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Long term Care looms large for an estimated 70% of 65+ seniors, and is a key factor for millions of families challenged by the impact of a severe injury, chronic illness, or life-long disability that makes independent living difficult for loved ones who require additional support. Medicare, Medicaid, the VA and other local and community organizations may provide helpful benefits and services. Long Term Care is far more than just another insurance policy to help underwrite these prolonged costs. Who needs it? How much? Who provides it? Location may be the most significant element in the equation. The official federal website gives a much-needed broad overview. Click here for Long Term Care Information, Tools, Resources and Links to begin your research.

Using the Internet as a Long-Distance Caregiving Tool

Information overload can deter even the most experienced caregiver seeking education, information and resources to help a loved one. For that reason, our recommended links section is relatively short -- limited to websites we believe offer reliable and current content. As a general guideline, here are tips to keep in mind:

  • Know the source of information in order to evaluate its quality and relevance.
  • See who is responsible for the data in the database.
  • Note how frequently materials are updated.
  • Verify that the message is posted by an "honest broker." The very anonymity that encourages speech on the Internet also tests the boundaries of responsibility for the content of that speech.
  • Think about confidentiality before transmitting any personal information.
  • Read the privacy policies to ensure that you control how your visits are tracked or shared.
  • Take care before buying any product online.

Create a "Hot List" of Useful Web addresses

When you bookmark a website and check back at a later time, be sure to press the "refresh" button for updated information on your computer.

Links to Third-Party Web Sites - A Qualified Disclaimer

CFAD links to many third-party Web sites. These links do not imply endorsement by CFAD. Since they are not under our control, CFAD is not responsible for the content of these linked sites, nor the opinions expressed elsewhere. However, we have tried to select content that help may you on your caregiving journey.

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Distance Caregiver Advice
Military Distance Caregivers

Organizing Information
Community and In-Home Services
Expert Assistance
General Caregiving Information and Referral
Other Technology Solutions
Remote Monitoring Products
Caregiver Teams

   Counties - General
   Selected Major Metro Areas
   States - Selected

Diseases and Treatment
Health Related Facilities


Distance Caregiver Advice

AARP Advice on Long Distance Caregiving essentially recaps all the What to do guidelines of our website: is a federal government website with a broad range of content from everything from treatment options, research, planning care and support for an estimated 15 million family caregivers who help manage Alzheimer's care, from near or far. The Alzheimer's Association offers a 24/7 helpline at 1.800.272.3900.

Family Caregiver Alliance
A California-focused site that offers comprehensive information for all caregiving issues.

National Caregivers Library
Offers an online library for caregivers that consists of hundreds of articles, forms, checklists and links to topic-specific external resources.

Another official U.S. government website, links to all kinds of information. Sections include: Finding Help; Government Benefits; Legal Matters; Long Distance Caregiving; and Support for Caregivers. The CFAD website is included in this valuable resource.

Military Distance Caregivers

Military OneSource is a comprehensive information and resource website with help for on everything relating to military personnel from balancing work and family issues to paying taxes. They maintain a telephone answering service to answer questions 24/7.

The new National Resource Directory (NRD) is an online tool for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them. The Directory (NRD) provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.


Organizing Information

Benefits CheckUp Offers information on state and federal financial assistance programs for the disabled and elderly, links to Medicare coverage and housing options. Learn options to pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, and some health care.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the official federal website, offers comprehensive long term care decision support tools. To compare hospitals, home health services, Nursing Homes, Dialysis Facilities, Doctors and Health Care plans go to the Medicare Website.

Social Security Administration website has many on-line tools to inform beneficiaries and families. If you represent a beneficiary or wish to learn how to do so, click the link for more info.

Community and In-Home Services

Aging and Disability Resource Centers - National network of local community aging agencies contains a wealth of information on services and programs, housing options and the complete range of community caregiving services and programs. Locate resources in your loved one's hometown.

Call 211
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that, where available, connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. The implementation of 2-1-1 is spearheaded by United Ways and information and referral agencies in states and local communities. This is the national dialing code for free access to government health and human services information and referral.

Disability.Gov is a content-rich federal website with information regarding benefits and programs for the disabled.

Eldercare Locator may help you locate senior services nationwide. The database is not searchable, and does not include for-profit service providers. However, it does link to a local Area Agencies on Aging.

Home Health Compare offer guidance for selecting and comparing Medicare-approved Home Health Agencies. This is the official federal government list.

Expert Assistance

American Association of Daily Money Managers can help you find specific service providers if you need help organizing bill paying, tax preparation documents and medical insurance claims.

Find an Elder Lawyer through the directory of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Financial Planning Association offers a search engine to help located a certified financial planner. The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is an association of fee-only advisors, all of whom sell no product and work as fiduciaries for their clients. Click Glossary for a further explanation of financial caregiving services, including planning and money management.

Geriatric Career Managers
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers will help you locate geriatric care managers around the country by location or specialization. Click Glossary for an explanation of what a care manager does.

National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM)
A nonprofit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes.

National Guardianship Association offers valuable insight, should this be your option.

General Caregiving Information and Referral

Aging Parents and Eldercare website contains a well-organized resource guide.

Elder Web
A comprehensive online eldercare directory with national and some international links and information. A strong library of articles and off-site information. This is one of our favorite sites.

Jewish Home Lifecare is a Website that offers guidance on local resources from short term Rehabilitation to stay-at-home solutions to managing specific medical/aging conditions.

