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Resources

Elder Care
Family Care
Health Promotion
Housing
Professional Associations
Self Help Groups
Work Life

 

The following links are offered as limited reference resources and are not intended to be complete listings of all available information. The Florida State University does not endorse, nor is it aligned with, any of the sites or organizations included below. Readers are responsible for deciding what materials they choose to read, for conducting their own research and for making their own informed decisions on any topics being reviewed.

Elder Care

There comes a time in everyone's life to take care of our parents or aging loved ones. There are many resources available for elder care, but where do we start looking?

As people in our lives begin to age, family members and close friends are frequently involved in providing support and assistance. This family member may be you, or you may be the elder who is receiving the support. Growing old can provoke a wide range of emotions, including stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed. However, by having the resources to learn and understand what you or your loved one is going through, you can better prepare yourself for the future.

As a caregiver, it is important for you to realize the many problems your elder may be going through. These problems could range from dealing with the loss of a spouse or friend, decreasing abilities, loss of independence, or the feeling of loneliness. Allow time and space for your loved one to adjust to the changes in their lives. While deciding on what would be best for your loved one, it is important to provide a comforting and supportive environment needed.

Below is a list of local and state wide resources to help you begin the search for some support and understanding that can help make a difference in your life, or the life of a loved one.

The following links are offered as limited reference resources and are not intended to be complete listings of all available information. The Florida State University does not endorse, nor is it aligned with, any of the sites or organizations included below. Readers are responsible for deciding what materials they choose to read, for conducting their own research and for making their own informed decisions on any topics being reviewed.

State Wide Resources

AARP
There are three chapters of AARP in the state of Florida: Miami, St. Petersburg, and Tallahassee.
www.aarp.org/fl

Tallahassee Area

Area Agency on Aging for North Florida Inc.
This is a non-profit organization that works toward promoting independence and the wellbeing of seniors and their caregivers.
www.aaanf.org
2639 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL
(850)-488-0055
1-800-96-ELDER (35337) – elder help-line

The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
This institute is focused on research and education of others on the challenging issues of aging.
www.pepperinstitute.org
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1121
(850)-644-7947

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services
Providing in-home elder care with a goal of enabling seniors and people with limited mobility the ability to remain in the comfort of their own home.
www.visitingangels.com
2344 Centerville Rd Suite 102
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: 850-320-6062
Email: lsullivan@visitingangels.com

Panama City Area

Home Instead Senior Care
Provides support and home care for the elderly.
www.homeinstead.com
2205-D Grant Ave.
Panama City, FL 32405
(850)-522-1919

St. Andrews Health and Rehabilitation
Provides a number of rehab and wellness programs
www.standrewshealthcare.org
2100 Jenks Ave.
Panama City, FL 32405
(850)-763-0446

Family Care Links

The following links are offered as limited reference resources and are not intended to be complete listings of all available information. The Florida State University does not endorse, nor is it aligned with, any of the sites or organizations included below. Readers are responsible for deciding what materials they choose to read, for conducting their own research and for making their own informed decisions on any topics being reviewed.

The following web sites are provided for information purposes only and should not replace professional assistance. If you have specific concerns about yourself or a family member, you are encouraged to contact your EAP or a professional in the appropriate field.

Kids' Allowance Articles
Sexual information and Education Council of the United States
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
Workaholics Anonymous
Children of Aging Parents
FindCareNow
American Association of Retired Persons
Alzheimer's Association

If you have a friend or family member in crisis, you have probably asked the question “what can I do to help?” These web resources can help friends and family organize resources to meet the needs of their loved ones during times of crisis.

http://www.caringbridge.org/
http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/

Health Promotion Links

The following links are offered as limited reference resources and are not intended to be complete listings of all available information. The Florida State University does not endorse, nor is it aligned with, any of the sites or organizations included below. Readers are responsible for deciding what materials they choose to read, for conducting their own research and for making their own informed decisions on any topics being reviewed.

The following web sites can provide valuable information on health related concerns. The information is intended to be supportive and informative, but not replace professional assistance. If you have specific concerns about yourself or a family member, you are encouraged to contact your EAP or a professional in the appropriate health care field.

InteliHealth
American Medical Association
Mayo Clinic
Medscape
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Healthfinder
Healthline
Healthopedia.com
AllRefer Health Encyclopedia
Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders
MSNBC Health Information
Overeaters Anonymous
Food Addicts Anonymous
Women for Sobriety
Nicotine Anonymous
Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous
Schizophrenics Anonymous
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Cyber Cafe Recovery Site
National Mental Health Association
Self-Help Mental Health
Alzheimers Association
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
HealthFinder
Health Information
National Institute of Health
Prostate Cancer Info Link
Medical ID Bracelets
Mesothelioma Center

 

Sleeping Disorders:
http://www.sleepfoundation.org
http://www.medical-library.org/journals/mddx/sleepiness_hypersomnia/narcolepsy.htm
http://www.medical-library.org/ccs/index.htm

Mental Health Websites:
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
1-800-421-4211

National Mental Health Association
2001 North Beauregard Street, Floor 12
Alexandria,VA 22311-1732
1-800-969-NMHA

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington,VA 22201-3042
1-800-950-NAMI

 

Housing

The following link is for a State of Florida website designed to help individuals locate affordable rental housing within the state.

