Find resources and programs using the Eldercare Locator service.

Senior citizens, their families, caretakers, and professionals can find assistance programs that focus on their needs using the free Eldercare Locator tool. There are hundreds of resources and organizations that are focused on older Americans, and it can sometimes be difficult to get information on the programs in your state, town or city. That is when Eldercare Locator can assist.

Anyone can use the service. It is availale for free, and it is a public service that is paid for by the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging. The federal government works closely with other organizations such as the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and also the National Association of State Units on Aging.

Eldercare Locator will help people find all of the local and state area agencies on aging offices in their region. Seniors can also find details on other federal government and state and non-profit organizations. A main objective is to help seniors live independently and safely in their current homes or apartments.

Not only can it sometimes be difficult to locate programs, it can also be difficult to find a trustworthy organization. So Eldercare Locator will also help identify quality local support senior services resources, and rate them. All agencies listed are screened and rated for the quality of the services they provide. So find the top rated, most trustworthy community-based organizations that serve senior citizens, their families and caregivers.

While the information is wide ranging, the demand for information on some services is higher than others. Some of what is most in demand includes transportation for seniors, meals (including home delivered), home care, and also caregiver training.

The information contained in the government databases is quite extensive. There is information and telephone numbers for assistance programs such as nursing home ombudsman, Alzheimer's hotlines, adult day care and respite services, assistance, consumer fraud, tax assistance, in-home care complaints, and free legal services. There is also details on public health care and medical bill assistance, which includes Medicaid/Medigap information, clinics, free prescription drugs, and more. Or learn about transportation for doctor appointments and errands.





The toll free number receives over 10,000 calls a month from those who need help and information. Legal, medical, and financial issues are among the most frequently requested topics. Seniors often need help paying for prescription drugs, escalating health care costs, and they need advice and support in managing finances to energy bill assistance and food stamps. Home care assistance is also identified as one of the top requested service.

The bottom line is that the Eldercare Locator hotline and site connects callers to the best sources of information. Get free information and advice in trying to address the issues, needs, or concerns of older persons, seniors, and their caregivers.

How to get information

You can search from the Eldercare Locator website. Or, to get arguably more personal communication, the service does operate a national toll-free referral number that is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging. So anyone can dial the number to get information on assistance programs, including financial, for older people and their families. Locate non-profits and community services for senior citizens and older adults in all parts of the country.

After dialing the toll free number, senior citizens and callers to the service will be referred to the best community and state sources of information and assistance. A caller to the program can use the Elder Care Locator service to identify referral and information services that are provided by State and Area Agencies on Aging. It is estimated that there are almost 5000 state and local Information and Referral (I & R) service providers, and databases will identify them by town and ZIP code throughout the country.




Get information that can help you address the issue at hand, and get details on ways to get assistance. The service is open from Monday to Friday, and all requests for information are confidential. Dial 1-800-677-1116.





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