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Family Care – Aging Adults


Types of Elder Care – click here

Web-Based Access to Local and Regional Child/Elder Care Providers

URI is a member institution of the Bright Horizons Care Advantage Program. All URI employees have free membership in this web-based portal which provides access to many local and distant caregivers and services.

Elder Care Agencies and Resources

Rhode Island
(This list is not exhaustive and does not represent the endorsement of URI or the Work-Life Committee)

The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC) at the University of Rhode Island
helps prepare health care and human service professionals, faculty, and students to better meet the physical, functional, and psychosocial needs of older adults. They do this through interdisciplinary education that spans workshops, clinical training, special lectures, academic courses, and faculty development programs.

Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care offers a membership listing of their home nursing care providers, home care providers, hospice providers and associate members.

The VNA of Care New England offers a wide variety of services, including nursing care, palliative care, hospice care, rehabilitative services, speech therapy, and special programs such as fall prevention, wound care, heart failure, and pulmonary rehab.

Health Touch, an affiliate of VNA of Care New England, assists individuals to live safely and independently in the comfort of their homes, offering a wide variety of support services.

Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs has much information for seniors.

The Point provides comprehensive information, referrals, and help getting started with programs and services for seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. This includes help choosing where to live, help with living at home, finding doctors and health services, health insurance counseling, legal issues, recreation, and many other topics.

Shared Living is an option through the Rhode Island Department of Human Services for adults who cannot live alone and require a considerable amount of help with the activities of daily living, but who want to remain in the community.  The program offers those eligible for Medicaid Long Term Care a home-like setting through matching with a host caregiver.

The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center has contact information for ombudsmen and services for aging adults for each state.


The National Institute of Health provides Medline Plus – Assisted Living, which offers information and articles related to assisted living for adults who need help with everyday tasks.

The American Geriatric Society (AGS) has established the Foundation for Health in Aging, a national non-profit organization established in 1999 to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics and the public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special health care needs.

The AGS also offers Eldercare at Home, a comprehensive guide for family caregivers.

The Department of Health & Human Services offers information through their Administration on Aging

The Department of Health & Human Services also offer Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Hospice and Palliative Care

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization is committed to the belief that palliative care is a right of every patient. Palliative care is defined as “patient and family centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering.  Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and facilitating patient autonomy, access to information, and choice”

The National Institute of Health provides Medline Plus – Hospice Care is end-of-life care provided by health professionals and volunteers. They give medical, psychological and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient’s family.


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