Professional Association Links

The following links are offered as limited reference resources and are not intended to be complete listings of all available information. The Florida State University does not endorse, nor is it aligned with, any of the sites or organizations included below. Readers are responsible for deciding what materials they choose to read, for conducting their own research and for making their own informed decisions on any topics being reviewed.

Professional Associations
International EAP Association
International Association of EAPs in Education
National Institute of Health
National Mental Health Association

Financial

Card Resources:  Know your Credit Score
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Suncoast
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of West Florida
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Mid-Florida, Inc.
CCCS of Southwest Georgia
Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies
Credit and Your Consumer Rights
Credit Repair Organizations Act
Frugality Network Money Management
Understanding Your Credit Score

Legal
Florida State Lawyers
Directory of Florida Lawyers
LawInfo.com      
Legal Services of North Florida 

 

Self-Help and Support Group Links

The following organizations can provide information on various aspects of addictions, recovery, and mental health issues. They are not intended to replace professional counseling or assistance but can be used to provide additional information and support for persons seeking assistance. If you have concerns about yourself or a family member, you should contact your EAP or a licensed professional for assistance.

Addiction Links

Addiction Recovery - Alcohol Abuse

Addictions Government Resources

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Al-Anon and Alateen

Alcohol and Drug Information

Alcohol and Women

Alcoholics Anonymous

In Tallahassee, Alcoholics Anonymous (850-224-1818)

Alcoholism Glossary

Cocaine Anonymous

Cyber Cafe Recovery Site

Food Addicts Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous

LifeRing Secular Recovery

Marijuana Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous

Rational Recovery

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery

Sex Addicts Anonymous

Smoking Cessation (for folks who want to kick the smoking habit)

Web of Addictions

Women for Sobriety

 

For Alcohol Addiction:
Alcoholics Anonymous
 In Tallahassee, Alcoholics Anonymous (850-224-1818)
Lifering Secular Recovery
Rational Recovery
SMART Recovery
Women For Sobriety
Narcotics Anonymous

Work Life Links

Balancing the demands of work and family life can be a source of stress for many of us. What do you do if your child is sick but you have to be at work in an hour? What if your elder parent needs some extra care that you cannot provide? At the Employee Assistance Program we recognize the growing needs of working families, and have put together a list of childcare and eldercare facilities in the Tallahassee area to help you quickly find quality, affordable assistance to address the needs of your family. Listed below is information on local resources that may prove to be beneficial as your begin to explore your unique needs. Although we have made an effort to verify the accuracy of this information, inclusion of a resource in this list does not constitute an endorsement of that resource, nor a guarantee of the accuracy of the information, by The Florida State University or by the FSU Center for Employee Assistance. Persons seeking information should contact those service providers who they believe would best address their needs and make their informed decisions accordingly.

Childcare:

LaPetite Academy:
Offers a discount for employees of Florida State University. Please contact LaPetite Academy for additional information.

Kids Incorporated:
Kids Incorporated is the free childcare referral service for Tallahassee and surrounding areas. The service offers comprehensive lists of childcare services available in seven counties, including daycare, after school and summer programs, as well as sick childcare. They also offer subsidized childcare for income-eligible families. Kids Incorporated is an invaluable resource when searching for quality childcare.

1170 Capital Circle, NE
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850) 414-9800
Fax: (850) 414-9810
You can also access their database by logging onto www.kidsincorporated.org, and questions can be emailed to info@kidsincorporated.org.

Florida Children's Forum:
The Florida Children's Forum is the headquarters in Florida for the Child Care Resource and Referral Network. They will refer you to Kids Incorporated (above) for agencies in our area, but also offer a variety of helpful information that you should consider when looking for quality childcare, as well as the different types of services that are available.

2807 Remington Green Circle
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 681-7002
Fax: (850) 681-9816
www.fcforum.org
www.flchild.com
1-888-FL-CHILD

Cuddle Care: Sick Child Care Cuddle Care offers services in a variety of areas for your child when they are ill. This unique service is unlike any other in Tallahassee and will be referred to you by Kids Incorporated for sick childcare. Trained professionals offer a variety of services on three different levels to fit the individual needs of your child, and are available on weekends too:

  • Nurses that are able to administer medications and care for severe illnesses.
  • Caregivers for special care needs like ear infections.
  • Homemakers for mildly ill children.

The cost is $16/hour for all levels of service and a minimum of four hours is required.

