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Community Resources

We care for and support our community.

Our Care Support team identifies free and low cost local resources (transportation, food resources, medication assistance) to help you. As we find new resources, we will update our site.

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Within our organization, our care support team takes support one step further and works with our providers and their patients to help reach individual health goals helping one person at a time. This is how we learn more about our community, our community's needs and resources.

For more information, visit our network page and speak with your physician about how we can help you reach your health goals.

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211 Heart of Florida United Way

211 Heart of Florida United Way

Looking for affordable housing, quality day care or utility assistance? Are you dealing with a personal crisis, struggling with thoughts of suicide or seeking help with an aging parent? Simply dial, 2-1-1. United Way’s a free 24-hour information and referral helpline, which links people in need with assistance from more than 2,000 local health and human service programs. Staffed 24-hours a day 7-days a week by caring, highly trained, multilingual operators, 2-1-1 is your connection to finding help with a variety of needs.

Services include:

  • Utilities, Housing and Food
  • Youth and Child Care Issues
  • Physical and Mental Health Services
  • 24-hour Crisis and Suicide Counseling
  • Elder Services
  • And much, much more

Contact: Dial 2-1-1 or visit the website at http://211.org/

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Alzheimer's/Memory Disorder Support

Alzheimer’s Family Organization

Alzheimer’s Family Organization: The following programs are offered through the Alzheimer’s Family Organization to residents of Lake county
• Respite Assistance Program — for caregivers of a dementia or Alzheimer’s disease sufferer. The Alzheimer’s Family Organization also will provide other national respite resources that can reimburse costs to caregivers.
Reimburse $250 a year for care, can be friends or professional
• Wanderers Identification Program — provides the person with a memory disorder with an identifying bracelet or pendant with a code number and direct telephone number to the Sheriff’s Office. If the person becomes lost or wanders from home, they can be identified through a shared database that houses essential patient information and caregiver contacts.
$30 non-members Free for Members
For information, call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

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Wanderers Identification Program

The Alzheimer’s Family Organization offers a program to provider identification bracelets to patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The program gives people gives people with memory disorders ID bracelets or pendants with code numbers and phone numbers for participating sheriff’s offices. People can be identified through a database that has patient information and caregiver contacts.

For more information about the program ca 888-496-8004.

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Alzheimer’s Helpers

Focuses of AD patients that have no family support system. Helps provide equipment. Provides help when family or caregivers cannot. All activities are done with groups.

Contact: Bill Fay – 871 Vindale Rd. Tavares, FL 32778 – www.alzheimershelpers.org

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Alzheimer’s Association Helpline

Helpline that provides information on Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss. Medication and treatment options, brain health and care options. All age groups.

Contact: 800-272-3900 or www.alz.org

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Caregiver Support

Cooper Memorial Library

Caregiver support group held the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:00PM at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive Room 108-B, Clermont, FL 34711

Contact: Deborah Show (352) 406-8465 or Carol McCarthy (352) 454-8303

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Dayspring Village

Caregivers Support Group, where caregivers can share tips, insights, receive support and information about local resources. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 1:00PM at 2725 Robie Avenue, Mt. Dora, FL 32757

Contact: Call Ruth Blake at (352) 383-3310 or email ruthiejayb@yahoo.com

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Family Caregiver Alliance

Education and Advocacy services. Helps support and sustain the important work of families caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. 24/7 help is available.

Contact: www.caregiver.org

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Caring.com

A leading online destination for caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. They offer thousands of original articles, helpful tools, and advice from more than 50 experts.  All age groups.

Contact: www.caring.com

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Care Together

Tools for families with caregiving responsibilities to help manage appointments, asking for help in different situations.  This free service provides easy scheduling and custom task manager, journaling and photo sharing. The ability to post updated to popular social networks and 24/7 access.

Contact: www.caretogether.com – 24/7

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Dental Care

Dental Clinic Osceola County

Dental clinic for seniors and emergency adult care.

Contact: 407.343.2160

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Disaster Preparedness

Elder Assistance Programs

LovExtension

LovExtension provides a visitation service on a weekly or monthly basis. The visit may be to persons that are hospitalized, residing in a nursing home, assisted living facility, retirement community, or home.

If a loved one is in need of someone to help them with groceries, picking up medicine, or just needs some attention, please get in contact with Linda Krupski.

Contact: For more information, call Linda Krupski at (352) 669-1121

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Anointed Community Services

Anointed Community Services (ACS) is a nonprofit community-based organization that is committed to help vulnerable and under-served citizens of Florida; the young, elderly, the homeless, and the disadvantaged individuals in Lake and surrounding counties.

