Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook

Services At-A-Glance

You want to help your patients get the services they need. But you may not be sure where to find the right resource. This is a starting place. We've identified some of the most common concerns and listed a few national resources that might be helpful.

What's the Problem? What's a Solution?

Helpful Resources

Abuse/neglect

Mandatory reporting to adult protective services

National Center on Elder Abuse
For your State Adult Protective Services:
www.ncea.aoa.gov
Call local police or 911, if serious situation

Caregiver assistance

Respite care

National Respite Locator Service
1-800-773-5433 (toll-free)
www.respitelocator.org

Caregiving

Adult day care, nursing home care

National Adult Day Services Association
1-877-745-1440 (toll-free)
www.nadsa.org

Nursing Home Compare service
www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/home.asp

Daily living assistance

Home health aide

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)
www.eldercare.gov

Financial assistance

Case manager or supportive community programs

National Council on Aging
To assess eligibility:
www.benefitscheckup.org

Health information

Free fact sheets, booklets, and web resources

National Institute on Aging Information Center
1-800-222-2225 (toll-free)
www.nia.nih.gov/health

NIH SeniorHealth
www.nihseniorhealth.gov

National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine
www.medlineplus.gov

Household assistance

Homemaker assistant

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)
www.eldercare.gov

Nutrition

Meals on Wheels or congregate meal sites

Meals on Wheels Association of America
1-703-548-5558
www.mowaa.org

Social support

Volunteer companions

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)
www.eldercare.gov

Transportation

Medical transport benefits or other community programs

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
1-202-872-0888
www.n4a.org

National Transit Hotline
1-800-527-8279 (toll-free)

Utility costs

Utility subsidies

National Energy Assistance Referral Project
1-866-674-6327 (toll-free)
http://liheap.ncat.org/profiles/energyhelp.htm

Suggestions

Please send comments, personal observations, practical experiences, or suggestions to:

Freddi Karp, Editor
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Institute on Aging
Building 31, Room 5C27
Bethesda, MD 20892
1-301-496-1752
karpf@nia.nih.gov

Contributors: Caroline McNeil, Freelance Writer; Karin Kolsky and Megan J. Homer, NIA Office of Communications and Public Liaison; Susan R. Farrer, JBS International, Inc. Design: Susan Spangler Design & Illustration

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Aging
 

Fecha de publicación: Octubre 2008
Última actualización: Marzo 24, 2014