Proeger & Associates works with the community. Here is a list of important resources we find valuable for Seniors:
Aging Life Care Association
Aging Life Care Association Florida Chapter
Florida State Guardianship Association
Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Sarasota Housing Authority, including McCown Tower for 55+
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Senior Friendship Centers-Sarasota, Florida
Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee and Renaissance on 9th
MEDICARE: The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare Information Nursing Home Compare, Home Health Compare
Medicare Interactive – MI Counselor’s virtual interview will guide you through a simple series of questions to help you find the answers you need.
Medicaid Application (ACCESS Florida)
Benefits Checkup NCOA (provides benefits information for the over 55 population)
Assisted Living (guide for choosing an assisted living facility and links to home care & nursing home topics.)
Manatee County Government
Sarasota County Government
Academy Florida Elder Law Attorneys
Federal Trade Commission (“stop junk mail”)
Medline Plus (Drugs, Supplements, Diseases)
NIH National Institute on Aging
Suncoast Center for Independent Living (disabilities)
Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (Sarasota County)
Area Agency on Aging (West Central Florida, serving Manatee County)
Lewy Body Dementia Association
Florida Health Finder (includes Assisted living inspection reports)
Medicaid and SSI related Programs
Suncoast Aging Network
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Hurricane Preparedness (NOAA)
Sarasota County Medical Needs Evacuation Center Application
Manatee County Special Needs Shelter
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES FOR CONNECTING ELECTRONICALLY
A tablet that comes fully loaded and ready to use. With a monthly subscription, family members can connect to the tablet through an app that enables video and phone calls as well as picture sharing. The Grandpad also has solitaire games, music, and other entertainment that can edited by administrator. The tablet is charged on a cradle. A family member is the administrator and has the ability to load contacts into the tablet ahead of delivery to the client.
A Smart Picture Frame that needs to be set up with Wi-Fi password and kept plugged in. There is a purchase fee but no monthly fee. Family members download a free app on their phones or tablets. Only people added to the Share list can access the frame from the app. The frame displays digital photos and can receive video phone calls from family members. The client cannot initiate video phone calls. There is an auto answer feature so that the client does not have to do anything to receive a call. The frame must be kept plugged in to the wall, so it needs to be in a place where the client can comfortably sit and see the frame during a video call. There is also a “sticky note” feature so that family members can post messages and/or reminders on the frame.
A tablet device that is managed by family members through an app. The device has simple touch screen buttons for video calls, emailing, web browsing, and reminders. Family members have the ability to add features and content remotely to the client’s device. The remote settings also allow for reminders, check in messaging from user to family members, and mini well-being survey questions for clients to keep their family members informed as to how they are doing.
The Birdsong Tablet is a device that can be used for easy video calling to contacts. It operates with the user’s Wi-Fi. The monthly fee covers content that is available on the device which includes music, games, educational videos, and TV/movies.
Facebook Portal offers different sized devices, including the option of using your TV, for Smart video calling. Video calls are made from the Portal using Messenger or WhatsApp, so the recipient does not need to have a Portal. The device can be used as a digital picture frame when not in use for a video call.
Other Technology Information
Greatcall Devices (previously known as Jitterbug phones)
Greatcall offers a smartphone or a flip phone and medical alert devices, all of which come with the 5Star Urgent Response service. This service connects the user to trained response agents 24/7 with the touch of a button. With the smartphone, the user can make calls, video calls, text, and use the internet.
Tech support for older adults
Technical support people assist remotely with everything from answering tech questions, assisting with using tech devices, to teaching how to use apps such as Zoom and Facebook. Memberships and/or individual sessions available for purchase.
The products we have listed are to assist the family in exploring possible options for connecting with their family member(s) electronically. Proeger & Associates, Inc. does not guarantee nor accept responsibility for any of these products. We receive no referral fees from any of these companies.