The services they provide include but are not limited to:
Job Prep/ Resume Training/ LifeSkills
Legal Document Service & Immigration Form Assistance
Computer Training in Word, PowerPoint and Excel
Human Resources Training
Utility Assistance
Summer Youth Program

ACS also provides assistance to clients who need help applying for:
Food Stamps
Medicaid
Cash Assistance
Social Security Disability
Unemployment
Provides Driver Safety & CarFit Classes for Seniors 55+ (AARP)
Assist with Utility Payments
Small Food Pantry

Contact: www.anointedcs.org

Phone Number: (352) 404-7898

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Cares

Department of Elder Affairs preadmission screening program for nursing facility or alternative placement.

Contact: 400 W. Robinson Street South Tower, Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 540-3865

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Food and Nutrition Resources

How to Lower High Cholesterol through Diet

Do you have high cholesterol? It’s very common. While age, gender, and genetics are out of our control, we can do a lot still to improve our cholesterol levels, especially through diet.

Contact: Visit http://www.nutritionsecrets.com/how-to-lower-high-cholesterol-through-diet/ to learn how to lower your high cholesterol

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Catering by Creative Events

Catering by Creative Events provides a creative flair to special events, small gatherings and even weddings!  They specialize in full-service catering and food preparation and drop off.

Contact: For more information, please call (352) 536-2599 or visit their website at http://creativeeventscatering.net/index.html

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Food With Care, Inc.

Home Delivered Meals

Private Pay Flyer

Contact: (407) 657-3880
www.foodwithcare.com

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Area Agency on Aging Senior Resource Alliance

Congregate and Delivery of food for seniors.

Contact: http://www.seniorresourcealliance.org/ – 988 Woodstock Rd. #200 Orlando, Fl. 32803 – 407.514.1800

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Loaves and Fishes

Food Pantry and some financial assistance for qualified area residents in need. No Government funding.

Contact: lory@loavesandfishesapopka.com – 206 E. 8th Street Apopka, Fl. 32703 – 407.886.6005

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida

Family assistance, food pantry, assistance with rent and or utilities.

Contact: 407.658.1818

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Application assistance for Food Stamps and Medicaid.  All ages.

Contact: http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_locations

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Mid Florida Community Services

Provides congregate meals and Meals on Wheels for those aged 60 and older.

Contact: Lake County - South Lake Presbyterian Church 131 Chestnut Street Clermont, FL 34711 - (352) 394-7905

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Mid Florida Community Services

Seniors 60+. Congregate meals & activities, home delivered meals, respite care and utility assistance for those who qualify.

Contact: Senior Services – 352-326-3540 – 1211 Penn St Leesburg, Fl. 34748 – http://www.mfcs.us.com/

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Meals on Wheels & Senior Meal Programs

Provides meals for seniors.

Contact: Food for Friends – 352-394-2412 – 950 7th St @ 1st United Methodist Church Clermont, FL 34711

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Health & Aging

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

A guide to assist you in improving your health by getting involved in physical activities such as exercising, walking the dog, gardening and more!

Contact: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/exercise-physical-activity/introduction

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Legal Aid: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida

Provides legal services for persons who would not otherwise have the means to obtain a lawyer.

Contact: Kissimmee Office: 800 N. Main St., Kissimmee, FL 34744
For the Helpline, please call (407) 847-0053

Ocala Office: 1610 SE 36th Ave Ste 301 Ocala, FL 34471
For the Helpline, please call (352) 629-0105

Orlando Office: 122 East Colonial Drive #200, Orlando, FL 32801
For the Helpline, please call (407) 841-7777

Sanford Office: 315 Magnolia Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771
For the Helpline, please call (407) 322-8983

Tavares Office: 226 West Main Street, Tavares, FL 32778
For the Helpline, please call (352) 343-0815

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Medication Assistance

Needy Meds Health Care Assistance

An information resource devoted to helping people in need, find assistance programs to help them afford medications and costs related to health care.  All age groups.

Contact: www.needymeds.org

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Good Days

Full service financial and medication assistance organization which exists to improve the health and quality of like of patients battling chronic disease, cancer or other life-altering conditions, who cannot afford the medications they so desperately need. All age groups.

Contact: http://www.gooddaysfromcdf.org/

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Safety at Home

Preventing Falls at Home

Have you done a safety check in your own home recently? Take precautionary measures to prevent you from falls and injuries around your home.

http://www.n4a.org/files/PreventingFalls.pdf

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Social Services

S.H.I.N.E (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders)

Provides educational materials and free unbiased counseling to elders on Medicare, Medicaid regarding prescription drug coverage, long term care planning and insurance.

Contact: www.floridashine.org | 407.514.1800

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R.E.L.I.E.F (Respite for Elders Living in Everyday families)

Offers a much needed break to family members and loved ones who provide constant care for a frail elder and those stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

Contact: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/relief.php

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Osceola County Human Services Office

Resident will receive overall evaluation of their needs and will be matched up to available resources.

