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Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida-Elder Care
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 800-963-5337http://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.
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
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast
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 Caregivershttp://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.
5104 Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, Florida 34234
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
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
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
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
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
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 941-955-2122http://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 866-413-5337http://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.
5955 Rand Blvd
Sarasota, Florida 34238
Administrative Education Office
Lakewood Ranch Office
6310 Capital Drive
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.