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Home Care Resources

AARP Foundation – www.aarp.org
National AARP – (888) 687-2277
SC State Office – (866) 389-5655

AARP Chapter 7 Charleston – Phone: Martha Gomez  (843) 762-1512

National Council on Aging – www.ncoa.org

National Institute On Aging – Twenty questions for long distance caregivers.  http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/LongDistanceCaregiving/

Charleston County Medical Society – Charleston area physician referral information. Website address: www.charlestonmedicalsociety.org Telephone: (843) 577-3613

Charleston County Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program – Seniors (60 and above, who reside in the Tri-county Area) tutor and/or mentor children with special needs or those deemed at risk of failure.  Seniors work in educational settings, residential, Headstart, and Day Care facilities for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  Telephone: (843) 722-4127

Charleston County Diabetes Coalition – A diabetes coalition for consumers, agencies, organizations, volunteers, and people with diabetes.  Website address: www.bcddc.groupsite.com Telephone: (843) 792-5469

Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter – Trident Office – Group offers educational workshops and seminars, support groups, information and referral, and educational literature. Help Line, respite assistance program and autopsy referral information also provided. Quarterly newsletter provided. Social worker on staff available to visit house-bound individuals in their homes in the tricounty area.
Cawana Wilson, Lowcountry Program Director
Email Address: cawana.wilson@alz.org

Alzheimer’s Research and Clinical Programs – A wide range of clinical drug trials and other types of research studies are offered for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, monitoring and study medicines are offered at no cost to qualified participants of clinical drug trials.Research staff members collaborate closely with the patients’ primary care physician. No referrals necessary, confidential and voluntary.

Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, Research Doctor
Email Address: mitzerj@musc.edu
Phone: (843) 740-1592

Charleston Veterans Center – Offers benefits information counseling for readjustment, marital issues, and bereavement.  In addition, homeless veteran services, job counseling and other services provided.
Website address: www.va.gov
Telephone: (843) 789-7000

Charleston Miracle League Volunteer Program – provides accessible recreational opportunities for all children and adults with physical and/or mental challenges so they can participate first hand as team members in an organized baseball league.  Website address: www.charlestonmiracleleague.org telephone: (843) 792-7491

Charleston County School District Volunteer Program- Coordinates K-12 and Adult education programs for the school district.
Website address: www.charleston.k12.sc.us
(843) 937-6506

American Heart Association – Charleston – Seeks to prevent heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Educational resources on preventive measures. Call or use website to find CPR trainings and other first aid instruction. CPR, BLS and ACLS classes at Bons Secour St. Francis Hospital, MUSC and Lowcountry EMS (888-277-5463). Call for more information. Toll Free number has recorded information in Spanish.

American Lung Association – Coastal Region – Information and referral available for programs on tobacco, asthma, TB and other lung diseases. Program offers the Freedom From Smoking Classes and other online programs.  Katrina Taylor, Regional Director, Email Address: ktaylor@alase.org

American Red Cross Emergency (Disaster) Services – Carolina Lowcountry ChapterIf someone has had a fire, etc, please be sure to ask them if they have already contacted Red Cross. If they have contacted them, do not refer them back to Red Cross. Disaster Services provides immediate emergency assistance to house fire victims; shelter team members set up and operate shelters during storm evacuations and other disasters; caseworkers interview families affected by disasters and provide financial assistance and referrals for disaster relief only. These services are available 24/7.  Website Address: www.lowcountryredcross.org Phone: (843) 764-2323.

