American Association Of Homes And Services For The Aging (AAHSA)

901 E Street NW Suite 500

Washington, D.C. 20004-2011


A national association of several thousand not-for-profit nursing homes and health related facilities.

Administration On Aging

American Health Care Association (AHCA)

1201 L Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20005-4014


A federation of state health care organizations whose members included thousands of licensed nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

Council Of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)

4200 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, Va 22003


Eldercare Locator


Healthcare Financing Administration (HCFA)

Nursing Home Database

Guide To Choosing A Nursing Home

Joint Commission On Accreditation Of Health Care Organizations:

One Renaissance Blvd

Oakbrook Terrace, Il. 60181


This commission evaluates and accredits U.S. health care organizations and nursing homes.

National Association Of Area Agencies On Aging

927 15th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20005


National Citizen’s Coalition For Nursing Reform (NCCNHR)

1424 Sixteenth Street NW Suite 202

Washington, D.C. 20036-2211


Represents organizations helping to protect the rights while improving the quality of life of long-term care facility residents. The Ombudsman program providing services to the state ombudsmen who resolve complaints and advocate for nursing home residents also is based here.

National Council On Aging

409 Third St SW

Washington, D.C. 20024


Nursing Home Information Service (NHIS)

National Council Of Senior Citizens

8403 Colesville Rado 12th floor

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Information and referral service for long term care.
Other Websites:


State Agencies On Aging

State Agencies On Aging – Caregiving Articles (

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Abuse and Neglect

National Center For Elder Abuse

Elder Care free referral and placement service for the elderly 800 662-1998

Nursing Home Information 800 427-8700

Nursing Home Ratings, Rankings and Quality of Care Reports

Senior Housing Net
Elder Abuse
Nat. Health Info.Clearinghouse on Aging

(202) 245-2158 Data

Washington D.C

Legal Counsel for the Aging

(202) 728-4333 Legal

Washington D.C

National Center On Aging

(202) 682-0100 Elder Abuse

Washington D.C

American Assn. of Retired Persons

(202) 872-4700 Soc. & Legal Srvcs

Washington D.C.

© Copyright 2000 by Gail R. Mitchell


  • Ms. Mitchell began her full-time caregiving experience in the early eighties when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Later on she became the primary caregiver for her father, along with her mother who had become critically ill from burnout prior to her dad’s passing. In recent years, she cared for several friends with AIDS while continuing to care for her mother and actively providing support, information, referrals and resources for caregivers.

    Gail's leadership on the Internet and her success with Empowering Caregivers led her to found National Organization For Empowering Caregivers (NOFEC) INC in 2001.

    Prior to founding NOFEC, she created the iVillageHealth Chat: Empowering Caregivers, which she hosted for over 5 years. Within a month of hosting she created Empowering Caregivers: in 1999 as a resource for caregivers around the globe. Over three million visitors have frequented the website.

    She has presented at national and international care-related conferences and programs and has been a keynote speaker for many programs as well.

    Ms Mitchell has assisted thousands of caregivers online and offline in ways to empower themselves in their roles in caring for loved ones.

    For a list of clients and/or her resume, please contact

    Gail's articles have been published in many venues nationally and in Canada. Presently, she is a member of American Society on Aging and National Quality Caregivers Coalition.

    Gail has discovered that there is life after caregiving: She has become a successful ceramic artist and installation artist. She created Crystal Illumination Art to bring the transformative quality of illumination, light and color to the human experience and celebrate its ability to inspire, heal and nourish our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.