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Benefits CheckUp: the National Council on Aging

National not-for-profit research and education organization with a database to make individuals aware of all of the benefits they or a family member might be eligible to receive.

Caregiver's Home Companion

Site provides access to resource for caregivers of victims of Alzheimer's disease. Sign up for a Free weekly E-mail newsletter that is packed with news affecting caregivers and the elderly.

Administration on Aging

Home page and index to many excellent resources for and about Senior Citizens in the United States.

Department of Health and Human Services, U. S.

Access links to resources on aging, caregivers, support programs for caregivers, home health care, and specific diseases. Government statistics and reports on access to health care, and diseases such Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Heart Disease, and Influenza.

The Eden Alternative

Learn about the nursing home culture that encourages initiatives that improve the quality of life for both residents and their families, and staff. Locate Nursing facilities.

Eldercare Link

A free referral service for families in need of local eldercare services, it provides referral services for caregiver help. Within minutes of completing their brief needs survey, you will get a detailed E-mail report listing care providers in your area that match your specific requirements.

Eldercare Locator

A public service of the U.S. Department of Human Services, it finds Illinois government agencies that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services. Just type in your Zip code or select the type of service you need such as, food, caregivers, or transportation. It also provides a list of resources in our state.

GrandCare Systems

Using a combination of remote environmental sensing, passive physiological sensing, artificial intelligence, and networking technologies, it allows the caregiver to remotely and passively monitor a loved-one without compromising dignity or privacy.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)

Learn about the technology available for rent or purchase for individuals of any age with disabilities. Offers information about alternative sources of funding for equipment.

Illinois Dept. on Aging

Access Illinois Family Caregiver Support and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs

Illinois Dept. of Public Health

Monthly list of the names and locations of nursing homes in Illinois that have violated the Nursing Home Care Act.

National Clearing House of Long-Term Care Information

Federal website that spells out senior living alternatives and the various payment options. Download a “Long-term Care Kit” which contains information that will help you plan for your future care needs.


  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder
  • Medicare Ombudsman
Compares nursing home quality data and finds results of state agency reports.

Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

MedlinePlus: Health Information From the National Library of Medicine

Access a directory of doctors, dentists, and hospitals, videos of surgical procedures, includes information about prescription and over the counter medicines, herbs and supplements and much more.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve the lives of older Americans.


Lists links to organiztions and coporations that offer assistance to residents of the United States need asistance in paying for their medications.

McDonough County Social Services Directory

Refers user to the Social Service Directory subject index to determine which agencies in McDonough County may be appropriate to your needs, and how to contact those agencies directly or by phone.

McDonough District Hospital Physician Directory

List of physicians that serve McDonough District Hospital and consulting physicians working with the hospital as well as their specialties and phone numbers.

National Respite Network

The ARCH National Respite Network includes the National Respite Locator Service, a service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community and the National Respite Coalition, a service that advocates for preserving and promoting respite in policy and programs at the national, state, and local levels.

Pioneer Network

Introduces you to nursing homes with new ways of looking at nursing homes as communities made of residents, families, and staff.

Social Security Administration

Replace a missing Social Security card, change address, or bank depository.

Strength for Caring

Connect and chat with other caregivers at this site.

USDA Rural Develpment Home Repair Grants

U.S. National Institute on Aging

This site has a wealth of information for the older adult or a family member. Click on the name of the health condition for everything you need to know about one disease or many other ailments. Publications are usually FREE.

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging

WIAAA is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to serving people 60 plus, helping them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to remain involved and active in their communities. WIAAA serves the ten-county area of Western Illinois including McDonough County.