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


Mandatory reporting to adult protective services

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

Caregiver assistance

Respite care

National Respite Locator Service
1-800-773-5433 (toll-free)


Adult day care, nursing home care

National Adult Day Services Association
1-877-745-1440 (toll-free)

Nursing Home Compare service

Daily living assistance

Home health aide

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)

Financial assistance

Case manager or supportive community programs

National Council on Aging
To assess eligibility:

Health information

Free fact sheets, booklets, and web resources

National Institute on Aging Information Center
1-800-222-2225 (toll-free)

NIH SeniorHealth

National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine

Household assistance

Homemaker assistant

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)


Meals on Wheels or congregate meal sites

Meals on Wheels Association of America

Social support

Volunteer companions

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)


Medical transport benefits or other community programs

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

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

Utility costs

Utility subsidies

National Energy Assistance Referral Project
1-866-674-6327 (toll-free)


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

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

National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Aging

Fecha de publicación: Octubre 2008
Última actualización: Enero 22, 2015