Long Term Care.Gov is a federal government website giving a broad overview on information, tools resources and links. A good starting place for research.

National Alliance for Caregiving
Offers additional support and excellent research.

Today's Caregiver is a free weekly newsletter, access to support groups nationwide.

Well Spouse Association
The Well Spouse Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) org. offering peer support to husbands, wives and partners of people with chronic illness and/or disability. There is a free online discussion forum and paid membership includes the possibility of belonging to a local area support group or having a mentor, as well as an online members area and a quarterly newsletter, Mainstay.

Other Technology Solutions

Able Data is a comprehensive resource for the vast array of disability-related products and resources. It offers objective information on assisted technology and rehabilitation equipment.

Remote Monitoring Products

GrandCare Systems
An example of a growing array of monitoring systems using the internet, the senior's television and wireless sensors.

Caregiver Teams

ECare Diary is web-based service to help families and members of a care team manage appointments, track medications, organize documents, share calendars and coordinate care schedules.

Lotsa Helping Hands is a free private group calendar that helps caregivers, friends, family members and other volunteers coordinate the dates and times when they will help with caregiving duties, such as preparing meals, providing rides or running errands. Anyone who wants to help can create an account, access the calendar and receive notification and reminder e-mails.

Share the Care
This very caring organization seeks to promote and educate individuals, communities and health professionals through a grassroots system for organizing friends, neighbors, coworkers and acquaintances into a “caregiving family” to help someone who needs assistance.



The official government website is an excellent link for all kinds of information. Sections include: Finding Help; Government Benefits; Legal Matters; Long Distance Caregiving; and Support for Caregivers. The CFAD website is included in this valuable resource.

Counties - General

Area Agencies on Aging - Listed by State
A national web of local government agencies dedicated to providing information on services and programs, housing options and the complete range of community caregiving services for America's seniors. Start here to find resources in you loved one's area.

ElderCare Locator
If you can't find the community you are seeking through our network, try the ElderCare Locator. You can also call the Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116).

Selected Major Metro Areas – these are not searchable databases, but may help you plug into local resources.

Mather Lifeways Caregiving
Offers courses that teach family caregivers skills to help care for a relative at home, in a care facility or at a long distance. Available in Chicago, the suburbs and other northeastern Illinois communities.

Caregiver Resources Network for the Grand Rapids Michigan area

Home Aides of Central NY, a division of the Visiting Nurses Association Homecare has been in existence for 45 years offers tips as well as access to home care services in the area.

New York City
Since a large number of requests for information come to the Caring from a Distance website relate to family with loved ones living in New York City, aside from the link to the NY City Department of Aging, Caregiver Resource page, the following may also be of assistance: Council of Senior Centers and Services; Friends in Deed ( for crisis counseling); Heights and Hills for transportation and post-hospital care coordination.

States - Selected

The Maryland Department of Aging presents clear caregiving categories and good information.

Caregivers of New Jersey, an affiliate of the Family Resource Network, has a website to help connect residents to resources they may need.

Elder Options of Texas has good caregiving information.

Wisconsin Family Caregiver Support Program links to resources across the state.



Older Australians is the government website on services and resources information. Another useful government link listing providers is My Aged Care. Hotline support 1-800-200-422.


Austrian Carers Organization


Alberta Caregiver College in Edmonton offers instructional and training materials for caregivers. Links to other Canadian caregiver resources.

Canadian Caregiver Coalition is a bilingual (English and French) non-profit consisting of caregivers, support groups, researchers and national groups. Its purpose is to increase awareness and support. Good website.

Family Caregivers Network Society is another non-profit to help inform, support and educate caregivers. Guides for navigating the Canada Health System.


Center for Quality in Care
A government website which gives information on nursing care, including for the elderly.


Caring for Carers website with information and access to services. Tel 065-686-6515


Sweden invests more of its GDP in the elderly than any other country in the world with homecare, transportation, daycare and family support services.

United Kingdom

Carers UK based in London, provides extensive information for caregivers through its website and toll free (in the UK) Carers Line offers support material in a range of languages. Call 0808-808-7777 or email

The Princes Royal Trust for Carers offers comprehensive support services through the UK at


Diseases and Treatment

MEDLINEplus The National Institutes of Health's site for top-ranked information/news. It offers basic information on a disease, medical condition or treatment, or a drug.
Alzheimer's Association, National
American Heath Association
American Parkinson Disease Association
Cancer Care
Mental Illness and Depression - Phone 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email at
Spinal Cord injuries

Health Related Facilities

http://www.Medicare.Gov is a 1-stop website with many databases on finding health insurance, doctors, nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, dialysis centers, drug plans, and suppliers of medical equipment and supplies. Click on these search tools below to access valuable Medicare-sponsored databases which measure performance against various quality measures.

International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care
For valuable end-of-life guidance and a directory of world-wide palliative care services.


A Place for Mom has been recommended by CFAD site visitors as a useful free referral service helping families find appropriate senior housing nationwide.

The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living is a national clearinghouse, bringing together research, practices, and policy that foster quality and affordability in assisted living.

The Guide to Retirement Living is published by our partner, Steve Gurney, It offers a comprehensive housing, home care and other resource locator with a total of 4,000 entries for Washington, D.C., metro area; New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, updated quarterly

ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) provides research, education, and consulting for independent living and home and community based services under the Americans for Disability Act.

The Centers for Independent Living offers a national database.



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