Contact: Main office 330 N Beaumont Ave Kissimmee, Fl. 34741 – 407.742.8400 – Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. http://www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/human-services/

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Social Services of Osceola County

Provides limited assistance to eligible residents of Osceola County.

Contact: Main Office 330 N Beaumont Ave Kissimmee, Fl.34741 407-742-8400 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

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Support Groups

Caring.com

A leading online destination for caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. They offer thousands of original articles, helpful tools, and advice from more than 50 experts.  All age groups.

Contact: www.caring.com

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Care Together

Tools for families with caregiving responsibilities to help manage appointments, asking for help in different situations.  This free service provides easy scheduling and custom task manager, journaling and photo sharing. The ability to post updated to popular social networks and 24/7 access.

Contact: www.caretogether.com – 24/7

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Alzheimer’s Helpers

Focuses of AD patients that have no family support system. Helps provide equipment. Provides help when family or caregivers cannot. All activities are done with groups.

Contact: Bill Fay – 871 Vindale Rd. Tavares, FL 32778 – www.alzheimershelpers.org

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Alzheimer’s Association Helpline

Helpline that provides information on Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss. Medication and treatment options, brain health and care options. All age groups.

Contact: 800-272-3900 or www.alz.org

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Transportation

Lake County Connection

Lake County Connection is a state-funded paratransit service that provides low-cost transportation to individuals who qualify as “transportation disadvantaged” as defined by state statues.

To complete the application, please download the document below:

Lake County Connection Application

To begin the application process, it is recommended to contact Lake County Connection at (352) 326-2278 or email lakecounty97@mvtransit.com as the process can take up to two weeks to process.

Contact: For more information, please call (352) 326-2278

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Access Lynx- Bus Transportation

Access Lynx is a bus transportation service that offers their services to individuals who are not able to use the regular fixed bus route service due to a disability or other limitations.

Bus passes for seniors and customers with disabilities are available at a discounted rate through the AdvantAge program.

If you are interested in using the Access Lynx paratransit service, please download the following to access the application.

Lynx AdvantAge Program

*NOTE: The application is to be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the Lynx organization.

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Lake Express Bus Service

No service on weekends and Holidays.  Half price for Seniors 60 and older. Disabled and Veterans as well.

Contact: 352-326-8637 For schedules & location of stops

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Utility Resources

Tips for Saving Energy During the Winter

In the winter, when many people turn on their heaters and put up holiday lights, gas and electric bills can be much higher than usual. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a family spends more than $1,900 a year on electricity bills and other utilities. A big part of those costs come from wasted energy during those cold months. However, you can save on winter energy costs if you make some changes in certain areas of your home. For those of us in Florida these tips can be helpful during the colder days.
Lighting
Improve the lighting in your home and save energy.

  • Replace traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last between 6 and 12 times longer. Remember to turn off any lights that aren’t in use.
  • Consider using LED lights for Christmas decorations. These use 90% less energy than the standard Christmas lights.

Thermostats and heating
Keep your home warm and comfortable.

  • Install a programmable thermostat for your home’s heating system.
  • Keep the doors and windows closed while the heat is on.
  • Frequently change the filters in your furnace.
  • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

General tips
Be energy efficient throughout your home.

  • Only use the exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathrooms when necessary.
  • Repair any water leaks in the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, etc.
  • Use power strips to plug in portable heaters, television and cell phone chargers. That way, you can turn off the power switch when the devices are not in use.
  • If you’re thinking of replacing your appliances, make sure they have an Energy Star logo. Energy Star products are more energy efficient.

 

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Energy Assistance Programs

During the winter, the government helps low income families with their energy bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps families pay some of their heating costs. To see if you qualify for these benefits, contact your local LIHEAP office for more information.

Contact: Ms. Jean Amison
Planning Manager
Community Assistance Section
Office of Housing and Community Development
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
107 East Madison Street, MSC-400
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4120
TEL: (850) 717-8468
FAX: (850) 488-2488
E-MAIL: floridaliheap@dca.state.fl.us
WEB SITE: www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services/community-services
(http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services/community-services/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program)
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: (850) 717-8450

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Mid Florida Community Services

Provides congregate meals and Meals on Wheels for those aged 60 and older.

Contact: Lake County - South Lake Presbyterian Church 131 Chestnut Street Clermont, FL 34711 - (352) 394-7905

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Mid Florida Community Services

Seniors 60+. Congregate meals & activities, home delivered meals, respite care and utility assistance for those who qualify.

Contact: Senior Services – 352-326-3540 – 1211 Penn St Leesburg, Fl. 34748 – http://www.mfcs.us.com/

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