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Care at the End of Life - Other Places To Get Help


Caring Connections
Phone: 1-800-658-8898 help line
Phone: 1-877-658-8896 multilingual line (toll-free)
Phone: (703) 837-1500
Web Address:

Caring Connections, a program of the U.S. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), seeks to improve care at the end of life. Caring Connections provides free resources, including educational brochures, advance directives and hospice information, and a toll-free help line for people looking for quality end-of-life information.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Nursing Home Compare
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD  21244-1850
Phone: 1-877-267-2323 toll-free
Phone: (410) 786-3000
TDD: (410) 786-0727
Web Address:

Nursing Home Compare is a website with information about every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. The site allows you to search for nursing homes by name, city, county, state, or ZIP code. It also allows you to compare the quality of nursing homes using a five-star rating. The site also has information on alternatives to nursing homes, such as home care or assisted living.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CMS also has other responsibilities, such as overseeing the health insurance portability standards, which include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and ensuring quality care standards in long-term care facilities and clinical laboratories.

Family Caregiver Alliance
785 Market Street
Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 1-800-445-8106
(415) 434-3388
Web Address:

This organization supports and assists people who are providing long-term care at home. It also provides education, research, services, and advocacy.

Hospice Foundation of America
Phone: 1-800-854-3402
Web Address:

Resources are available at this website for people who are caregivers and for those who are personally facing terminal illness, death, and grief. There are also programs for health professionals who work with people at the end of life.

From links on this website, you can locate a hospice and view a list of other organizations. Also, you can read a hospice and caregiving blog, an e-newsletter, and frequently asked questions. You can use a link called "Share Your Story" to post your own story for other website visitors to read.

National Institute on Aging
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD  20892
Phone: 1-800-222-2225
Phone: (301) 496-1752
TDD: 1-800-222-4225 (TTY)
Web Address:

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the centers of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The NIA funds research and provides information about health and research advances to the public and interested groups.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 06, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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