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The Eldercare Locator Database

The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Eldercare Locator is designed to link older adults and their caregivers to unbiased information and assistance resources at the state and community level. To accomplish this goal, the Administration on Aging (AoA) works in partnership with State and Area Agencies on Aging funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA). These agencies provide AoA with the information resources located in the Eldercare Locator database.

The database includes information on the following organizations and services:

Area Agency on Aging
An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is a public or private non-profit agency designated by the state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. By providing a range of options that allow older adults to choose the services and living arrangements that suit them best, AAAs make it possible for older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible. Services coordinated include assistance with transportation, nutritious meals delivered at home or served at a congregate setting such as a senior center, in-home care, community-based services such as adult day care, and information and referral assistance.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
A community-based resource where older adults and persons with disabilities can get information, counseling and streamlined access to long-term support options. The ADRC initiative is a collaborative effort of the AoA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is not available in all areas of the country.

Elder Abuse Prevention
Highly trained protective service specialists investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults. They will intervene in instances of substantiated elder abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance
This program utilizes paid professionals and trained volunteers who offer unbiased, one on one counseling to help consumers understand their Medicare health insurance benefits and resolve billing problems. They also address issues related to supplemental insurance and long term care insurance options.

Information & Assistance
This service supports older persons and their caregivers in assessing their needs, identifying the most appropriate services to meet these needs and linking them to those services.

Legal Assistance
Legal advice and representation is available to persons aged 60 and over for certain types of legal matters including government program benefits, tenant rights, and consumer problems.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities and similar adult care facilities. They work to resolve problems of individual residents and bring about changes at the local, state and national levels that will improve residents’ care and quality of life.

State Agency on Aging
State Agencies on Aging are units of state and territorial governments designated by governors and state legislatures to administer, manage, design and advocate for benefits, programs and services for the elderly and their families and, in many states, for adults with physical disabilities.

Data Files

Raw Data
This single file is a tab-delimited text file containing all the raw data from the Eldercare Core Tables.

Core Tables
This PDF document contains a graphic schema of the relationship between the Eldercare Core Tables as well as a description of the physical structure of the single Raw Data file.