Resources for Caregivers
Although the types of care and services provided by LeadingAge Texas members may vary, all are identical in one primary sense: they are not-for-profit. If you're looking for a nursing home, assisted living residence, senior housing/retirement, or other service for yourself or loved one, it's important to know who manages the organization, what values drive their work and how they provide quality care and services.
From offering services tailored to individual needs to creating an environment of trust and caring, not-for-profit aging services organizations strive to provide older Americans with the quality of life they deserve. These organizations have a long tradition of community service and concern, and these values drive the delivery of care and services. They are committed to providing older adults with an atmosphere of fellowship and caring; meeting the social, physical, and spiritual needs of the individual; and helping older persons preserve dignity and independence. In short, not-for-profit aging services providers place people before profits.
To search for a home click here or contact Crystal Laza for a list of LeadingAge Texas members in your area.
Visit LeadingAge's Caregiver Resources page for more information on resources.
Area Agencies on Aging
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) work to provide quality services to support and advocate for the health, safety, and well-being of the aging in each AAA's specific area. Click here for a directory of Area Agencies on Aging in Texas, or call (800) 252-9240.
Center for Positive Aging: Glossary Terms
Click here to visit the Center for Positive Aging's Glossary of Aging Terms.
Long-Term Care Planning
Whether as the result of illness, injury, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairment, or the normal frailties of aging, you may rely on someone else to help with your daily activities. You may need care temporarily or permanently, either at home or in a residential facility. Click here to view tools to help you plan for long-term care.
mmLearn.org, a branch of Morningside Ministries, produces free online education materials to help improve care for older adults. They developed a series of videos for family caregivers on topics ranging from vision loss to government health programs for seniors. The series also features"Ask the Geriatrician" videos where doctors answer questions from caregivers about health issues facing older adults. Click here to learn more about mmLearn.org's free online training for family caregivers.
Take Time Texas
Take Time Texas offers family caregivers and service providers a variety of resources related to respite and caregiving, including a searchable database of over 900 respite providers around the state. Visit www.taketimetexas.org for more information.
Helpful Articles & Webpages
Advice on What to Look for in a Retirement Community from a Maryland CCRC - LeadingAge
All Things Aging - SeniorPedia
Calendar of Events - Elder Options of Texas
Community Resource Finder - Alzheimer's Association
Consumer Guide to Quality Aging Services - Sarah McVeigh, LeadingAge
How to Tour a Nursing Home: Guidance from a Director of Nursing - LeadingAge
Sorting Through Fees and Finances As You Choose a Retirement Community - LeadingAge