Local Resources for
Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida

These links focus on local aging resources.

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares: www.211tampabay.org. Online database for 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. Callers from Pinellas and Hernando seeking information may dial the telephone number 211 for information and referral for all ages.

10 Connects: http://archive.wtsp.com/life/advertorial/seniorsource/default.aspx. WTSP is the CBS local affiliate Channel 10 Television News in Tampa Bay Area of Florida and its website offers SeniorSource, “a resource for aging and living well”. It includes information on many topics, including caregiving, financial planning, health issues, housing, and recreation, etc.

ABC Action News: http://www.abcactionnews.com/. Local ABC television affiliate Channel 11 in Tampa Bay, Florida area. Investigators have helped consumers.

Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter: www.alz.org/FlGulfCoast Web site of Alzheimer’s Association Chapter that serves 17 counties including Pasco and Pinellas. Services include care consultations, 24/7 information and referral Helpline, caregiver educational materials, caregiver training, emergency respite, Memories in the Making(tm), State mandated professional training, mobile services, memory screens, support groups, Caregiver’s Day Out, Medic Alert + Safe Return Program and advocacy. 727-578-2558 or 800-772-8672

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): www.agingcarefl.org.  The AAAPP is an Aging and Disability Resource Center(ADRC). Our Helpline is part of a statewide, searchable online database at http://areaagencyonaging.flywheelsites.com/search-the-online-database-of-resources-for-the-state-of-florida/ The Helpline’s goal is to increase access to government funded programs, non-profit agencies, and private businesses that serve seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers who live in Pasco and Pinellas counties.

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.

Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) (formerly Center Against Spouse Abuse): www.casa-stpete.org Domestic violence, safety planning, shelter, and services information with links to related resources.

Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc. (CARES, Inc.): www.caresfl.org. 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.

Directions for Mental Health, Inc.: http://www.directionsforliving.org/. Private nonprofit community mental health organization in north Pinellas County that provides intervention and treatment programs for children, families, and adults.

Disability Achievement Center (formerly Caring & Sharing, CASCIL): http://www.disabilityachievementcenter.com. 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.

Fox 13 Tampa Bay: www.wtvt.com. Fox local affiliate Channel 13 in Tampa Bay, Florida area. Includes Investigators, Consumer Lawyer, One-Tank Trips.

Guardian Association of Pinellas County: http://www.guardianassociation.org/ “The mission of the Guardian Association is advocacy and education; to promote the welfare and quality of service for wards by development and improvement of the capabilities of guardians through education programs, lectures, discussions, and various methods of instruction.”

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc: www.gcjfcs.org. Receives funds through AAAPP contract to serve as one of two “lead agencies” for Pinellas County, providing case management with a variety of support services. Also funded to provide homemaker services for seniors. Offers a “vast array of services and programs serves a diverse population both Jewish and non-Jewish, including all ages, faiths, cultures and lifestyles”, including seniors, children & families, mental health services, and support for refugees.

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: http://mygulfport.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 Community Services to find Senior Center.

Gulfside Regional Hospice: www.gulfsideregionalhospice.org Serves Pasco County and provides medical care to each hospice patient at home, in nursing homes, ALF’s, 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: http://www.hph-hospice.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.

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. Select Departments followed by Public Transportation for bus routes and schedules, Emergency Management for disaster planning, Elderly Nutrition for meals programs, and Social Services for Energy Assistance (EHEAP). Pasco County receives funds through AAAPP contract for Transportation, Nutrition, and EHEAP.

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 (EHEAP) through AAAPP contract. Click on Departments, then on Human Services. Other departments can be accessed on the Departments page.

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: http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/. Direct route to this Pinellas County government department. Click on Local Disaster Preparedness at the top of the page. Information includes St. Petersburg Times Hurricane Guide and other disaster planning information.

Pinellas County Housing Authority: www.pin-cha.org/ The Pinellas County Housing Authority provides affordable elderly housing (age 62 and older) and an Assisted Living Facility for low-income elderly residents who want and need assisted living services, at an affordable price.

Pinellas County Public Library Cooperative: www.pplc.us The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative is made up of 15 member libraries and serves Pinellas County residents in member cities and the unincorporated county. Offers a searchable library catalog to locate materials in all of the member libraries.

Project Grace: www.projectgrace.org/ The purpose of Project GRACE is to enlighten and inform the public and medical profession, first in Florida and ultimately nationwide, of the importance of end-of-life planning….Project GRACE has developed and tested an Advance Care Plan Document designed to allow a person to be specific in their choices to cover common end-of-life scenarios that most concern citizens. The Advance Care Plan Document also conforms to Florida Law and is designed to be legally binding to physicians.

RCS: www.rcspinellas.org RCS offers programs to support those in need. RCS Food Bank, provides groceries to feed the hungry. The Haven of RCS provides safety, support, education, and emergency shelter for those impacted by domestic violence in northern Pinellas County. Grace House provides temporary shelter for homeless families with children. Volunteer opportunities are available.

St. Petersburg College: http://www.spcollege.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. St. Petersburg College is collaborating with the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. on the Link to Caregivers REST Project.

Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/. Site related to the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health, Inc.: www.suncoastcenter.com. “Focuses our behavioral health services on effective and efficient models of care, providing a service array that includes outcome driven models and evidenced based programming”.

Suncoast Hospice: 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.

Tampa Bay Online (TBO.com): www.tbo.com. Web site related to the Tampa Tribune newspaper and Channel 8 News in Tampa Bay area of Florida.

University of South Florida (USF) Public Television: www.wusf.usf.edu/Public Television Channel 16 in Tampa Bay, Florida area. Education, public affairs, news, arts, and culture. Links to web site of USF Public Radio 89.7 fm, home of the volunteer Radio Reading Service for print-impaired listeners.

Updated April, 2014