These links have a caregiver focus. For additional links to web sites that focus on local aging resources in the Florida counties of Pasco and Pinellas, click here.
ABC Action News: www.wfts.com. Local ABC television affiliate Channel 11 in Tampa Bay, Florida area. Investigators have helped consumers.
Alzheimer's Association, Gulf Coast Chapter (formerly Tampa Bay Chapter): www.alz-tbc.org. Web site of Alzheimer's Association chapter which serves Pinellas and surrounding counties in Florida. Includes information and support groups by county, Caregiver's Day Out, Safe Return Program (notice hyphen).
Alzheimer's Family Organization:www.alzheimersfamily.org Alzheimer's Family Organization offers educational programs, respite care, and support groups in Pasco and other central Florida counties.
Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. (AAAPP) or AgingCareFL: www.agingcarefl.org. Click on For Caregivers and on your choice of other topics, such as Aging Network and Services and Programs. Includes a searchable, on-line data base to increase access to government funded programs, non-profit agencies, and private businesses serving seniors in Pasco and Pinellas counties as well as in other areas of the state.
Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.: www.bals.org. Receives funds through AAAPP contract to provide legal assistance in Pasco County with priority given to economically and socially needy seniors.
Bay News 9.com: www.baynews9.com. Associated with Bay News 9 Television Station in Tampa Bay, Florida area. Health, Weather, News by County, Coupons, and more.
Better Business Bureau of West Florida: www.bbbwestflorida.org. Offers consumer information and assistance in resolving disputes between consumers and companies.
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. Site lists ADA rules.
Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc. (CARES, Inc.): www.caresfl.com. Receives funds through AAAPP contract to serve as "lead agency" in Pasco County. Provides case management with a variety of support services. Also provides homemaker, health promotion, and other services.
Creative Clay: www.creativeclay.org. Cultural arts organization in St. Petersburg and Safety Harbor, Florida offers therapeutic art classes for stroke survivors and other challenged persons.
Directions for Mental Health, Inc.: www.directionsmh.org. Receives funds through AAAPP contract to provide counseling services in North Pinellas County.
Faith In Action Upper Pinellas (formerly Upper Pinellas Interfaith Caregivers): www.upivc.org. Faith-based organization of volunteers who provide non-medical services such as transportation to home-bound persons in North Pinellas County, Florida. More volunteers are needed to assist others. Use online form to request more information about services, to volunteer, or to provide other support.
Fox 13 Tampa Bay: www.wtvt.com. Fox local affiliate Channel 13 in Tampa Bay, Florida area. Includes Investigators, Consumer Lawyer, One-Tank Trips.
Gulf Coast Community Care (Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc.): www.gcjfs.org. Receives funds through AAAPP contract to serve as one of two "lead agencies" for Pinellas County. Provides 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.
Gulf Coast Legal Services, Inc.: www.gulfcoastlegal.org. Receives funds through AAAPP contract to provide legal assistance with priority given to economically and socially needy seniors.
Gulfport City: www.ci.gulfport.fl.us. The City of Gulfport, Florida, receives funds for senior center administration and transportation through AAAPP contract and donates space for a Caregivers Resources Center. On the City home page, click on "Departments" followed by Multi-Purpose Senior Center to find their Senior Center.
Gulfside Regional Hospice: www.gulfsideregionalhospice.org Serves Pasco County and provides medical care to each hospice patient at home, in nursing homes, ALFs, and in our hospice house. Care provided by physicians, nurses (RN, LPN, CNA), medical social workers, chaplains, volunteers, and bereavement counselor staff.
Hernando-Pasco Hospice: www.hphospice.org A non-profit, community based healthcare organization that provides hospice care to the residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties in Florida. Also offers a number of bereavement support services for adults and children who have experienced a death and live in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast: www.thehospice.org. Organization providing hospice care (end-of-life) in Pinellas County, Florida area also offers bereavement support, caregiver education, and other services for the public and training of professionals. Web site links to various end-of-life sites.
