National Service Organizations & Agencies on Aging
Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) was created by the u.s. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase access to community supports while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities, including Alzheimer’s Disease. ACL includes the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in a single agency.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) works to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
Medicare.gov is the official U.S. Government Website for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.
BenefitsCheckUp helps consumers find benefits programs that help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, rent, utilities, and other needs. The site includes information from public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization serving as a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them.
National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information
The National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information is the official HHS Web site providing information and resources to help families plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole.
Guide to Administering a Special Needs Trust
Administering a Special Needs Trust is not an easy task. This guide may help you to understand the process of serving as a Trustee of a Special Needs Trust, including the roles and responsibilities of the Trustee, Beneficiary, and others.
Medical Services & Home Health Care
The Hospital Safety Score is an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade reflecting how safe hospitals are for patients. Grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 26 evidence-based, national measures of national safety. The Leapfrog Group reviewed data for all general acute care hospitals. Some general hospitals did not have sufficient data available, and therefore did not receive a Safety Score. More than 2,600 hospitals will be receiving a score. Hospitals excluded from receiving a score include critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, pediatric hospitals, hospitals in Maryland and territories exempt from public reporting to CMS, and others.
Medicare Home Health Compare
Home Health Compare has information about the quality-of-care provided by “Medicare-certified” home health agencies throughout the nation. “Medicare-certified” means the home health agency is approved by Medicare and meets certain Federal health and safety requirements. The site can help families choose a quality home health agency that offers skilled nursing care, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services and home health aide services.
Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy
Certified Geriatric Pharmacists have passed a comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the use of medicines in older adults. These pharmacists are entitled to put the initials “CGP” after their name; some of these pharmacists provide consultations to older adults in an office or at the patient’s home, on a fee-for-service basis. The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy offers a listing of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists, as well as useful Web sites and books for consumers.
CareFamily provides personalized services to help families select and arrange in-home care for seniors at below home health care agency costs. CareFamily provides background, reference and licensure checks as well as liability insurance for all registered caregivers of the service.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides general information, resources by state and low-rent apartment search by state. HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
Recreation & Exercise
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase exercise for seniors.
Silver Sneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. Health plans around the country offer this program to people eligible for Medicare or to group retirees. SilverSneakers provides a fitness center membership to any participating location.
National Family Caregivers Association
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.
The Well Spouse Association is a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers. The Web site includes practical tools and information, support services and other resources.
Family Caregiving 101 provides caregivers with basic tools, skills and information to protect their own physical and mental health while they provide high quality care for loved ones. The site provides assistance, answers, ideas and helpful advice.
Lotsa Helping Hands is a Web-based caregiving coordination service that allows family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to create a community to assist a family caregiver with the daily tasks that become a challenge during a medical crisis, caregiver exhaustion.
National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a variety of materials to support family caregivers, ranging from booklets and tip sheets to webcasts and conference materials, all of which can be found in the resources section.
Bathing Without a Battle: Creating a Better Bathing Experience for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
Bathing Without a Battle is a CD and/or video package teaching person-centered methods for bathing persons with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia
24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
American Parkinson Disease Association, Hampton Roads Chapter
Located at Our Lady of Perpetual Help: 4560 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
MM Learn offers free online training and education videos for caregivers.
The Mesothelioma Group is a small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families.
Hospice & Transitional Care
Hospice Foundation of America
The Hospice Foundation of America offers programs for the public to assist individual consumers of health care who are coping with issues of caregiving, terminal illness, and grief.
HospiceNet is an online network for patients and families facing life-threatening illness.
Next Step in Care offers easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers and health care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions between care settings for chronically or seriously ill patients.
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSEVA)
Senior Services is the Area Agency on Aging serving residents of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Isle of Wight and Southampton counties. Senior Services develops and operates coordinated programs that assist seniors 60 and older, their families and caregivers, and serves as a resource center for adults with disabilities.
City of Virginia Beach Respite Care & Caregiver Support Groups
P: 757-385-4135/ Contact: Nancy Allan, Respite Care Coordinator
American Parkinson Disease Association, Hampton Roads Chapter
Leaders: Zee Graham 271-5969/ Ann Perkins 486-5677 & Barbara Chalk 424-5262
ALS Society -DC/MD/VA Chapter
Services and educational programs to individuals with ALS and their caregivers.
Institute for Learning in Retirement at Old Dominion University
The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) offers educational programs, social events, seminars, local tours, and a book club.
Citizen’s Committee to Protect the Elderly
The Citizen’s Committee to Protect the Elderly is a volunteer organization providing guidance, assistance, and support to families and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Committee also provides information about long-term care for the elderly and all other businesses or professionals providing services to seniors.
City of Virginia Beach Senior Resource Guide
The Virginia State Bar’s Senior Citizens Handbook
The Senior Citizens Handbook is a resource for seniors, their families, and their caregivers to provide an overview of and contact information for opportunities and choices facing senior citizens today, with a summary of how specific laws affect Virginia’s elder citizens and practical advice on issues such as Medicaid, Alzheimer’s Disease, landlord-tenant relations, and much more. There is also an extensive list of community-service organizations that detail the various services available to senior citizens.
Production of the Senior Citizens Handbook is made possible in part with the generous support of the Virginia Law Foundation.
EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics & Gerentology
The Glennan Center focuses on the preventive, interventional, and research aspects of age-related diseases. By applying the findings from aging research to intervene in chronic disabilities of aging, The Glennan Center helps older patients maintain the highest possible degree of function and independence and avoid unnecessary and costly institutionalization.
Senior Citizens Handbook: Laws and Programs Affecting Senior Citizens in North Carolina
P: 1-800-662-7407 I Fee for Handbook may apply