To help you find additional support during the aging or healing process, we have compiled a variety of links to outside resources.
**NEW** AB1217: Protecting families who Hire Caregivers
California law established the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act which, as of January 2016, requires Home Care Organizations to be licensed and creates a public online registry for Home Care Aides who have been background checked. This law is intended to promote consumer protection for elderly and disabled individuals who hire private aides to come into their homes and provide assistance with activities of daily living.
Currently implementation of this law is underway in the newly formed Home Care Services Bureau which will oversee the licensing and oversight of the Home Care Organizations, the application process for the Home Care Aides, and the maintenance of the Registry. The Caregiver Background Check Bureau will oversee the criminal background checks.
The American Association of Retired Persons has resources to help you with your finances, health, travel and technology. Membership is required to access these benefits.
Adult Protective Services – San Francisco, CA
Adult Protective Services investigates possible abuse or neglect of elders and adults with a disability and dependent adults.
Aging Life Care Association
Formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), Aging Life Care Association promotes a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization that works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Links to local chapters are helpful for finding resources in your immediate area.
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
The U.S. Congress created the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center in 1990 to “compile, archive, and disseminate information concerning Alzheimer’s disease” for health professionals, people with AD and their families, and the public. The ADEAR Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM)
The American Association of Daily Money Managers’ mission is to support daily money management services in an ethical manner, to provide information and education to members and the public, and to develop a network of dedicated professionals.
Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
The Caregiver Action Network is a leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.
Disaster Preparedness – The American Red Cross for Seniors by Seniors Guide
American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
This guide written for seniors by seniors gives information on preparations for different types of disasters. It includes fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information.
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.
Elder Law Firms Finder
Elder Lawyer Finder specializes in finding lawyers with experience in nursing home abuse, elder physical abuse, nursing home bills of rights, wrongful death, age discrimination, health care, disability and social security, living wills, and estate planning. Articles can be found on this site pertaining to a wide range of topics involving seniors.
Family Caregiver Alliance
FCA offers valuable support for those in the role as a caregiver, usually a family member or friend. This non-profit organization offers resources, information, and advice to caregivers addressing the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home.
FDA Information for Seniors
The FDA offers articles, brochures, and other publications for older adults on a wide range of health issues, including cancer, diabetes, health fraud, and nutrition.
Human Services Agency of San Francisco – Seniors & Adults with Disabilities
The Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) coordinates services to seniors, adults with disabilities, and their families to maximize self-sufficiency, safety, health, and independence so that they can remain living in the community for as long as possible and maintain the highest quality of life.
Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC)
PFAC is committed to provide information to the membership on economic, social and political developments likely to affect the professional fiduciary; to provide continuing education and promote minimum standards in the administration of conservatorships, guardianships, trusts, estates and durable powers of attorney; to build and maintain awareness of this association among families, attorneys, probate courts officials, various city and county agencies, and among present and potential fiduciaries; to provide advocacy with the state legislature; and to cooperate with the courts of this state.
National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is a group of approximately 4,000 professional organizers dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives.
National Institute on Aging
NIA leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute seeks to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life.
National Resource Center on Supportive Housing & Home Modification (NRCSHHM)
The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification is a university-based, non-profit organization. Their mission is to make supportive housing and home modification a more integral component of successful aging, long-term care, preventive health, and the development of elder-friendly communities.
National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. They are the national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them.
Social Security Administration
This government website can help answer questions about Social Security benefits.
Veterans Administration Caregiver Support
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides benefits, including health care coverage, to US military veterans and their families.