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Access to Healthcare for the Uninsured

If you are in need of affordable and quality healthcare, the following organization assists thousands of Nashville residents each year with getting the care they need:

The goal of Bridges to CarNurse Helping Senior Man to Walk, 01-24-12e (BTC) is to ensure that residents have the vital information they need to obtain adequate health care services. Through BTC, uninsured residents of Davidson County are connected with a network of local low-cost clinics that offer a variety of services based on an individual’s ability to pay. The BTC network includes a wide-range of primary healthcare, mental healthcare, substance abuse and dental care providers. Below are brief descriptions of the services offered through BTC:

Bridges to Care Plus – Administered by the Nashville Academy of Medicine, Bridges to Care Plus provides BTC participants with referrals to specialty care services. To qualify for Bridges to Care Plus, individuals must:

1.  Be uninsured

2.  Live in Davidson County

3.  Be registered as a BTC patient,

4.  Be referred by a BTC primary health clinic

5.  Have family income below 200% of the federal poverty level

Patients referred to specialty care services must pay a $10 fee per visit; however, if the specialist determines that inpatient or outpatient services are required, they will be made available to the patient at no charge.

Prescription Medication Assistance – Through their medication assistance program, BTC fills prescriptions for medications that are on the approved formulary list for a $7 co-payment. To participate in BTC’s medication assistance program, patients must receive a written prescription by a provider at one of the following clinics:

Baptist/UT Clinic

Faith Family Medical Clinic

Comprehensive Care Center

NGH at Meharry Ambulatory Care Ctr.

Vanderbilt Vine Hill Community Clinic

ProHealth Nashville

Siloam Family Health Center

Meharry Medical/Surgical Clinic

St. Thomas Family Health Center West

St. Thomas Family Health Center South

 

Transportation – Registered BTC patients, who have no other means of transportation, can receive free transportation to medical appointments at BTC affiliated clinics through the Metro Transit Authority. To determine eligibility for BTC’s transportation program, patients are encouraged to call (615) 340-0573 at least seven (7) days before their appointment.

For more information about Bridges to Care (BTC)’s services and programs, please call (615) 340-0573 or take a look at their webpage at http://btc.nashville.gov/.

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Opening Doors of Faith, Hope & Opportunity

The following organization in the Columbus, GA area provides families and individuals with support and resources that help promote self-sufficiency.

Open Door Community House, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves Columbus area residents by offering a variety of programs with the single purpose of empowering underprivileged people so they can achieve their full potential. Open Door Community Center has opened its heart and its doors to help women, families and children in need by providing outlets for them to connect with area service agencies, obtain basic necessities, gain beneficial skills, and grow spiritually.  Some of the many programs and services offered by Open Door Community Center include the following:

Open Door Institute – The Open Door Institute is an exciting new initiative, which offers POWER classes focused on the subjects of self, career, and spiritual development. The Open Door Institute hosts basic computer classes, stress management classes, andfather and son GED prep. They also present a fourteen week program for homeless or impoverished men and women that teach them culinary arts and life skills.

The Showering Program – Probably the most expansive outreach ministry offered by The Open Door Community House, The Showering Program for the Homeless serves up to 600 different participants each year. This program is a unique ministry where unsheltered homeless individuals are offered a place to shower, a change of clothing, a nutritious breakfast, hygiene items, barber services and a place to do laundry.  In addition to fulfilling those basic needs, participants can elect to participate in job search seminars, basic computer classes and health related education opportunities.

Community Case Management Program – Judging from the amount of services included in the programs mentioned above, it is no surprise that Open Door Community House’s Case Management Program offers a multitude of resources for women in crisis, homeless individuals or families, and those struggling with poverty.  The Community Case Management Program tackles issues to help their clients receive assistance with rental deposits, first month’s rent, household necessities, counseling through the Pastoral Institute, job search, medical services, and assistance with the cost of childcare and education.

Open Door’s Transition Home for Women – Open Door's Transition Home for Women in Crisis is the oldest transitional housing program the Columbus area.  A structured and safe environment is provided to adult homeless women for up to two years if they maintain employment, are looking for employment, attend school, or are participating in the Community Case Management Program.

