The holiday season is right around the corner. Overthe next few weeks, many of us will be spending even more quality time with our friends, loved ones, and family. During these festive get-togethers, you might notice that your parent or a relative is behaving unusually. He or she might be having minor problems with their memory, personal care, or mobility. If you feel like your family member is starting to need some assistance with their day-to-day activities, errands, or appointments, where do you go for help? There are several reputable organizations that can help guide your search for appropriate in-home care:

Aging Life Care Association: The Aging Life Care Association, formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, is a nonprofit association of Aging Life Care Professionals and advocates. The goal of this Tucson, Arizona-based organization is to help families face the challenges of aging. Aging Life Care Professionals are health and human services specialists who take a holistic and client-centered approach to caring for adults or others facing issues with disabilities, finances, housing, and legal obstacles. The group’s website features a search option for finding ALCA professionals in your area.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a nonprofit organization. It represents the country’s network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging and also serves as an advocate in Washington, DC. The group’s mission is to foster a society that values and supports people as they age. It helps build its membership agencies, which in turn assist older adults and people with disabilities to live with dignity and in their own homes for as long as possible. The n4a website features a page on community-based services as well as resources on care transitions.

National Council on Aging: The National Council on Aging is a charitable organization based in Washington, DC. The group serves as advocates for older Americans as they deal with service providers and policymakers. NCOA’s goal is to improve the health, independence, and economic security of the country’s 40 million older adults. NCOA provides a variety of services to individuals and their caregivers, including budgeting tips, a benefits checkup, and advice about Medicare and Medicaid. The NCOA website features a long-term support section on care financing, Medicaid-based services, and community-based care services.

Retirement Homes Near Me: Retirement Homes Near me is a free service that allows older adults to find retirement communities and homes in their area. Featuring more than 40,000 communities and homes, it is one of the largest retirement resources online.

Georgia-based Elder Law Attorneys: In general, an elder law attorney is someone who advocates for the rights of older Americans. This can be related to access to health care and medical treatments, job discrimination, or elder abuse (financial, physical, or social). Though elder law attorneys are consistently working with older clients and their caregivers, these lawyers can also be an excellent resource for recommending local in-home agencies and services.

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