Helpful Professional Resources for Seniors and Caregivers


Looking for Resources to assist a Senior loved one? Please start here.

financial, medical, legal resources

Whether you are looking for answers to your questions regarding Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, need to find an accredited agency or care manager, need help with insurance or public benefits, support programming, Long Term Care etc., start here – these are organizations and professionals you can trust!

FLORIDA’S SILVER ALERT “LOST ON FOOT” GUIDE AND PROFILE FORM – Lost on Foot Guide

For use by families that have a Senior loved one that wanders due to cognitive impairment.

ABLE UNITED (Achieving a Better Life Experience)Florida’s ABLE Program

ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their family to save for future expenses, like Home Health Care. Similar to popular Roth IRA and 529 college savings plans, you can continue maintaining government benefits.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME – Palm Beach County Guide

Accreditation Commission for Health Carewww.achc.org

Since 1986, ACHC has gained respect and recognition as an accrediting organization uniquely committed to health care providers. If your Home Health Agency isn’t listed here – do not use them.

Private Duty Homecare Associationwww.pdhca.org

The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) was established by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). It is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to helping the ill and disabled remain in their own homes. PDHCA services will focus on providing valuable information to its members, including help in understanding federal guidelines, certification and accreditation. Home Health Agencies providing the best quality care belong to this organization.

Florida Board of Nursing – www.floridasnursing.gov

The Florida Board of Nursing licenses, monitors, disciplines, educates and, when appropriate, rehabilitates its licensees to assure their fitness and competence in providing health care services for the people of Florida. All RNs and LPNs caring for your loved ones in the area should be licensed in Florida. Use this site to check credentials.

National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners – www.nccdp.org

The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease education to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to dementia clients. As the number of dementia cases continues to increase nationally and worldwide, there is a great necessity to insure that care givers are well trained to provide appropriate, competent, and sensitive direct care and support for the dementia patient. A CDP is one of the top tier professionals that care for the cognitively impaired.

National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care – www.ncbac.net

The National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care (NCBAC) is an allied healthcare board certification organization, which confers two national credentials and maintains a Registry for Certified Alzheimer Caregiver (CAC); and Certified Alzheimer Educator (CAEd). These are top tier professionals that care for the cognitively impaired.

Commission for Case Manager Certification  – www.ccmcertification.org

The Commission for Case Manager Certification® is the first and largest nationally accredited organization that certifies case managers. The Commission is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that oversees the process of case manager certification. The CCM® is the first nationally accredited case manager credential. These are top tier professionals, often RNs, that are care managers and patient advocates.

Florida State Guardianship Association – www.floridaguardians.com

Established in 1986, The Florida State Guardianship Association (FSGA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  FSGA is the premier statewide organization promoting and supporting excellence in the practice of guardianship and is the voice advocating for the incapacitated and their guardians. Often it is in the best interest of families to arrange for guardianship. This organization can help guide you.

National Association for Home Care & Hospice – www.nahc.org/

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s home care and hospice organizations.  NAHC also advocates for the nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to the infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. NAHC provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care, the home health agency you use should be a member.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers – www.caremanager.org

NAPGCM is a non-profit professional development organization whose mission is to advance professional geriatric care management through education, collaboration, and leadership. A professional Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. The GCM is trained and experienced in care management, including nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology.

Florida Geriatric Care Managers Associationwww.alcaflorida.org

The Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association, Inc. (FGCMA) is a not-for-profit whose goal is to advance the dignified care for Florida seniors & the elderly. FGCMA is dedicated to promoting the professional field of geriatric care management by training, assisting, regulating, educating, and supporting qualified care managers who provide a full range of services to aging individuals, their families, and caregivers. These are top tier professionals, often RNs that are care managers and patient advocates for the elderly.

Brain Matters Research Center – http://brainmattersresearch.com/

Brain Matters Research in Delray Beach, Florida, is one of the nation’s largest, private research organizations at the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research. Brain Matters Research is a vital segment of medical research that seeks to comprehend markers for the 5th largest cause of death in America today. The BMR team has established major contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research. With the chance of someone you know developing Alzheimer’s, why not participate in clinical research to help our understanding of this disease? Contact Dr. Mark Brody today for a no-cost cognitive evaluation or to enroll in a clinical trial at 561-381-9060.

Alzheimer’s Association – http://www.alz.org/

24/7 access to national and regional resources for those with Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers. Educational programs clinical trial information, and resource materials available. Research reports and new drug updates. Community events, news, wellness tips, etc. Home page for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”.

National Parkinson’s Foundationwww.parkinson.org 

Access 24/7 to national and regional resources for those with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers. Educational and support programs, resource materials available as well as research reports and medication/treatment updates. Community events, news, wellness tips, etc. Home page for the National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day®.

Partnership for Aging Palm Beach County – www.pbcpfa.org

The Palm Beach County Partnership for Aging is a not-for-profit local organization which focuses its energies on enhancing the life of older persons, their families and their communities through advocacy, information sharing and education. Members include health care professionals from both the private and public sector, geriatric care managers, elder law attorneys. Great info and resources available for those living in Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County Medical Society – http://www.pbcms.org/

PBCMS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to uniting physicians to serve the common interest of the profession, developing and maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards of the medical profession, advocating the interests of physicians and their patients, and collaborating with others to improve the community’s health. The website has a great “physician search” portal, info on hospitals, and community medical resources.

Broward County Medical Association – http://www.bcma.com/ 

The BCMA maintains a referral service for residents of the county, and is involved in a number of community organizations. The BCMA, through its committees and volunteer organizations, serves the profession and the citizens of Broward County. The physicians who are “members” of the BCMA have undergone a quality credentials verification process in compliance with national standards. The BCMA staff can refer BCMA members in all specialties and geographic areas. BCMA has a “Speakers Bureau” of experts who will visit your cub or organization to address your concerns and interests.

Broward County Bar Associationwww.browardbar.org

The Broward County Bar Association, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1925 to foster courtesy, ethics, and professionalism among Broward County lawyers, to educate the citizens of Broward County on their legal rights, and to provide necessary legal services to Broward County’s residents. You can find attorneys who are BCBA members in all specialties and geographic areas, especially Elder Law, trusts, asset protection, probate, guardianship, or family law should you need a POA or advanced directives.

Solkoff Legal, P.A. – www.solkoff.com

Scott Solkoff, Esq. is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Elder Law and exclusively represents the elderly, people with disabilities and their caregivers. The firm provides estate and trust services, elder law and asset protection planning, as well as guardianship. Scott is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He has served as Chair of The Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section, as President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, and as a Director of both the Florida State Guardianship Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. 

Ralph S. Robbins, CFP www.ralphrobbins.com

Ralph Robbins is one of only 9 nationally accredited, non-attorney Veteran Benefit experts in our area. Ralph specializes in Veteran’s Benefits and is a VA Accredited Claims Agent, but in addition he provides Elder Care financial planning and assistance with application and eligibility for public benefits. Ralph is also a Board Member of the Partnership for Aging.

The Eppy Group – www.theeppygroup.com

Respected and well-established Fort Lauderdale financial services firm with custom tailored strategies for estate, business, personal, charitable, long term care and special needs. Family owned and operated by Joe Eppy and his sons, Sam and Craig. Senior Financial Planning Specialists help clients accumulate wealth for retirement, and focus on tax efficiency and legacy planning. Licensed professionals provide financial tools for asset protection including: investments, annuities, life, disability income, and long term care insurances.

The Ruhl Financial Group, Northwestern Mutual, Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company – www.john-ruhl.com

John Ruhl and his team of financial services professionals serve a variety of clients in the Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton and Deerfield areas. The Ruhl Group educates, organizes, and prepares clients to make financial decisions, while providing risk protection and wealth accumulation strategies to meet retirement and long term care goals. Long Term Care calculator and educational resources available, click here.

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