The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the national non-profit organization, the Alzheimer’s Association has support groups designed to meet the needs of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and the family members who care for them. 24-hour Helpline: 1.800.772.8672. www.alz.org/flgulfcoast
The Wellness Community of Southwest Florida offers professionally led programs of hope, support and education at no charge for cancer patients and their families/caregivers. www.wellness-swfl.org
Learn about cancer diagnoses, treatment options, support services and local community resources from The American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org
The Senior Friendship Center provides supportive aging services, activities, education and volunteerism. This non-profit serves as a good starting point to access local programs and services for older adults and their families. www.seniorfriendship.com
Doctor’s Choice is a Medicare and Joint Commission accredited home health agency providing physician- ordered home health care services in Sarasota, Florida. Services include symptom and disease management, medication management, mobility, home safety issues and a wide range of education are among the many needs covered. Available up to 7 days a week, depending on your needs. Doctor’s Choice is the affiliate organization of Help at Home Homecare. www.doctorschoicefl.com
Doctors Transport Service. Help at Home Homecare has partnered with Doctors Transport, a service that has been committed to providing prompt, courteous, dependable and affordable transportation services for nursing homes, adult day care centers and hospitals. They take special care with wheelchair transport services and also do stretcher transport services. Look for Help at Home’s name and logo on the back of their 14 vans. www.doctorstransport.com
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce provides an invaluable directory of businesses, organizations and community information. Find out more about life and leisure on the beautiful west coast of Florida at www.sarasotachamber.com.
Learn more about life in Charlotte County from the chamber’s website. Helpful community links and resources, business directory, recreational opportunities and more. Charlotte County encompasses the communities of Murdock, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor, and the city of Punta Gorda. www.charlottecountychamber.org.
Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) is the state of Florida’s home care educational and informational resource organization for Medicare, Medicaid, Hospice and Private home health care agencies.
To access the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov.
Help at Home is fully accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care which ensures standards of care based on home care organizations that “go the extra mile.” www.achc.org
AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service. www.aarp.org
Health information for the whole family at Family Doctor, a trusted affiliation of the American Academy of Family Physicians. www.familydoctor.org.
Look for the Caregiver Quality Assurance logo when choosing an agency to provide home care. The Caregiver Quality Assurance program is designed to identify home health care agencies and companion care companies that go above and beyond the norm when selecting quality caregivers. www.caregiverquality.org.
The American Heart Association provides information, tools and resources to patients, caregivers and professionals about cardiovascular disease and stroke. Risks, treatment options, articles, presentations are available through their website: www.americanheart.org.
Florida Medical Retreat connects worldwide clients with first-class medical care in the U.S. Patient care coordinators provide individual medical & travel itinerary services through a network of top rated hospitals, surgeons, rehabilitation and home health professionals. For more information visit www.floridamedicalretreat.com or call (800) 643-0529.