The San Francisco Fire Department, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, has put forth the Senior Home Safety Fire and Fall Prevention Program. San Francisco seniors can obtain a free home visit from a trained volunteer to install or replace a smoke detector where needed. A fire department volunteer can also conduct a home safety survey to assess and inform seniors on ways to prevent fires and falls in the home. For more information or to schedule a free home visit, call the San Francisco Fire Department at (415) 734-2101 and ask for the Senior Home Safety Program.
LGBT Seniors in Marin County can take advantage of the Spectrum Center located in San Anselmo. Spectrum has a variety of programs and services for the LGBT community, including information and referrals for social services, support groups, and social gatherings for people of all ages. Spectrum also has an LGBT Senior Friendly Visitor program. For more information, call (415) 457-1115 ext. 203 or visit www.spectrummarin.org.
The Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury Program in Alameda County provides free education and outreach to individuals with TBI and their friends and family. The program also offers free phone consultations with attorneys to discuss legal issues relating to Medi-Cal, school, mental health, employment discrimination, and facility-to-community placement. The program provides services to the entire Bay Area. To learn more and find out if you or a family member/friend qualifies for a consultation, call (800) 776-5746.
Senior Center Without Walls in Oakland offers Supporting Each Other: LGBT Elders’ Telephone Group for isolated or homebound LGBT seniors. New participants are welcome and encouraged to call. To learn more about the program, contact Terry Englehart at (510) 444-0243.
The Senior Information and Assistance line offered by the Council on Aging in San Jose provides referrals to and information about health and support services in Santa Clara County. Residents can call (408) 296-8290. Residents in other parts of the Bay Area can reach their county’s Senior Information and Assistance Line at (800) 510-2020 or visit the Council of Aging website at www.networkofcare.org.
Interested in information about reverse equity mortgages or other forms of equity conversion? You can receive free counseling through the Human Investment Project in San Mateo. A counselor approved by HUD and AARP will go over costs associated with reverse mortgages and answer your questions. Appointments are available in the office or a home visit may be arranged for residents of San Mateo County. Call (650) 348-6660, Ext. 326 to make an appointment with Tricia Smith, available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Senior Peer Counseling in Contra Costa County provides people over the age of 55 with free peer counseling. Residents of Contra Costa County can request services by calling (925) 335-8741. Family, friends or health practitioners may also make referrals on behalf of an older person. Both individual counseling and support groups are available. The program lasts between eight and ten weeks. Counseling usually takes place in the home but client and counselor can meet wherever they feel comfortable.
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