Help At Your Fingertips
The organizations and professionals on this page provide knowledge and experience to seniors and their caregivers. They may offer videos/DVD's, audio tapes, newsletters, books, pamphlets, magazines and help lines. Many offer services and products. Some offer websites, which makes much of their information available right now!
Also, if these resources cannot help you with a specific issue, many times they can point you in the direction of the information or solution you are trying to find.
Of course, you can always feel free to give us a call us at Keepsake Companions - (800) 505-1730. We would be happy to help in any way we can.
1-800-MEDICARE (Esp)Phone: (800) 633-4227
Information on Medicare benefits and drug discount cards.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Esp)Phone: (800) 358-9295
TTY: (888) 586-6340
Free information on health care for seniors.
AIS - Aging and Independence ServicesPhone: 800-510-2020
This is San Diegoís Area Agency on Aging. AIS provides services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members, to help keep clients safely in their homes, promote healthy and vital living, and publicize positive contributions made by older adults and persons with disabilities.
American Board of Medical SpecialtiesPhone: (866) 275-2267
Information about specialists' training.
American Chronic Pain AssociationPhone: (916) 632-0922 (Not toll-free)
Support and information for people with chronic pain .
American College of Surgeons (Esp)Phone: (800) 621-4111
Information on common operations and choosing a surgeon.
AT Network (Esp)Phone: (800) 390-2699
TTY: (800) 900-0706
Information on equipment for seniors/people with disabilities.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (Esp)Phone: (800) 474-1116
Find a nursing home and get help if you have a problem.
California Foundation for Independent Living Ctr.1234 H Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95814-1912
Phone: (916) 325-1690 (Not toll free)
TTY: (916) 325-1695
Resources for people with disabilities.
California Hospital AssociationPhone: (800) 494-2001
Free Advance Health Care Directive forms.
California Office of Patients' Rights100 Howe Ave., Suite 210N
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202
Phone: ( 916) 575-1610 (Not toll free)
Website: COPR website
Advocacy for patients hospitalized with mental illness. The California Office of Patients' Rights (COPR) is a unit within Disability Rights California.
California RegistryPhone: (800) 777-7575
Information on hospice and long-term care.
Caregiver Coalition of San Diego
The Caregiver Coalition mission is to identify and address the needs of Caregivers through advocacy efforts and collaboration of a broad coalition membership in order to improve the overall quality of life for Caregivers, their families and the community.
Information on clinical trials.
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral AgencyPhone: (877) 322-7299
TTY: (877) 322-7288
Resources for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Disability Rights Advocates
Information on health care rights for people with disabilities.
ElderHelp of San Diego4069 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: (619) 284-9281
ElderHelp provides personalized services and information to help San Diegoís seniors stay in their homes, remain independent and live with dignity. Services include companionship, transportation, home sharing, and other support services.
Family Caregiver AlliancePhone: (800) 445-8106
Information and resources for family caregivers.
Health care information in different languages.
Easy-to-use health website.
Information on California HMOs and hospitals.
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy)Phone: (800) 434-022
Free information and help with Medicare.
HMO Help CenterPhone: (888) 466-2219
TTY: (877) 688-9891
Information about Cal-COBRA.
Judi Bonilla & CompanyPhone: (619) 742-3368
Judi Bonilla is a lifestyle aging expert & gerontologist. She specializes in the field of aging over the lifespan and is an advocate for empowered aging. She is the founder of Advocates For Aging and the non-profit Advocates For Aging Cares.
Lab Tests Online
A guide to understanding lab test results.
LumetraPhone: (800) 841-1602
TTY: (800) 881-5980
Help with hospital, nursing home and rehab discharge problems.
Medical Board of CaliforniaPhone: (800) 633-2322
Licenses and takes complaints on medical doctors.
National Guideline Clearinghouse
Care guidelines for many health conditions.
National Immunization HotlinePhone: (800) 232-2522
TTY: (800) 243-7889
Recommended shots for people of all ages.
National Institute on Aging
Information on many health conditions.
National Institutes for Health
Information on many health conditions.
National Mental Health AssociationPhone: (800) 969-6642
TTY: (800) 433-5959
Information, advocacy and referrals.
Office of the Patient AdvocatePhone: (866) HMO-8900
TTY: (877) 688-9891
Report cards on HMOs and Medical Groups.
Poison Action LinePhone: (800) 876-4766
TTY: (800) 972-3323
Emergency help for victims of poisoning.
Protection & AdvocacyPhone: (800) 776-5746
TTY: (800) 649-0154
Legal help for people with disabilities.
San Diego County Council on Aging302 Washington Ave., PMB 436
San Diego, CA 92103
A multidisciplinary organization that promotes education, awareness, and networking in San Diego County to enhance the quality of life for seniors.
Senior Information and ReferralPhone: (800) 510-2020
Local services for seniors.
Social Security AdministrationPhone: (800) 772-1213
TTY: (800) 325-0778
Information on getting Social Security and Medicare.
Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC)3675 Ruffin Rd., # 230
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 268-4432
Website: SCRC Facebook Page
SCRC assists family caregivers who provide care for frail, older adults or adults with chronic and disabling conditions or diseases such as Alzheimerís disease, stroke, Parkinsonís disease, and brain injury. Assistance is provided through assessment,care planning, case management, counseling and caregiver training. Other support services including support groups and respite are also available.
ST. Paul's PACEST. Paul's PACE Pavillion
111 Elm Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 677-3800
Fax: (619) 677-3888
St. Paulís PACE is a non-profit Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) health plan for seniors age 55 and older who prefer not to move into a nursing home but whose health problems make it impossible for them to stay at home without the help of caregivers.
State Insurance HotlinePhone: (800) 927-4357
TTY: (800) 482-4833
Find information on long-term care insurance.
State Ombudsman Crisis LinePhone: (800) 231-4024
San Diego Office: (800) 640-4661
TTY: (916) 928-2511 (Not toll-free)
Website: Ombudsman Program
Information, resources and hotline on elder abuse and quality of care.
U.S. Dept. of Labor (Pension & Welfare Benefits)Phone: (866) 444-3272
TTY: (800) 326-2996
Information about COBRA.