Family Care Navigator

State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers

Our Family Care Navigator helps family caregivers locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services nearest their loved one—living at home or in a residential facility. Resources include government health and disability programs, legal resources, disease-specific organizations and more. Caregiving is challenging, but there are resources to help. Click on a state below for those available to you.

What Resources are Available in My State?

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This division of the American Health Care Association, a private company, offers an online resource that provides consumers with information on nursing homes, assisted living/residential care and other types of long term care.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(202) 842-4444

Provides services ranging from health care to disaster response, as well as services for children and families and care for older adults.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Eligibility varies by program (see website)

Caregiver Eligibility:

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National

See website for local chapter contact information

Online resource that provides information on low-cost and affordable health insurance, health care, and hospice. It is a free service from the Actors' Fund of America's Health Insurance Resource Center.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

For Artists, Performers, Freelancers, and Self-Employed

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(800) 798-8447
Ext. 265

FCA is a nonprofit caregiver support organization that offers online resources, fact sheets and electronic newsletters which serve as a central source of information and assistance to family caregivers in every state. FCA's National Center on Caregiving offers a national telephone hotline.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Care recipients looking for information may find it on FCA's website or by calling the hotline. The online groups are not designed for care recipients.

Caregiver Eligibility:

Caregiver Online Group: Family and friends caring for adults with cognitive disorders and other chronic health conditions.
Huntington's Disease and Movement Disorders Online Group: Families, friends and professionals affected by HD, Parkinson's or other movement disorder.
LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers of adults with chronic health problems.

National

(800) 445-8106

An online government resource that provides information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(800) MEDICAR
(800) 633-4227

Provides information about end-of-life care. Its online Find a Provider search allows the user to search for member hospice and palliative care programs for individuals who have advanced illness or have been considered terminally ill by a physician.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(800) 658-8898

HelpLine in Spanish:
(877) 658-8896

Offers online directory of local meal programs across the country for adults who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(888) 998-6325

Online directory of aging and caregiver support services. Offers access to professionals in aging, resources, educational articles, virtual classroom, ask the expert, and support groups.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

888-244-6499

A monthly cash benefit from the federal government for people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:

- Have worked in jobs covered by Social Security
- Be disabled, according to Social Security's definition of disability

Caregiver Eligibility:

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National

(800) 772-1213

An online resource that defines the role of a long-term care ombudsman and how he/she can help families of nursing home residents. It also includes a state-by-state directory of long-term care ombudsmen.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(202) 332-2275

Online resource developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides information on services and financing options for future long-term care needs.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

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A monthly cash benefit from the federal government to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter for low-income older adults and people with disabilities.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:

- Age 65 or older OR Blind or disabled, according to Social Security's definition of disability (any age)
- Resources (real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks and bonds) cannot exceed $2,000 per person ($3,000 per couple)

Caregiver Eligibility:

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National

(800) 772-1213

A non-profit organization that provides online information to those who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. Website provides information about prescription assistance programs for specific medications and diseases, as well as government programs.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Varies depending on the specific assistance program.

Caregiver Eligibility:

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National

No hotline.

Provides primary care, specialized care, and related minor medical and social support services to U.S. veterans, service members and their families. VA benefits and services include: - Compensation - Pension - Health Care
Care Recipient Eligibility:

- A veteran OR
- An active duty military service member OR
- A member of the Reserve or National Guard OR
Post - 9/11 (2011)

Caregiver Eligibility:

__Services for caregivers of post 9/11 veterans call the hotline at: 1-855-260-3274 (The criteria will be different times/wars served to access the numerous caregiver benefits under the new law).

National

Information and Assistance (800) 827-1000

Caregiver Support Line: (855) 260-3274

This program is available through the Department of Veteran Affairs. A pension and compensation income benefit is payable to any qualified veteran. Deductions from the maximum pensionable amount are allowed to be made for unreimbursed medical expenses.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

- The veteran must have served in active military for 90 or more consecutive days, with 1 day during a period of wartime as defined by the Veterans Administration.
- The veteran must have been discharged under anything other than dishonorable conditions.
- The veteran must be over the age of 65 or disabled.

Caregiver Eligibility:

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National

(800) 827-1000

Provides information about how qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage can get the medicines they need for free or nearly free through patient assistance programs.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Varies depending on the specific assistance program.

Caregiver Eligibility:

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National

(888) 477-2669

Online resource that provides information on low-cost and affordable health insurance, health care, and hospice. It is a free service from the Actors' Fund of America's Health Insurance Resource Center.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

For Artists, Performers, Freelancers, and Self-Employed

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(800) 798-8447
Ext. 265

Provides primary care, specialized care, and related minor medical and social support services to U.S. veterans, service members and their families. VA benefits and services include: - Compensation - Pension - Health Care
Care Recipient Eligibility:

- A veteran OR
- An active duty military service member OR
- A member of the Reserve or National Guard OR
Post - 9/11 (2011)

Caregiver Eligibility:

__Services for caregivers of post 9/11 veterans call the hotline at: 1-855-260-3274 (The criteria will be different times/wars served to access the numerous caregiver benefits under the new law).

National

Information and Assistance (800) 827-1000

Caregiver Support Line: (855) 260-3274

Provides mediation between patients and their employers and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis relating to the patient's condition.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(800) 532-5274

An online service of the National Council on Aging to help older adults and their families determine their eligibility for and enroll in federal, state, local and private benefit programs including Medicare and Medicaid.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

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A consumer organization for people 50 years and older. Provides online information about issues related to aging, including: - Long-term care and retirement - Financial and legal information - Resources on family caregiving - Internet resources on aging
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(888) OUR-AARP
(888) 687-2277
Available weekdays
7:00am - 12:00 midnight
(Eastern Time)

Offers consumers, families and advocates resources and information on long-term care including; an overview of each state's nursing home system and licensing agencies, and a consumer's guide to choosing a nursing home.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(202) 332-2275

An online service of the National Institutes of Health with current information about federally and privately supported clinical trials in human volunteers to answer specific health questions.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

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Provides older adults and their family members with practical information, advice and legal tools to ensure wishes at end-of-life will be respected, including the Five Wishes Living Will document.
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(850) 681-2010
or Toll Free:
(888) 594-7437

WorkLife Law operates a hotline which provides legal assistance to caregivers who encounter discrimination in the workplace due to their family responsibilities. Services include: - Legal advice/assistance - Advocacy - Attorney referrals
Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

National

(800) 981-9495

(415) 565-4640

(202) 680-8964

Legal Hotline: (415) 703-8276

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