Helpful Home Care Resources with Links

Care-giving Advocacy Organizations 

American Hospital Association National organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. 

American Public Health Association The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health. 

Direct Care Alliance A national, practitioner-based coalition of long-term care consumers, direct-care workers, and concerned healthcare providers who have come together to pursue a common goal: broad-based reforms to ensure a stable, valued, and well-trained direct-care workforce that can meet consumers' demands for high-quality paraprofessional healthcare services. 

National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce Provides reliable up-to-date information for people who are working to improve direct caregiving jobs. 

National Private Duty Association The National Private Duty Association (NPDA) is a non-profit national voice for organizations that provide private duty home care services and an advocate for services which benefit the consumers for whom they care: seniors, children, persons with disabilities, those with chronic health conditions and anyone whose quality of life can be improved by having a care worker help in their home. 

Caregiving Education and Resources 

Elder Care Calculator The MetLife Caregiving Cost Study: Productivity Losses to U.S. Business estimates that business costs of caregiving employees may be as high as $33.6 billion nationally a year. 

Caregiving Support Organizations 

Family Caregiver Alliance Committed to caring for caregivers, resource site. 

Hospice Association of America A national organization representing more than 2,800 hospices and thousands of caregivers and volunteers who serve terminally ill patients and their families. 

National Area Agencies on Aging The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging (AAAs) and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the U.S. The fundamental mission is to provide services which make it possible for older individuals to remain in their home. 

National Family Caregivers Association Supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of different diagnoses, different relationships and different life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers. 

Diagnosis Specific Information 

Alzheimer's Association A national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease. 

American Association for Respiratory Care AARC is the only professional society for respiratory therapists in hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training. 

American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. 

American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. 

American Heart Association The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 

American Lung Association Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association® today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. 

American Stroke Association The division of the American Heart Association that's solely focused on reducing disability and death from stroke through research, education, fundraising and advocacy.

Mesothelioma Prognosis Network  An advocacy group that assists patients and families suffering from asbestos-related illnesses and Mesothelioma cancer. They provide many different types of assistance including helping patients find the best local doctors, treatment centers and support groups in their area.

 

Home Care Education & Resources

American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance Latest and most relevant information including national online directory of long-term care insurance professionals from the industry's professional trade organization. 

National Parkinson Foundation Educational site on Parkinson's disease 

Legal & Medical Resources

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders. 
 
American Physical Therapy Association The mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the principal membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy, 
is to further the profession's role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions and the enhancement of the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public. 
 
CMS-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services US Dept of Health and Human Services website- includes resources for Medicare and Medicaid programs. 
 
Elder Care Matters Your link to useful articles, interviews, resources, and information about a wide range of elder care matters. Plus, this is where you will find some of America's "best & brightest" elder care experts who can help you plan for and deal with your family's issues of aging. 
 
FirstGov Official US Government Website. Laws, regulations and legislation related to senior 
care issues 
 
Medicare Official US Government website for people with Medicare 
 
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Provides information, education, networking and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with elderly care legal services and people with special needs. 
 
National Mental Health Association The country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to 
improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service. 
 
Senior Care Solutions, Inc. As Long Term Care Experts, we assist consumers, insurance agents, financial planners and other industry professionals. As Elder Care Consultants and Geriatric Care Managers, Senior Care Solutions, Inc. provides expert assistance and guidance for aging adults at every level of care. 
 
ThirdAge Legal, Insurance, Financial, and housing resources for senior care. 
 

Senior Health & Information

AARP A nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interests. 
 
Administration on Aging Learn more about the Older Americans Act, the federal legislation establishing the AoA and authorizing a range of programs that offer services and opportunities for older Americans and their caregivers. 
 
Agenet Legal, Insurance, Financial, and housing resources for seniors. 
 
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders. 
 
American Hospital Association National organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. 
 
American Physical Therapy Association The mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the principal membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy, is to further the profession's role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions and the enhancement of the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public. 
 
American Public Health Association The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health. 
 
American Society on Aging Our resources, publications, and educational opportunities are geared to enhance the knowledge and skills of people working with older adults and their families. 
 
CMS-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services US Dept of Health and Human Services website- includes resources for Medicare and Medicaid programs. 
 
FirstGov Official US Government Website. Laws, regulations and legislation related to senior care issues 
 
Medicare Official US Government website for people with Medicare 
 
National Alliance for Hispanic Health To improve the health and well being of Hispanics. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the premier organization focusing on Hispanic Health. 
 
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers A national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons; increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society and future generations; and building caring communities. 
 
National Council on Aging National Council on Aging (NCOA) is dedicated to improving the health and 
independence of older persons and increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society, and future generations. 
 
National Mental Health Association The country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to 
improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service. 
 
National Organization on Disability The mission of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, together we can work toward closing the participation gaps. 
 
National Policy & Resource Center on Nutrition & Aging National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging  
 

The Center for Social Gerontology 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.