Helping Florida Serve the Geriatric Care Needs of its Senior Citizens
Florida has many great resources for senior care and aging assistance. Over the last century elderly people have been migrating to Florida for its warm weather and healthy senior environment. Many times they are geographically separated from loved ones but wish to stay in Florida, but need some eldercare support to do so. Here at Aging Wisely we hope to continue in this long tradition of serving our nation’s elderly parents, relatives and loved ones.
Below you’ll find a list of links and senior care resources we believe important to not only helping Florida seniors care for themselves but also nationwide and international citizens looking to make Florida their home and families at a distance concerned about elderly loved ones living in Florida.
Below you can find resources dealing with Alzheimer’s, Florida Caregivers, Geriatric Care Management, Florida Prescription Drug Information, along with Housing and Legal Issues. If you’re trying to make the best healthcare choices, we offer specialized Medicaid and Medicare advocacy and analysis.
The following links are great resources as you navigate your senior care journey, but we know it can be confusing to figure this all out alone! We encourage you to contact us at 727-447-5845 for a personal needs analysis or reach out online for further information on Florida eldercare, healthcare or geriatric care management.
http://www.alz.org – Alzheimer’s Association
http://www.alzheimers.org – Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center – information about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
http://www.caregiving.com – Solutions to caregiving situations, managing stress and making decisions
http://www.caregiver.org – Family Caregiver Alliance, a non-profit organization for family caregivers and the professionals with whom they work (provides research, education, awareness, advocacy)
http://www.easylivingfl.com/blog/-EasyLiving Florida home caregivers’ blog offers a wide array of information for family and professional senior caregivers.
http://www.parentgiving.com – Information & Resources for Caregivers
http://www.ec-online.net – Online community for elder caregivers
http://www.caremanager.org – National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, information on the field of care management and links to geriatric care managers throughout the U.S. and in other areas of Florida.
http://www.needymeds.com -This website offers comprehensive information on patient assistance programs and prescription drug information.
www.medicare.gov – Medicare’s official site
http://www.mypillbox.org – Allows you to make weekly medicine schedules, including pictures of medicines
http://www.ismp.org/ – Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit organization educating professionals and consumers on safe medication practices
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch – FDA safety information and adverse event reporting program
ELDER CARE/SENIOR ISSUES
http://www.easylivingfl.com – EasyLiving, Inc. provides home health care and senior home care services in Pinellas County, Florida.
http://www.eldercare.gov – The Eldercare Locator has a listing of government and local eldercare services (good place to find contact information, but will not offer recommendations).
http://www.benefitscheckup.org – Searchable listings of various benefits programs that help seniors pay for costs of food, utilities, prescription drugs, etc.
http://www.aoa.gov – Administration on Aging, created by the Older Americans Act
http://www.agingcare.com – AgingCare.com is an online community that connects people caring for elderly parents to other caregivers, personalized information and local resources.
http://www.agingwisely.com/category/blog/- Aging Wisely’s weekly blog posts cover the most current topics in aging, caregiver questions and insights from our eldercare experts. Leave us a comment or question you’d like answered!
http://www.nih.gov – National Institute of Health
http://www.caringinfo.org – Caring Connections from the National Hospice Foundation, information on end of life care and downloadable state-specific advance directives.
http://www.familydoctor.org – American Academy of Family Physicians’ patient information site, search for useful articles/topics related to seniors and family health
http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us – Florida Health & Human Services: Agency for Health Care Administration (state surveys of nursing homes, home health and other eldercare and healthcare organizations, healthcare regulation information and state updates)
http://www.apdaparkinson.org – American Parkinson’s Disease Association. The Information and Referral Center-West Coast of Florida can be contacted at 727-328-6246.
http://www.leadingage.org – Previously called the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
Guide to Choosing the Best Assisted Living- Tips for choosing a care facility for seniors from our eldercare experts who know the inside scoop on care facilities
Florida Health Finder-Facility Locator – A listing of all regulated Florida health entities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health agencies, managed by Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.
Senior Citizen Housing Information- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s information for seniors on housing assistance and various programs
http://www.naela.org – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – assists lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families – resource of information, education, networking and assistance
http://www.nsclc.org – National Senior Citizens Law Center – advocates nationwide to promote independence and well being of low-income elderly individuals and persons wit disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethic minorities
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
http://www.medicare.gov – The official U.S. government site for Medicare information. Includes search tools for helpful contacts, Medicare personal plan finders, nursing home information and frequently asked questions.
http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/ – Center for Medicare Advocacy
http://www.cms.hhs.gov – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – information for consumers and professional regarding Medicare and Medicaid
Florida Health Finder’s Medicaid information – Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration’s portal for Florida Medicaid information and key contacts.
Medicaid Fact Sheet- The latest Medicare numbers and an overview of the various parts of Medicare, presented in a clear, concise manner.
Medicare Under 65 – Overview of information and resources for people under age 65 who may qualify for Medicare coverage, such as those with disabilities.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES
http://www.va.gov – Department of Veteran’s Affairs
http://www.ssa.gov - Social Security Administration and Social Security Online
http://www.elderabusecenter.org – National Center on Elder Abuse
http://www.myflorida.com – The state of Florida’s official web portal, with a wide variety of information and links on government services. Contains specific sections on elders ans retirement in Florida with links to various senior services and information for older adults in Florida.
For more information about how you and your family can prepare for eldercare, contact us at 727-447-5845 and get your copy of our Essential Eldercare Checklist.