Golden Agers – Golden Agers is a popular weekly program for senior citizens to come eat, fellowship, and have fun--all while nourishing their spirit.  Held typically on Mondays, Golden Agers offers those participating in the program not only food and entertainment, but also preventative health screening and advocacy services.  Transportation is available to those who need it.

For more information about Open Door Community House or to receive assistance, call 706-323-5518 or visit them on the web at http://www.odch.org/ .

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Securing Brighter Futures for the Youth of Today

The following organization in Philadelphia focuses its efforts towards children in the most important early years of their development.

The goal of Family Support Services (FSS) is to advance the healthy development of young children by strengthening the capacity of families to nurture them. FSS is a non-profit social service agency that offers a variety of services to meet the needs of Philadelphia’s parents and children. The services offered through FSS are provided for children between birth and five years of age and include the following programs:

Early Intervention (EI): The Early Intervention Program exists to provide direct services to infants, toddlers and/or preschoolers who have been diagnosed with a 25% or greater delay in their development. The program is made up of teachers, social workers and occupational and physical therapists that work with children individually. Services are often provided in homes, daycares or preschools as well as shelters, libraries or other locations selected by the parent or guardian. FSS also offers a monthly parent education program for parents of preschool children with significant developmental delays.

The Early Intervention (EI) Center – The EI Center is designed to help children reach their full potential. Children can attend the Center in the morning from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

girl with crownTo be eligible for EI services, children must demonstrate a 25% (or greater) delay in one or more areas of development, or have been diagnosed with other certain conditions.

Child Welfare:  FSS’s Child Welfare division is designed to help families with very young children overcome challenges. The goal of this program is to reduce child abuse and neglect as well as improve the child’s overall health. The Child Welfare program also provides Philadelphia residents with parenting education and support to help them better understand how young children develop and grow. FSS offers the following Child Welfare programs:

Family School – Family school serves as an education program for young parents of children from birth to five years of age. The program teaches parents about their children’s needs and helps them develop positive parenting techniques. All families are referred to the Family School program by the Philadelphia Department of Human Resources (DHS). Parents and children attend Family School together two days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Evening and weekend classes are also available for parents who are unable to attend the week day sessions.

In Home Protective Services (IHPS) – IHPS is designed to provide support and services to families engaged in behaviors which result in child abuse or neglect. This program helps families to eliminate any safety threats, keep children in their homes, prevent new threats from occurring and improve the family’s ability to nurture their children. IHPS also works with the parents to ensure that children are getting the medical, academic, social and emotional help they need to live healthy lives.

Pre-Alternative Response Partnership – Through the Pre-Alternative Response Partnership, support is given to parents and their young children before a crisis occurs. This program is a voluntary, home-visiting, preventive program that offers parenting assistance and advice to families. The goal of this program is to enhance a child’s beginning and improve their changes for a successful and healthy future.

DHS Parenting Collaborative – Through DHS Parenting Collaborative, FSS offers parents a 12 week program to help strengthen their parenting skills and enhance their knowledge of child development. This program is a voluntary, community based parenting education program. Each session is conducted with an FSS parent educator and lasts about two hours.

Healthy Start –This program strives to improve infant health by providing young mothers and pregnant women with resources to ensure positive birth and infant health. Healthy Start is a home visiting program where all clients receive two home visits a month while pregnant and weekly visits for the first six weeks post partum. After the first six weeks of weekly visits, “low risk” clients will receive quarterly visits. However, “moderate” and “high risk” clients will continue to receive visits every two weeks. Topics discussed during visits include: health and parenting, education, optimal birth spacing, home safety, infant care, child development, post-partum depression and the prevention of chronic disease.

Call (215) 471-3320 or visit www.fssinc.org  to learn more about Family Support Services (FSS).

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Discounts for the Disabled and Adults Ages 60+

The Buckeye State is known for offering its senior and disabled citizens a variety of programs to make their lives a little better.  The following program is a great example: 

More than two million Ohioans are eligible for the Golden Buckeye card, honored at 20,000 businesses statewide. Golden Buckeye cardholders have ssavingsaved an estimated $2 billion since 1976. All Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults ages 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security, are eligible for a free Golden Buckeye card. Visit http://aging.ohio.gov/goldenbuckeye to learn more.

