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Citrus County Programs and Resources to help with Caregiving

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on April 12, 2018

Scent jars are a way to be proactive in protecting a loved one who may wander and go missing. Find-M’ Friends has distributed more than 6,000 scent jars in Citrus County, in an effort to meet demand with free kits or minimum donation kits are now manufacture in Citrus County by The Key Care Clients, new name same great product- “Out of Harm’s Way”.  To learn how to acquire a kit, call Linda Boles at 352-613-3486 or call me at 352-422-3663.   Learn more about Find-M’ Friends at: http://findmfriends.com/

Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast offers FREE programs throughout the month, including Five Wishes, Alzheimer’s awareness training, and movies and much more.  Please call and 866-642-0962 for more information.  Website is: http://hospiceofcitrus.org/ 

Elder Options has FREE educational programs such as Savvy Caregiver Training workshops.  They also have a help line that will provide you with services that can meet many of your needs.  For more information please call 352-692-5277, email Johnnie at [email protected].  Website is: http://www.agingresources.org/savvy-caregiver-training/

The Alzheimer’s Family Organization offers programs and services such as support groups (more than 50) and Caregiver Learning Days.  For more Information please call 352-616-0170 or check out their web site at http://www.alzheimersfamily.org/. See how they can be a resource for you.

Citrus County Senior Services has many opportunities for socializing with other seniors.  These include community centers, meals on wheels, and companion services and respite programs.  For more information on many of their programs call 352-527-5975. Website is: http//www.citrusbocc.com

The Citrus County Veterans Office provides assistance and guidance to veterans and their families to best navigate the VA system, to get the benefits that you deserve.  For more information or to make an appointment call 352-527-5916.  Website is: http://www.citrusbocc.com

The United Way has many services for the community.  One is a helpline. Call 2-1-1 to seek the services you need.

Teepa Snow has many videos on YouTube that can be very helpful if you are caring for a person with dementia, and if you get a chance to attend one of her workshops live it will be time well spent.  Please take the time to view them at Teepa Snow-You Tube Videos or website: http://www.teepasnow.com

Other Support Groups in Citrus County

Central Ridge Library-third Wednesday of the month 12:00 -1:30 pm. Call Marilyn Campbell 352-249-1183.

Floral City United Methodist Church-third Friday of the month at 10:30 am.  Call Helen 352-341-2867 or Marcia 352-726-7740

First United Methodist Church in Homosassa-second Monday of the month at 1:00 pm. They also have respite for your loved one.  Call Karen Kline 352-628-4083.

Cornerstone Baptist Church-first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm.  Call the church at 352-726-7335.  April Zay is the facilitator.

Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute-Fourth Thursday of each month-2:00-3:00 pm. Call Wendy Hall for information 527-0106.

Sugarmill Manor-This support group is run under the auspices of The Alzheimer’s Family Organization.Contact Samantha for more information 352-382-2531.

Citrus County has lots of services and opportunities available for caregivers, and each month we will keep you advised when new opportunities arise.

Call 352-422-3663 now to find out what services will be a good fit for you and your loved one.  If you would like your group to be listed monthly please call me and I will add it.

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