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Residents of East Contra Costa County (specifically Oakley, Brentwood, Bethel Island, Knightsen and Discovery Bay) can call Delta Community Services, Inc. to get information and referrals for legal assistance, income tax assistance, consumer credit counseling, personal and abuse counseling, HICAP, Medicare questions, Brown Bag program, housing and rent assistance and senior services. Contact them at (925) 634-8275.
San Francisco residents age 65 and over can sign up for a free home safety assessment by attending a presentation put on by the Community and Home Injury Prevention Program for Seniors (CHIPPS). The assessment includes a home walk-through followed by suggestions on how to increase safety and make minor home modifications, such as tightening banisters, rerouting wiring, installing clamp grab bars, night lights, bath mats, extension cords and smoke detectors. A professional contractor will then schedule an appointment to install grab bars in the bathroom and shower, if necessary. To get information about the upcoming presentations or to schedule a presentation for your clients, call (415) 581-2415.
John XXIII Multi-Service Center and Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Dementia Care Network provide an array of services to the Chinese and Vietnamese communities in Santa Clara County. Services include memory assessment, adult day care, counseling, education, and respite. Support groups are in both Vietnamese and Chinese. The center also provides services in French, Japanese and Spanish. For more information call (408) 282-8600. Chinese speakers call (408) 282-8669 and Vietnamese speakers call (408) 282-8608.
Homeword Bound, Alameda County Library’s “literary books on wheels” program, serves home-bound and institution-bound individuals in Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Newark, San Lorenzo and Union City, as well as additional unincorporated areas in Alameda County. The program serves people of all ages who, because of disability or illness, are unable to come to the library. Library volunteers deliver books and other library materials. For more information or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call (510) 745-1499 or email [email protected].
Multilingual Resource Centers for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities are available throughout San Francisco. Ten resource centers are spread among the neighborhoods of San Francisco and offer assistance in Armenian, Cantonese, Chiu Chow, French, Mandarin, Russian, Samoan, Shanghainese, Spanish, Tagalog, Toisanese and Vietnamese. Resource centers can help seniors and adults with disabilities fill out important forms and connect with community resources. To locate a resource center in your neighborhood or that meets your language needs, please call the Information, Referral and Assistance Unit of the Department on Aging and Adult Services at (415) 626-1003.
Linea Apoyo offers Spanish language emotional support for caregivers and other Spanish speakers. Linea Apoyo (“Support Line”) is a telephone support line staffed by fluent Spanish speakers who are trained to listen and provide peer-level emotional support. Services are open to caregivers, and anyone may call Monday through Friday between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Conversations are confidential and callers can talk about any topic that is creating stress or emotional hardship. Some referrals are offered to organizations that help with issues of immigration, HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C for the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Linea Apoyo can be reached in San Francisco at (415) 989-5212 or statewide at (800) 303-7432. Bilingual people interested in volunteering are encouraged to call Victor Duron, Linea Apoyo Coordinator, at (415) 984-1902.
Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation for Veterans and Service People provides services for people caring for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The unit is part of a federally funded program called the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) which offers case management and individualized treatment to decrease TBI-related disability and improve functioning. To be eligible, veterans must have or apply for VA health benefits at a VA hospital or by calling (877) 222-VETS. Interested eligible veterans or their caregivers may ask their primary care physicians for referrals.
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