1962 B Village Green Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 422-2044

Daycare on Campus

Educational Research Center for Child Development
Hours: Monday- Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm
Ages: 2.5 to 5 years
Location: 270 Hull Building
Phone: 644-1013

Alumni Village Child Development Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am- 5:30pm
Ages: 2.5 to 12 years
Location: 169 Herlong Drive
Phone: 644-8305

Starlight Child Care Center
Hours: Monday- Thursday 3:15pm to 9:45pm
Ages: 2.5 to 12 years
Location: 112 N. Woodward Drive
Phone: 644-3096

Website Resources
www.childcarecanada.org
www.ivillage.com/topics/family/chilcare
www.healthychild.net
www.childcare-intl.org/
www.babycenter.com/childcare/
www.childcare-ppin.com/
www.childcare.net/

Eldercare

Finding quality eldercare for your loved one can often be challenging and sometimes confusing. Whether it is assisted living, nursing homes, day care, or general information that you are in search of, we have put together some contacts in each of these areas.

Assisted Living

Woodmont
Woodmont is an Encore Senior Living facility in the Tallahassee area. In addition to assisted living, they also offer respite and adult day care.

Contact:
Gail Montgomery
3207 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: (850) 562-4123
Fax: (850) 562-5895
www.encoresl.com

Sterling House
1780 Hermitage Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 422-3397

St. Augustine Plantation
2507 Old St. Augustine Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850) 309-1982

Eden Brook
Eden Brook provides assisted living as well as Alzheimer's care.
100 John Knox Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: (850) 531-0404

Magnolia House
1125 Strong Rd
Quincy, Florida 32351
Phone: (850) 875-1334

Meadows Assisted Living
1978 Village Green Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 385-4533

Westminster Oaks
4449 Meandering Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 878-1136

Whispering Oaks
11085 Pennewaw Trc.
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 671-3800

Adult Day Care Facilities

Fanny Jo Drake Adult Day Care Center
This facility is located at the Grace Lutheran Church and offers adult day care for seniors seven days a week from 7:30am to 5:30pm. The director of the program is a Registered Nurse, along with a regular staff and volunteers. There is a minimum requirement of two days a week and the cost is $40/day, or $650/month. Medical forms must be filled out by a physician, but you do not need a recommendation to attend this facility. The spacious, comfortable environment is very well run, and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting.

Grace Lutheran Church
Director- Nancy Meyers, RN
2919 Miccosukee Road
Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: (850) 488-9146

Elder Care Services Adult Day Care This facility is located at the Gray Memorial United Methodist Church and is actually the original adult day care facility from which Grace Lutheran (above) was formed. It offers very similar services as those described above and is a great option for seniors who need a little extra assistance during the day.

Gray Memorial United Methodist Church
Director- Patricia Parker, LPN
2201 Old Bainbridge Road
Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: (850) 487-2351

The Senior Center
The Senior Center in Tallahassee is a wonderful place for active seniors to find entertainment, games, classes and peers with similar interests. The facility is free of charge with the exception of some classes, such as yoga, which sometimes cost a minimal fee of $1-$5. They offer classes such as painting, writing, foreign language, and dancing, as well as fitness, and exercise classes. This is a wonderful facility that promotes and facilitates an active lifestyle in later life!

The Senior Center
1400 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida
(850) 891-4000

Other Resources

Area Agency On Aging For North Florida INC
2639 N. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida
(850) 488-0055

Elder Care Services INC
Provides information and referrals for senior dining, homemaker and personal care, adult day care, transportation assistance and volunteer programs.
2518 W. Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: (850) 921-5554

Seniors First Healthcare Center
Specializes in elder care needs, has a Geriatric Specialist on site, and provides help with healthcare needs and concerns.
3401 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: (850) 386-2266

Home Instead Senior Care
Provides companions and domestic care services.
2555 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: (850) 297-1897

National Association of Senior Friends at Tallahassee Community Hospital
Provides wellness and social programs, free seminars and national discounts for those over 50 years of age.
2626 Capital Medical Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: (850) 656-5177

The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
This Institute focuses on research and educating students about the challenging issues of aging, and provides intellectual outreach activities for elders.
The Academy at FSU
203 Pepper Center
Pepper Institute on Aging
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1121
Phone: (850) 644-7947

Archbold Later Life Resource Center
At the Later Life Resource Center, you will get free professional advice regarding choices and decisions about your health care needs, and planning for the future.
902 Highway 84 West
Thomasville, Georgia 31792
Phone: (229) 228-2209
Toll Free: 1-866-881-4187
www.archbold.org
email: LaterLife@archbold.org

Website Resources

www.ec-online.net
By accessing this web site you can sign up free of charge to receive monthly on-line newsletters that address questions and concerns about caring for your elder, as well as the latest information on the most recent elder health care issues. Or simply email Richard O'Boyle at roboyoboy@worldnet.att.net

www.healingloss.com
www.alzheimercenter.org
www.natl-eldercare-service.com
www.eldercareadvocates.com
www.n4a.org (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging)
www.eldercarehomehealth.com
www.seniors.tcnet.org
http://www.eldercare.org/