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Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter: http://www.alz.org/FLGulfCoast
The Alzheimer's Association chapter serves Pinellas and surrounding counties in Florida. Includes information and support groups, Caregiver's Day Out, Safe Return Program. Call 578-2558.

Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas: www.agingcarefl.org
The Agency provides the Senior Helpline, a federally funded service to help seniors and caregivers gain access to services in the community.
Call (727) 217-8111.

Better Business Bureau of West Florida: www.westflorida.bbb.org
Offers consumer information and assistance in resolving disputes between consumers and companies. Call (727) 535-5522.

Caring and Sharing Center for Independent Living: www.cascil.org
Non-profit organization in St. Petersburg, Florida, identifies options for housing, transportation, personal assistance services, equipment for loan, etc. for persons with disabilities. Call (727) 577-0065.

Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) www.casa-stpete.org
Domestic violence, safety planning, shelter, and services information with links to related resources. 24-hour helpline (727) 895-4912.

Directions for Mental Health, Inc.: www.directionsmh.org
Counseling services in North Pinellas County. Call (727) 524-4464.

Gulf Coast Community Care: www.gcjfs.org
Case management with a variety of support services. Also provides homemaker services. Other funds provide HIV/AIDS programs, Geriatric Crisis Team, and support for disabled adults. Call (727) 479-1800.

Gulf Coast Legal Services, Inc.: www.gulfcoastlegal.org.
Legal assistance with priority given to economically and socially needy seniors. Call (727) 443-0657.

Hospice of the Florida Suncoast: www.thehospice.org.
Hospice care (end-of-life) in Pinellas County also offers bereavement support, caregiver education, and other services for the public and training of professionals. Call (727) 586-4432.

Lighthouse of Pinellas www.lighthouseofpinellas.org
Services include comprehensive vision rehabilitation programs for adults and seniors, job placement services for adults, life enrichment programs for adults and seniors, an onsite product store, information and referral services.
Call (727) 544-4433

Neighborly Care Network: www.neighborly.org
Adult day care, EZride, transportation, home-delivered meals, and congregate meals. Other services are available. Call (727) 573-9444.

Pinellas County Government: www.pinellascounty.org
Pinellas County Human Services (formerly Social Services) receives funds for Energy Assistance for the Elderly (EHEAEP) and provides other services.
Call (727) 464-3000.

Pinellas County Consumer Protection: www.pinellascounty.org/consumer
Pinellas County government department offers consumer brochures, maintains online complaint form and a keeps a database of consumer complaints. Call (727) 464-6200.

Pinellas County Emergency Management: www.pinellascounty.org/ema
Click on Local Disaster Preparedness at the top of the page. Information includes St. Petersburg Times Hurricane Guide and other disaster planning information. Call (727) 464-3800.

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders): www.floridashine.org
SHINE is a free, volunteer-based, award-winning program health insurance counseling program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Counselors offer expertise on Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning and insurance. The Area Agency on Aging coordinates the information, counseling and assistance activities of the volunteers through the Senior Helpline. Call (727) 217-8111.

Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health: www.suncoastcenter.com
Case management with a variety of support services. Also in South Pinellas County area. Call (727) 327-7656.

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares: www.211tampabay.org
Online database for support groups, volunteer opportunities, organizations providing assistance and other resources. Available in multiple languages for Pinellas and Hernando Counties. Pinellas County information may also be requested by dialing the 211 information line.