Menorah Manor Jewish Hospice: www.menorahmanor.org. On the home page, click on "Jewish Hospice" for information about hospice services within the context of Jewish cultural practices and beliefs provided through the collaborative efforts of Menorah Manor and Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
Neighborly Care Network (formerly Neighborly Senior Services, Inc.): www.neighborly.org. Pinellas County agency receives funds through contract with AAAPP to provide adult day care, transportation, home-delivered meals, and congregate meals. Other services are available.
News Channel 8: www.wfla.com. NBC Television local affiliate News Channel 8 in Tampa Bay, Florida area. Investigators have helped consumers.
Pasco County Government: www.pascocountyfl.net. On the Pasco County government home page, click on "Departments"*, then on "Public Transportation", "Emergency Management", or "Elderly Nutrition". The Public Transportation section offers bus routes and schedules. The Emergency Management section includes a personal disaster plan checklist, information about disasters from sinkholes to terrorism, important telephone numbers, and links to related sites. Elderly Nutrition includes a description of a program providing government-funded congregate dining sites and home-delivered meals for people sixty and over and fee-for-service Meals on Wheels for persons any age.
Pinellas County Consumer Protection: www.pinellascounty.org/consumer. Direct route to this Pinellas County government department. Consumer brochures, database of consumer complaints, and online complaint form.
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, facts about bioterrorism, etc. Other Pinellas County information can be accessed by clicking on "Home".
Pinellas County Government: www.pinellascounty.org. This is the Pinellas County Government home page. Pinellas County Human Services (formerly Social Services) receives funds for Energy Assistance for the Elderly (EHEAEP) through AAAPP contract. Click on "Departments", then on "Human Services". Other departments can be accessed on the Departments page.
Pinellas County Public Library Cooperative: http://www.pplc.us/. Click on "Cooperative Libraries" to access the card catalogs of Pinellas County, Florida libraries or choose "Anywhere-Anytime Library" for larger system. Use your local library card number to search catalogs by topic, author, or title. Reserve books and videos on caregiving or for escape from caregiving (mysteries, romance, action movies, travelogues, etc.). Most selections can be sent to your neighborhood library for quick pick-up if ordered that way online.
Project Grace: www.p-grace.org. Project Grace, with offices in Tampa, Florida, provides community education regarding making end-of-life decisions in advance. Includes online forms for recording wishes.
Project Lifesaver: http://www.pcsoweb.com/pages/project_lifesaver.html The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office offers a program for families and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's, autism, or other conditions who may have a tendency to wander away from home. The program provides a wristband that emits a tracking signal. If the person wanders, the caregiver calls 9-1-1 and search teams are activated to find the client. Average recovery time is less than 30 minutes. There is a cost. Please see the website or call 727-582-6806 for more information.
St. Petersburg College: www.spjc.edu. St. Petersburg College (formerly St. Petersburg Junior College) web site includes information for regular and online courses, college library online, and career development center for students and others. These resources may be helpful for staying mentally active, working on a certificate or degree, or considering a career change during or following caregiving. St. Petersburg College is collaborating with the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. on the Caregivers REST Project.
St. Petersburg Times: www.stpetetimes.com. Web site related to the St. Petersburg Times newspaper. Read the news online, find Coupon Book and Restaurant Guide in the Marketplace section, and review the Weekend section for interesting outings to plan as an escape from caregiving. The Action section, part of Floridian, includes a "Consumer Guide" and a way to e-mail the Action Reporter about consumer problems
Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health, Inc.: www.suncoastcenter.com. Receives funds through contract with AAAPP to serve as one of two "lead agencies" for Pinellas County. Provides case management with a variety of support services. Also provides counseling in South Pinellas County area.
Suncoast Gerontology Center: www.med.usf.edu/suncoast/alzheimer/ Alzheimer's research and caregiver education by the University of South Florida, which is located in Tampa, Florida but serves a broader area.
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares or 211 Tampa Bay: www.211tampabay.info. Online database for 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares organization (formerly Pinellas Cares) lists many local support groups, volunteer opportunities, organizations that help people with various diseases, and other resources. Available in multiple languages for Florida's Pinellas and Hernando Counties. Pinellas County information may also be requested by dialing the telephone number 211 (not 911, as in emergencies).