to 70 programs available to individuals per state. The National Council on the Aging is a national, nonprofit group of people and organizations dedicated to promoting the dignity, independence, well-being, and contributions of older people.
- Choosing and Using a Health Plan
Information about health care choices, quality of health care and comparing providers. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the principal U.S. government agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
- Insurance - AARP
Information on managed care, private insurance and Medicaid. The information is useful for all ages interested in learning more about health care coverage. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interests.
Government and State Resources
- Administration on Aging (A.o.A.)
Provides a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services related to aging. Whether you are an older individual, a caregiver, a community service provider, a researcher, or a student, you will find valuable information provided in a user-friendly way. The Administration on Aging provides home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.
- Nursing Home Compare
The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. This service is offered by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Seniors' Resources on FirstGov
A list of seniors' resources including: consumer protection, education, jobs, health, housing, taxes, retirement, laws and travel. At FirstGov.gov, the official U.S. gateway to all government information, you can search millions of web pages from federal and state governments, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
- American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
AAHSA provides information about nonprofit aging services: planning ahead, choosing services, financing, caregiving and a homes and services directory. AAHSA nonprofit member organizations offer the continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes.
- American Senior Housing Association
Learn more about senior apartments, independent and assisted living, Alzheimer's facilities and continuing care retirement communities (CCRC). The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) is an independent nonprofit organization, however, ASHA's membership consists of both for-profit and not-for-profit operators, lenders and investors, and other prominent professionals.
- Assisted Living Federation of America
Offers information on assisted living and residences (mostly for-profit residences and services). The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-operated assisted living communities for seniors.
- National Association of Social Workers
Social workers are often part of a senior living care team. Visit this site to learn more about social workers and their role in aging and senior living care. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 153,000 members.
- National Center for Assisted Living
Click on ‘About Assisted Living’ to get started on learning about this option. The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the nation's largest organization representing long term care providers.
- National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform Tips on advocacy, ombudsman, federal laws and regulations, etc. The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) was formed because of public concern about substandard care in nursing homes. NCCNHR's current 20-member board, which includes residents of nursing homes, represents the grassroots membership of concerned advocates of quality long term care nationwide.
- National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource
An ombudsman can help investigate long-term care complaints and problems. The National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center provides support, technical assistance and training to the 53 State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs and their statewide networks of almost 600 regional (local) programs.
- State Associations – American Health Care Association
Click on your state to learn about senior living options in your area. The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is the nation's largest organization representing long term care providers.