There are many local resources for seniors and those who care for them. Seniors Helping Seniors® Lorain County in-home care service has put together a list of some of the most helpful resources for both caregivers and senior care recipients. You’ll find information on everything from healthcare, benefits, and finance to entertainment and social outlets:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Lorain County Public Health - Lorain County COVID-19 data
Lorain County Strong- Local businesses that are open and operating in some “new” style so customers can still support them.
United Way of Greater Lorain County 211 - Local COVID-19 resource list.
Ohio Department of Health - Ohio COVID-19 data and information for families, individuals, healthcare providers, employers, and employees.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - United States COVID-19 data and symptom checker along with information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick.
Medicare.gov - Medicare and Coronavirus
Guide to Coronavirus for Cancer Patients - Older adults with cancer and chronic illness have the highest risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19. Knowing how to prepare and protect yourself against the virus could make all the difference for you and your family.
Federal & State Government
Alzheimers.gov - The Federal Government portal to information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia care, research, and support.
Administration on for Community Living/U.S. Administration on Aging - Helping older adults and people of all ages with disabilities live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.
Eldercare Locator - A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting seniors to services for older adults and their families.
Eldercare Professionals of Ohio, LLC (EPO) - Assists thousands of caregivers, older adults, and professionals on how to navigate the eldercare maze.
Centers for Disease Control - Alzheimer's Disease - Helpful information on a wide range of health issues faced for older adults.
National Institute on Aging - Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.
USA Government/Retirement - Official guide to government information and services on retirement planning and pension benefits, such as how Social Security works, retiring from the civil service, and managing a private pension.
The Ohio Department of Aging - A federally designated State Unit on Aging. They serve as the sole state agency to coordinate Older Americans Act programs and services, as well as other services to meet the needs of Ohio’s elders.
Social Security Online - The official website of the Social Security Administration.
Amherst Office on Aging - Supporting the quality of life of older adults through Meals on Wheels, Bus Transportation, and informational and supportive services.
LIFE A Dementia Friendly Foundation - LIFE’s mission of faith is to care partner with anyone touched by dementia, and offer resources, education, and engaging activities that promote and improve the quality of LIFE.
Lorain County Office on Aging - Primary agency in supporting Lorain County’s older adult population. Their mission is to improve the health, well-being, and independence of aging individuals and other adults with special needs through nutrition and in-home support.
Hospice of the Western Reserve - End-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio. They strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, and foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.
Oberlin Community Services - Direct assistance, referrals, outreach services, and educational support to community members who seek help meeting basic needs.
Wellington Office on Aging - Providing services such as meals on wheels and the senior bus. They support independent living and promote dignity and a positive quality of life.
Western Reserve Area Agency Aging - Serving older adults and individuals with disabilities in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties through advocacy, assistance, answers on aging and disabilities.
US Department of Veteran Affairs - VA has two programs for caregivers: The Program of General Caregiver Support Services (eligible Veterans all eras) and the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (eligible post-9/11 Veterans).
Veterans Care Coordination - Improving the lives of Veterans and surviving spouses by obtaining the Pension with Aid and Attendance benefit and managing the home care that allows them to live independently.
American Bar Association-Commission on Law and Aging - Strengthening and securing the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life and quality of care of older adults.
Elder Law Answers - Questions and answers for elder law, Medicaid, and estate planning. Locate elder care attorneys.
National Senior Citizens Law Center - Help with legal issues such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI, Federal Rights, or Nursing Facilities.
Health & Medical
Alzheimer's Association - The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research.
Cleveland Clinic Eye Center - The latest in prevention, diagnostics and treatment options for a wide spectrum of eye conditions - from the routine to the complex.
Healthfinder - Information to help seniors live well and stay healthy.
Mercy Hosptial - Lorain Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mesothelioma - Learn about mesothelioma and the steps you can take to fight the disease.
National Library of Medicine - The world's most extensive collection of published medical information.
National Institue of Health - Health and wellness information for older adults.
Rehab Consultants - Physical therapy assistance from professionals who truly care.
Senior Care Organizations
AARP - A resource for information on health, money, leisure activities, family issues, as well as an online community seniors can participate in to meet other seniors.
American Society on Aging - A source to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge and strengthen the skills of members and others who work with and on behalf of older adults.
Brookdale Center on Aging - Working to improve the lives of older adults through research, professional development, and advancements in policy and practice. They work to ensure that aging is framed not as a disease, but as another stage in the life course.
Caregiver Action Network - Serving a broad spectrum of family caregivers' needs.
Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving - An online source of information, support, and resources for family caregivers of adults with chronic, physical, or cognitive conditions.
Medicare Interactive - Planning for Medicare and securing quality care.
National Caregiver Library - An extensive online library for caregivers that includes articles, reports, links, and more.
National Alliance for Caregiving - Advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy.
National Caregiving Foundation - An organization concerned about the problems, worries, and sadness that can affect caregivers.
Women's Institue for a Secure Retirement - Dedicated to improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.
Senior Care Resources
A Place for Mom - Dedicated local advisor to help hand-pick a list of communities to match your needs. Services also include help scheduling tours and move in support.
AgingCare - Forum for senior care topics and articles.
SeniorLink - Coaching, and access to mobile apps that allow you to reach your coaches when you need them most. Along with a library of tips on how to best care for your loved one, and how to take care of yourself.
Senior Resource - The E-ncylodepdea of senior options and information.
Third Age - Online magazine filled with topics for seniors.
Assistive Products & Technology
Deafworks - Products for the deaf and hard of hearing.
HomeMods.org - Resources on home modifications intended to make performing tasks easier, to reduce accidents, and to support independent living.
Home Advisor - Find trusted local pros for any home project.
Grandfolk - Objective guidance on senior products and services.
SeniorLiving - Find the best products and services for seniors.
Senior Com - Find senior-oriented products.
Books of Interest
Elder Rage - How to survive caring for aging parents. A Book-Of-The-Month Club Selection.