The following are resources to assist you in caregiving and decision making.
Medical vs. non-medical
Today, most older individuals
desire to remain in their homes instead of relocating to a nursing home or
assisted living facility. Yet, as we age, living at home can become increasingly
difficult. If you feel Mom or Dad may need some help around the house, you
can take advantage of a variety of home care services.
When non-medical home care is
Keep an eye on some of these
signs in an elderly loved one; they may indicate he/she needs assistance to
remain at home safely.
- Decreased interest in meals
- Declining ability to drive
- Changes in appearance and personal hygiene
- Increasing mobility issues
- Signs of depression
Non-medical home care services
revolve around daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating,
and toileting. However, a non-medical professional caregiver can also
assist with the following:
- Provide companionship
- Assist with errands and shopping
- Light housekeeping
- Medication management
When home health care is needed
Licensed medical professionals
are available to provide medical care to elders in their homes. If your
loved one needs assistance with the following, home health care could be
- Occupational therapy
- Pain management
- Mobility training
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Speech therapy
- Wound care
The team approach
Remember, these services are
flexible and can be combined--your loved one could see both a medical home care provider as well as receive services from a non medical home care
AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs
and interests of persons 50 and older. Site provides useful information and
resources on topics such as: health and wellness; economic security and work;
long-term care and independent living; and personal enrichment.
Alliance for Retired Americans
The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and
economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy
lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security
American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
AGS is a not-for-profit organization of over 6,700 health professionals devoted
to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.
AGS provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the
public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research,
professional and public education, and public policy.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) SeniorSite
The American Foundation for the Blind has developed an online information
center that provides common sense solutions to living with vision loss. It
offers hope, help and encouragement to both people experiencing vision problems
and their family members and provides links to local agencies that can help.
American Society on Aging
The American Society on Aging is a nonprofit organization committed to
enhancing the knowledge and skills of those working with older adults and their
families. Site offers useful resources on a variety of aging-related topics.
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)
LCAO is a large coalition of the nation’s non-profit organizations serving
older Americans. LCAO’s 56 member association is diverse and dedicated to
preserving and strengthening the well-being of
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice
on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging and a champion for Title VI Native
American aging programs. Through advocacy, training and technical assistance,
we support the national network of 650 AAAs and 240 Title VI programs.
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
Founded in 1964, the National Association of States United for Aging and
Disabilities (NASUAD) is a non-profit association representing the nation's 56
officially designated state and territorial agencies on aging.
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
The mission of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare,
a membership organization, is to protect, preserve, promote, and ensure the
financial security, health, and the well being of current and future
generations of maturing Americans. The National Committee to Preserve Social
Security and Medicare acts in the best interests of its members through
advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts, and the leadership of the
Board of Directors and professional staff.
National Council on the Aging (NCoA)
NCoA is an association of organizations and professionals dedicated to
promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of
older persons. The Senior’s Corner section of the site contains health related
resources and tips.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in
Alzheimer care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association mission is to
eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide
and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of
dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is “to provide optimal
care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers
and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of
Elder Rights and Elder Abuse
International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Acknowledging the diversity of culture, background, and life style of the world
population, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse aims to
increase society's ability, through international collaboration, to recognize
and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever setting it occurs,
so that the latter years of life will be free from abuse, neglect and
The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
NCALL provides training and technical assistance on abuse in later life. Staff
will respond to requests received via telephone, e-mail, regular mail and in
person about specific cases or services. Staff members are also available to
review materials and participate on state and national advisory committees. In
addition, NCALL staff members are available to train audiences including
professionals from domestic violence and sexual assault programs, the aging
network, adult protective services, criminal justice, health care, faith based
and other areas.
ABA Commission on Law and Aging
The mission of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging is to strengthen and secure
the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of
elders. It carries out this mission through research, policy development,
technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training. The Commission
consists of a 15-member interdisciplinary body of experts in aging and law,
including lawyers, judges, health and social services professionals, academics,
National Consumer Law Center
The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation’s consumer law expert,
helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and
complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking
National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
Since 1972, the NSCLS has worked to promote the independence and well-being of
low-income elderly and disabled Americans, especially women, people of color,
and other disadvantaged minorities. The NSCLC advocates nationwide to promote
the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans.
The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG)
Since its inception in 1972, TCSG, has been a non-profit research, training and
social policy organization dedicated to promoting the individual autonomy of
older persons and advancing their well-being in society. TCSG has pursued this
goal through a wide variety of projects, including serving since 1985 as an
in Law & Aging. TCSG's mission is to help society adapt to the dramatic
increase in the numbers of old and very old, and to insure that older persons
at all socio-economic and health levels are able to meet their needs and use
their talents and abilities in a changing society.