Carolina Hospice CareThe Hospice multi-disciplinary team focuses on pain and symptom management and living life to the fullest. Support and guidance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for families experiencing grief and loss.  Website Address: www.carolinahospicecare.com

Catholic Charities – Early Memory Loss Support Group – Support group for anyone with early memory loss due to Alzheimer’s, stroke, head injury, etc. Caretakers are welcome to attend as well.  Contact Sister Pat Keating. (843) 308-9361

Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services – Services include: *emergency food and food pantry *foster grandparent program *home delivered meals *in-home services *recreational, health & wellness programs *senior centers with hot noon meals *senior companion program *subsidized housing *transportation service to senior centers and special trips Satellite office for volunteer services: 117 S. Main St., Summerville 821-5000 (Kathy Klochkoff) Subsidized Housing Office: Ansonborough House 71 Society St., Charleston 723-8613 (Donna Cook) Sandra Clair, Executive Director,  Email Address: chassenior@sc-online.net

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs Volunteer ProgramMission: The mission of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to stimulate and advocate broad public support of the arts. In efforts to make our festivals accessible to everyone, we coordinate a variety of outreach performances allowing the public to enjoy festival activities in their own environment from local and regional artists. Our festivals offer something for people of all ages, either admission-free or very modestly-priced.  Contact Frances Smalls-Joyner, Email: joynerf@ci.charleston.sc.us , phone: (843)724-7305.

American Cancer Society – Trident – Program organized to deliver cancer prevention, early detection, and patient services programs at the community level. Website provides information about cancer treatment, support and more. Ashley Cashon, Community Manager, Email address: ashley.cashon@cancer.org Phone #: (843) 744-1922

Civic Justice Corps Lunch Buddy Volunteer ProgramMission: Noisette Foundation works with the people of N. Charleston to build a healthy sustainable community where neighbors help neighbors and work to improve their community together by solving problems and by celebrating local art, history and culture.  David Snyder, Program Director
Email Address: dsnyder@noisettefoundation.org , Phone: (843)-554-6399

Foster GrandparentsSeniors (60 and above) tutor and/or mentor children with special needs or those deemed at risk of failure. Seniors work in educational settings, residential facilities, head-starts, and day cares for 15 or more hours per week.  Gloria McKelvey, Director
Email Address: chasenior@sc-online.net, Phone: (843) 722-4127

Healthcare Information and Referral Network – Online resource directory assists in finding free and affordable medical care. The site lists doctors and specialists that accept Medicaid or uninsured patients. Program can help with information about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program and resources for obtaining free and discounted medication or prescriptions. http://www.schealthcare.org/

Hospice Center of Charleston – The Center is a 20-bed, retreat-like, atmosphere serving medically eligible and actively enrolled hospice patients and their families with professional and compassionate end-of-life care.  Catherine Cosgrove, Executive Director
Email Address: info@hospiceofcharleston.org.

Jewish Community Center Mind, Body, and Soul Senior Program – Seniors Program features speaker and discussion periodically. Topics include current events, health, hobbies, religion and more. Light refreshments provided. The senior department includes a Friday movie, a monthly book club, Sunday brunches, WWII vets lunches, special programs and over-night trips, senior aerobics classes and much more. Monthly outings to museums, area gardens, the movies and other local places of interest are planned. Trips are frequently planned to visit sights in other cities like Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Savannah and Walterboro. Light weight work out and resistance training for the upper and lower body. This class also features stretching and relaxation exercises. Classes are held MWF. TRANSPORTATION Transportation to JCC sponsored events, medical appointments, and grocery shopping is provided for Senior Adult Members at a nominal charge. Seniors must call the JCC in advance to arrange for transportation. Transportation will be provided to members living West of the Ashley, downtown and James Island areas on a first come basis.  Contact:  Sandra All, Senior Services
Email Address: sandraa@charlestonjcc.org

ICYOUwww.icyou.com

Company name: Home Care Plus – Dublin, Ireland
URL: http://www.homecareplus.ie
Description: Home care, home help, home assistance and care in the home to all age groups to the highest possible standards for a private homecare company in Dublin.

CaringBridgewww.caringbridge.org

Mesothelioma Center – Is dedicated to raising mesothelioma awareness and the dangers of asbestos. In addition provides support and treatment options for those with malignant mesothelioma. Web Address: http://www.asbestos.com/