If the list of availability is overwhelming, you may wish to work with a referral agency. Housing Referral Agency or Information Specialist offers advice and referral services about senior housing communities; most are at no charge to the individual and are paid by the senior housing community. You can search the Retirement Connection site for “Referral Service and Housing Specialists” for additional help to learn about availability, virtual tours and more.
- Puget Sound referral agencies
- Portland referral agency
- Vancouver referral agencies
- Southern Oregon referral agencies
- Mid-Willamette Valley referral agencies
Retirement Connection Guide
Retirement Connection Guide- is a print and online resource serving the Pacific NW. Designed for Boomers, Seniors, Caregivers & Providers to search more than 150+ topics of information and connect you with a quick and complete reference of providers and services. Find educational articles, business profiles, event postings, and help pages are available to offer ongoing support.
Oregon Department of Human Services is a great resource to see if a community has a complaint on file
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs in the United States; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums.
Age in Place | The National Aging in Place Council
The mission of the National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) is to make Aging in Place a universally known and widely utilized lifestyle option for older American adults via education, collaboration, advocacy and accessibility to services.
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
American Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
Disabled American Veterans | National Service Office
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.
LGBT National Help Center
The LGBT National Help Center provides support, respect & affirmation to the LGBTQ community. Through their hotlines they discuss questions & concerns dealing with sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and much more.
International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
International Association for Hospice and Palliative care serves as a global platform to inspire, inform and empower individuals, governments and organizations to increase access and optimize the practice of palliative care.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
NAELA attorneys are experienced and trained in working with legal problems of older Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities.
National Adult Day Services Association
Adult day services is a professional care setting in which older adults, adults living with dementia, or adults living with disabilities receive individualized therapeutic, social, and health services for some part of the day.
National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care
Aging Life Care™, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty.
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the largest and most respected professional association representing the interests of chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages and the caregivers who provide them with in-home health and hospice services.
National Association of Areas Agencies on Aging
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging helps build the capacity of members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. This is a great connection as you start searching for resources.
National Association of Professional Organizers
The National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) has over 3,500 members worldwide dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives.
National Captioning Institute
National Captioning Institute is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purposes are to deliver effective captioning services and encourage, develop and fund the continuing development of captioning, subtitling and other media access services for the benefit of people who require additional access to auditory and visual information
National Center for Assisted Living
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA). NCAL is dedicated to serving the needs of the assisted living community through national advocacy, education, networking, professional development, and quality initiatives.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and alternative medicine conducts and supports research and provide information about complementary health products and practices.
National Center on Elder Abuse
The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.
National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
The Administration for Community Living, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 23-member board of directors – is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.
National Council on Aging – NCOA
NCOA is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. They partner with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.
National Elder Law Foundation
The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. NELF’s Certified Elder Law Attorney designation is itself certified by the American Bar Association.
National Family Caregivers Association
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
National Hispanic Council on Aging
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers. By encouraging a multicultural dialogue and sharing the best of our talents, NHCOA believes in building a stronger America in which we can all age securely, with dignity, greater self-sufficiency, and in the best possible health.
National Hospice Foundation
National Hospice Foundation (NHF), the fundraising affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is dedicated to creating resources for individuals and their families facing serious and life-limiting illness, raising awareness and increasing access to hospice and palliative care, and providing ongoing professional education and skills development to hospice and palliative care professionals.
National Institute On Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
Long-term care ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care. They are trained to resolve problems. If you want, the ombudsman can assist you with complaints. However, unless you give the ombudsman permission to share your concerns, these matters are kept confidential.
National Older Worker Career Center
NOWCC promotes an age-diverse workforce through expanding the employment opportunities in government agencies for individuals 55 and over.
National Social Security Administration
Social Security is committed to helping maintain the basic well-being and protection of the people they serve. They pay benefits to about 64 million people including retirees, children, widows, and widowers. From birth, to marriage, and into retirement, they are there to provide support throughout life’s journey.
National Volunteer Caregiving Network
The National Volunteer Caregiving Network serves programs and organizations that provide volunteer caregiving throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. Membership offers a full gamut of support for executive directors, board members, volunteer coordinators and other executive leadership.