Information For Families

Infromation for Families

Adult Health Advisor: A “Live Well Library” by the Summit Medical Group

Administration on Aging: The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities.

Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes: Provides free, practical and evidence-based resources to support quality improvement efforts in America’s nursing homes. is not simply a website, but a community of caregivers facing the challenge of caring for a loved one. They provide a comfortable meeting place for the free exchange of ideas with knowledgeable professionals, responsive experts, and people just like you.

Alzheimer’s Association: The leading voluntary organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Caregiver Media Group provides information, support, and guidance for family and professional caregivers.

Caring Connections: a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.

CCAL-Advancing Person-Centered Living: CCAL is a non-profit national consumer advocacy and education organization whose mission is to raise awareness about and advocate for the widespread implementation of person-centered living principles, policies, and practices in home and community-based (HCB) supports and services for elders and individuals with disabilities living at home, in the community or in assisted living.

Eden Alternative: an international, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live.

Eldercare Locator: The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.

Family Caregiver Alliance: A public voice for caregivers.

The Gilbert Guide: Useful articles on aging, including Lifestyle & Travel, Health & Wellness, and Home & Housing.

Home Health Compare: has information about the quality of care provided by “Medicare-certified” home health agencies throughout the nation. Home Health Compare can help you or your family or friends choose a quality home health agency that has the skilled home health services you need.

The Human Encyclopedia: An encyclopedia of all the systems in the human body, along with information on diets and diseases.

iGeriatrics combines all of the American Geriatrics Society’s free clinical information offerings into one easy to use application. Aimed at healthcare providers and covering a wide range of topics relating to older adults, from medication safety to cross-cultural assistance, iGeriatrics is an excellent introduction to the information and services.

Lab Tests Online: an award-winning health information web resource designed to help patients and caregivers understand the many lab tests that are a vital part of medical care.

LeadingAge, formerly AAHSA: LeadingAge’s Consumer Hub offers information and support to help people make the most of the aging experience. This includes a directory of not-for-profit organizations committed to meeting people’s needs and preferences as they age. provides consumers with needed information on planning, preparing and paying for long-term care. It includes information on nursing homes, assisted living, residential care, and other types of long-term care. It is sponsored by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).

Manor Care Health Tips & Resources

Medical Register: Medical Equipment Buyer’s Guide

National Care Planning Council (NCPC): “We are the most comprehensive resource for Eldercare, Senior Services and Care Planning anywhere. We publish articles, books, and guides to help you learn how to meet the needs of seniors. The providers and services listed under “Senior Services” are here to help with any retirement or eldercare need.” – Thomas Day, Director

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA): Directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care: This website was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs. It is primarily intended as an information and planning resource for individuals who don’t yet require long-term care, but it includes information on services and financing options that can be helpful to all individuals.

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA): The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO): With headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization advocates for the terminally ill and their families.

National Institutes of Health: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute information page

Nursing Home Compare: allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care information on every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including over 15,000 nationwide. It is run by The official US Government site for Medicare.

Nursing Home Help: sponsored by the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing

Wound Care: KCI Vacuum Assisted Closure®, or V.A.C.® Therapy System

adobe Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for your Health Care: a guide with an easy-to-use, multi-state form for all adults

adobe Nursing Home Checklist: a checklist and guide for choosing a nursing home. Published by

adobe Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-term Care: A booklet from the Department of Health & Human Services.

adobe Organizing a Resident Council in Your Home: A manual for adult home and nursing home residents

adobe Score Card for Choosing a Nursing Home

adobe A Shopper’s Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance