Web Resources and Referral

These links lead to national, state, and Bay Area organizations that provide information and services related to health and aging. Please contact the organization directly for more detailed information.

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Senior Care Facilities

Nursing Home Information

A nationwide nursing home directory to help you make the best choice, whether you are starting from square one, or have a good idea of what you are looking for.

Services for Seniors Living Independently

Seniors At Home / Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Services include case management, home care, volunteer services, telephone reassurance, bereavement services, counseling and personal affairs management.

Institute on Aging

IOA helps seniors live independently in the community. Their services include adult day programs, home care, case management, community outreach counseling, research, and education.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)

A national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility.

Assisted Living Information

A guide for selecting an assisted living facility, retirement community, or other personal care facility anywhere in the United States.

Assisted Living On-Line

Featuring assisted living and senior communities across the United States and Canada. Detailed and descriptive information is given about each featured senior community to aid you in choosing an assisted living or senior housing option.

California Assisted Living Association (CALA)

CALA is the statewide association representing more than 400 assisted living providers who serve over 20,000 elderly and disabled individuals throughout the state. CALA members range from small independently operated communities, to those that specialize in caring for residents with dementia, to large campuses with multiple levels of licensed care. This site contains a useful “Facts” page.

CANHR’s Residential Care Guide

This guide offers some basic information on all residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE) in California. RCFEs (or assisted living facilities) provide a level of care that includes assistance with some activities of daily living, as residents are able to be more independent than those in most nursing homes.

Menorah Park

Located in San Francisco, Menorah Park is a subsidized housing community for seniors aged 62 or older.

Rhoda Goldman Plaza

Rhoda Goldman Plaza is an assisted living community in the heart of San Francisco with ties to the Jewish Home and Jewish community.

Health-Related Sites

Alzheimer’s Association

Provides information on the association, as well as resources for patients, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers, and the media.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center

A service of the National Institute on Aging, this site offers information and referral services, news, and research on Alzheimer’s disease.

Arthritis Foundation

Information on arthritis-related advocacy, programs, services, and research.


Psychosocial support for cancer patients and caregivers is included in this site. It also aims to disseminate information on cancer and to educate healthcare personnel.

National Cancer Institute

Contains cancer-related health information and information about the work being conducted by NCI-supported scientists throughout the country. For the general public and health professionals, it offers consumer-oriented information on a wide range of topics, as well as comprehensive descriptions of research programs.

American Diabetes Association

Research, information, and advocacy are provided.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)

FCA’s programs, information, education, services, research, and advocacy support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

National Institute on Aging

The website contains valuable health information on a wide range of topics important to older adults and their families, as well as research by NIA researchers and the community of scientists engaged in aging research.

American Parkinson Disease Association Inc. (APDA)

The organization focuses its energies on research, patient support, education, and raising public awareness of the disease.

Parkinson’s Disease

The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. sponsors this site, which offers research, patient and caregiver information, as well as information specific to improving the quality of life of persons with Parkinson’s.

End-of-Life Care

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

BAJHC provides Jewish spiritual care to those living with illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved through direct service, education and training, as well as information and referral. BAJHC provides chaplaincy and support services to anyone who wants to see a rabbi, regardless of affiliation or financial resources. Refer also to Kol Haneshama and Grief and Growing Camp on this site.

California Care Network

This section of the CalCareNet can help people prepare for the last phase of life by providing information on talking with family members about one’s wishes, using legal documents, suggestions for managing pain, locating hospice programs, and finding other helpful resources.

Growth House, Inc.

Provides reviewed resources for life-threatening illness and end-of-life care, and aims to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying through public education and global professional collaboration.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

The only non-profit Jewish funeral home in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sinai Memorial Chapel offers traditional funeral or memorial services, burials, and arrangements for advance planning.

Information & Referral

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, elder abuse is experienced by 1 out of every 10 seniors, ages 60 and older, who live at home. The goal of Nursing Home Abuse Support is to increase elder abuse awareness, educating the public with factual and current information relating to elder abuse and neglect within the United States and throughout the world.

Senior Care

A non-profit organization that provides an unbiased directory of senior living communities along with information about the different forms of care available.

Administration on Aging

The site provides a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services related to aging. The “Elders and Families” section is designed to assist older persons and their caregivers quickly obtain information and resources on a variety of aging-related topics. The AoA website also provides a good link to a host of Web sites on aging.

Senior Living.org

Senior Living.org offers a state-wide listing of older adults lifestyle and care options across the spectrum. Also provided is information and articles on matters that concern seniors.


MySeniorCare is a community on the topic of senior care, providing information on home health care, assisted living, hospice.


Features a full range of services, articles, and resources for elder care.

Eldercare Locator

Consumers can easily link to the information and referral (I&R) services of their state and area agencies on aging. These I&R programs can help you identify appropriate services in the area where you or your family member resides.

National Aging Information Center

Tailored for a non-medical audience, the site delivers the latest research-based information on a wide range of age-related diseases, conditions, issues, features, and news.

Sinai Memorial Chapel's Community Resources

Provides links to synagogues and other Jewish Community resources in the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Francisco Aging and Adult Services Information and Referral

Call this line for information about aging services in the San Francisco area.

Senior Services Information Line

Regardless of the county in California in which you live, you can contact this number and be connected with the service provider in your local area.

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Independent Charities of America (ICA) represents charities that meet the highest standards of public accountability and program effectiveness, and facilitates gifts to those charities from contributors. Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of ICA and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

GuideStar is one of the most prominent national organizations that offers current, comprehensive information about nonprofits. GuideStar Exchange connects nonprofits with current and potential supporters, and allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar's on-line audience of grant makers and individual donors.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' agency that ensures effective, up-to-date healthcare coverage and promotes quality care for beneficiaries. Star ratings are achieved by CMS combining data from the most recent annual survey by the Department of Public Health, from nursing home staffing, and from quality measures.