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based
nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and
friends providing long-term care at home. FCA now offers programs at national,
state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.
Family Caregiving 101
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and the National Alliance for
Caregiving (NAC) – leaders in the movement to better understand and assist
family caregivers — have joined together to recognize, support and advise this
vital group of Americans. The site is designed to provide caregivers with the
basic tools, skills and information they need to protect their own physical and
mental health while they provide high quality care for their loved one.
National Alliance for Caregiving
Established in 1996, The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit
coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving.
members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service
organizations, disease-specific organizations, a government agency, and
corporations. The National Alliance for Caregiving 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
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and
speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a
chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across
the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform
family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.
In-Home & Long-Term Care
Advancing Excellence in America's
Advancing Excellence in America's
Nursing Homes is a national campaign to encourage, assist and empower nursing
homes to improve the quality of care and life for residents. The mission of the
Campaign is to help nursing homes achieve excellence in the quality of care and
quality of life for the more than 1.5 million residents of America's
Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
ALFA is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to
professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA's
member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through
national conferences, research, publications, and executive networks. ALFA
works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality
care, and accessibility for all Americans.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and
certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the
States. Joint Commission accreditation and
certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an
organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Leading Age’s 5,700 member organizations includes agencies that offer a
continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community
services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care
retirement communities and nursing homes.
National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)
NADSA is the leading voice of the rapidly growing adult day services (ADS)
industry and the national focal point for ADS providers. Our members include
adult day center providers, state associations of providers, corporations,
educators, students, retired workers and others interested in working to build
better lives for adults in adult day programs every day
National Association for Homecare and Hospice (NAHC)
NAHC is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and
concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and
medical equipment suppliers.
National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
The National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs was formed
in 1985. The non-profit organization is composed of state long-term care
ombudsmen representing their state programs.
National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)
NCCNHR was formed because of public concern about substandard care in nursing
homes. NCCNHR provides information and leadership on federal and state
regulatory and legislative policy development and models and strategies to
improve care and life for residents of nursing homes and other long term care
National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center
The 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. The Center's objectives are to enhance the skills, knowledge,
and management capacity of the State programs to enable them to handle
residents' complaints and represent resident interests (individual and systemic
advocacy). Funded by the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Center is operated
by the National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR), in
cooperation with the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA).
National Aging Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging's mission is to serve as the nations
leading advocacy organization committed to the dignity, well-being, and quality
of life of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in their senior years.
National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA)
NCBA was established in October 1972. The Caucus existed as an advocacy group
until 1973 when it received a grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA) to
conduct research, train personnel and serve as a technical resource. The National Center on Black Aged was
established to administer the AoA grant.
National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)
NHCOA is the nation's premier constituency-based organization dedicated to
improving the quality of life for the Hispanic/Latino elderly, their families,
and their communities. Now in its 28th year, NHCOA represents a network of 42
community-based organizations across the continental U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto
Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest
organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services
to people in need. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and
economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. As a national organization, MOWAA
focuses on those issues that can best assist its member programs in achieving
their individual missions of providing quality meals and nutrition services to
as many vulnerable people as possible in the most efficient and effective
manner, all "so no senior goes hungry”®.
National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
NANASP is a national membership organization for persons across the country
working to provide older adults healthful food and nutrition through
community-based services. NANASP's mission is to strengthen through advocacy
and education those who help older Americans
Research & Education
Alliance for Aging Research
The private, not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research is the nation's leading citizen advocacy organization for
improving the health and independence of Americans as they age. The Alliance was founded in 1986 to promote medical and behavioral research into the aging
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
Established in 1974, AHGE is a membership organization of colleges and
universities that offer education, training, and research programs in the field
of aging. AGHE currently has more than 280 institutional members throughout the United States, Canada,
and abroad. The purpose of AGHE is to foster the commitment of higher education
to the field of aging through education, research, and public service.
Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
GSA is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary organization devoted to
research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal
mission is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among
scientists, decision makers, and the general public.
American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to saving lives and reducing
injuries by preventing traffic crashes. It is a not-for-profit,
publicly-supported charitable educational and research organization. The Senior
Drivers section of this site contains sections, such as "Driving
Safely," which includes tips and guides on staying safe on the road;
"Giving Up Keys," which discusses how to plan for that time when
driving is no longer a viable alternative; and "Providers," which is
meant specifically for providers of senior supplemental transportation systems.