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Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida-Elder Care

Helpline 866-413-5337
http://www.aaaswfl.org/

Informative web site offering seniors and their caregivers in Sarasota County referrals to services and other resources in the community. Services include the elder helpline, home, community-based care, SHINE (Medicare counseling), elder abuse prevention, EHEAP (emergency home energy assistance, MIPPA (Medicare savings for low-income individuals), respite care, and other resources.

Benefits Check Up

(Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging)
http://www.benefitscheckup.org/

Informative website for individuals 55 or older with limited income and resources. You can be screened to see if you qualify for any federal, state, local & private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care, housing, and other needs.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Elder Helpline 800-963-5337
http://www.elderaffairs.state.fl.us/

An informative website offering information and referral assistance service linking the caller to federal, state, and local resources.

 

Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program      

Provides financial assistance towards heating and utility bills in arrears to low-income eligible applicants who are at least 60 years of age or older.

Local Offices:

Sarasota                            Senior Friendship Center                                                            941-955-2122

Bradenton                        Manatee County Board of Commissioners                                 941-749-3030

Venice                              Senior Friendship Center                                                            941-584-0065

North Port                        City of North Port Service Center                                              941-429-3700

ITN Suncoast

http://www.itnsuncoast.org/

Offers transportation options in Sarasota and Manatee Counties for people 60 years of age or older and adults with vision challenges. Affordable fares. See the website for the application process.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast

http://www.jfcs-cares.org/

Senior services include Alzheimer’s and caregiver counseling and supportive services. They also provide a variety of other senior services, including caregiver hotlines, support groups, counseling for seniors, cancer support, and wellness and bereavement support groups.

Kinship Care Support Groups

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Other Relative Caregivers
http://www.raisingyourgrandchildren.com/

The informative website provides local and state resources for grandparents and kinship caregivers, covering several topics such as social services, health, mental health, financial assistance, legal issues, and much more. It also connects you to local support groups in your area.

Manatee Children’s Services

http://www.manateechildrensservices.com

It offers caregivers who have taken on the role of raising a child advocacy services, support groups, and crisis intervention.

Lutheran Services

http://www.lsfnet.org/

Provides guardianship to some of the community’s most vulnerable citizens. Program is dedicated to protecting incapacitated individuals, most of whom are disadvantaged, frail, and elderly, from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. By being legally appointed as a guardian of these individuals, they can regularly assist and monitor their needs, including food, clothing, shelter, and medical conditions.

Manatee County Aging Network

http://www.manateecountyagingnetwork.org/

Provides information, referral, and assistance to programs and services meeting the needs of seniors 60 years of age and older, including home health, geriatric care management, financial and legal services.

Neuro Challenge Foundation

http://www.neurochallenge.org/

Connects you with local resources for those who have Parkinson’s disease. Care Advisors guide you to the various education, support, and therapeutic programs in your area. It also offers monthly support and online programs.

Roskamp Institute Memory Clinic

http://www.roskampclinic.org/

Specializes in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, providing superior diagnostic and clinical services to dementia patients and their caregivers. Also, it includes a list of resources for the caregivers.

Sarasota County Senior Advocacy Council

http://www.scsac.net/

The mission is to address the unmet needs of low-income individuals over 50 living in Sarasota County by appropriate referrals and services. They also provide life alert buttons, durable medical equipment such as walkers, canes, wheelchairs, grab bars, and much more. General meetings are held once a month, and all are welcome to attend.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic

https://www.smh.com/Home/Services/Memory-Disorders

A team including a geriatrician, neurologist, and neuropsychologist provides expert diagnostic services and support and education for caregivers. It also provides seminars, support groups, and free memory screening.

Senior Friendship Centers

Senior Centers for those 50 years and older 941-955-2122
http://www.friendshipcenters.org/

Provides a variety of services such as help in accessing Federal Assistance Programs such as Medicaid and Food Stamps, help with budgeting, free one-time legal assistance, Medicare counseling, variety of classes and programs, low-cost lunch, entertainment, medical help, caregiver support groups, adult day care programs, home-delivered meals home share and other programs. Some of their programs include Adult Day Care, Caregiver Resource Center, Geriatric Care, Friendship at Home, Nutrition Services, Home Share Program, and Health and Dental Services.

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)

Elder Helpline 866-413-5337
http://www.floridashine.org/

Provides materials and free, unbiased insurance counseling to Florida elders, adults with disabilities, caregivers, and family members. The goal is to help you make informed decisions about health care coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning, and other issues. Goodwill Manasota and the Senior Friendship Centers are currently offering free counseling.

Tidewell Hospic

941-552-7500

Administrative Office
Sarasota Office
5955 Rand Blvd
Sarasota, Florida 34238



Administrative Education Office
Lakewood Ranch Office
6310 Capital Drive
Suite 100
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202


Provides Hospice Comfort Care in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. Services include case management, professional nursing, staff physicians, Hospice Houses, pain control, symptom management, respite program, emotional support, spiritual support, pharmacy, home medical equipment, children’s services, approved home health, and 24-hour on-call. No one is denied care because of financial hardship.