Merchants of all types (restaurants, retail stores, vehicle mechanic/tire shops, pharmacies, grocers and more) voluntarily offer special savings to cardholders.  The special savings could be a promotion like free towing or dollar amounts off products and/or fees. Or, the special savings could come in the form of a percentage of products and/or services.  To view which businesses are participating in your area, visit http://aging.ohio.gov/goldenbuckeye/newdefault.aspx.

If you don’t have convenient access to a computer to research which businesses honor the Golden Buckeye card, most participating merchants post the Golden Buckeye logo on their door, in their window or at the check-out. 

It is important to know that merchants receive no compensation for participating in the program.  With that being said, please thank businesses for their participation with your patronage; you can save a little money in the process.

Ohio residents, who hold current Ohio Drivers Licenses or State ID cards, automatically receive a Golden Buckeye card in the month of their 60th birthday.  If you are 18-59 years of age, and qualify due to a disability, you can apply for the card at most libraries and senior centers. Below are a few facilities in the Cleveland Area:

Downtown Senior Center

1300 Superior Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44114

(216) 781-6140

Fairhill Senior Center

12200 Fairhill Road

Cleveland, OH 44120

(216) 231-4012

Maple Heights Senior Center

15901 Libby Road

Cleveland, OH 44137

(216) 251-0550

Cleveland Main Library

325 Superior Avenue North East

Cleveland, OH 44114

(216) 623-7015

Parma Heights Public Library

6206 Pearl Road

Parma Heights, OH 44130

(440) 884-2313

Brooklyn Public Library

4480 Ridge Road

Brooklyn, OH 44144

(216) 398-4600

Also, all Golden Buckeye Program members are instantly registered for Ohio’s best RX Prescription Discount Program.  Even if you don’t qualify for the Golden Buckeye Program and want to find out more about Ohio’s Best RX, you can call (866) 923-7879 or visit http://www.ohiobestrx.org/en/index.aspx.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Promoting a Healthy, Active & Independent Lifestyle for Mature Adults

The following organization exists to inspire mature adults face the challenges of health and aging in the Mobile, AL area:

VIA Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive community care center for mature adults.  The mission of VIA is to offer to its participants a collection of wellness programs, family and individual support services, and bevies of solutions to make the aging process go as smoothly as possible. They are advocates for mature adults, but also care a great deal about improving the lives of all community members in the GBasketball2reater Mobile area. To serve their cause, VIA provides to its members and nonmembers services in the areas of fitness, recreation & enrichment, health & wellness, outreach, and respite care.

Fitness - Mature adults are not exempt from the benefits of exercise. Many studies have confirmed that regular exercise can help stimulate your adrenal system, regulate blood sugar, and improve your quality of sleep. VIA boasts a state-of-the art fitness center and gymnasium with aerobics rooms and Pickle-ball, Badminton and Basketball courts.  Certified instructors lead a variety of classes in Tai Chi, Pilates, yoga, weightlifting and endurance training.

Recreation and Enrichment – VIA offers a variety of leisure programs that encourage socialization. These include card games, bingo, billiards, dancing, woodshop and many other special events.  With a campus housing a computer lab, card rooms, woodshop, ceramics and art studios, a billiards room and an auditorium with stage, there’s more than enough space to enjoy your activity of choice.

It is important for people at any age to socialize and have fun, but on the other side of that coin, it is also important to enrich the mind. To keep participant’s minds sharp, VIA offers computer training classes, foreign language classes, dance instruction, classes in art and ceramics, instruction in card games (Canasta, Bridge, Poker, etc.), and craft and sewing workshops.

Many of these recreation and enrichment activities are free to VIA members, but all are open to the public for a small fee. New classes and recreational opportunities are always being offered, so please check out VIA’s monthly calendar for a weekly schedule and upcoming events.

Health & Wellness – VIA strives to provide the community with healthy living information and education. With that being said, they routinely offer Health & Wellness screenings where blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol are monitored. Other screenings are held throughout the year and include eye exams, hearing tests, skin screenings, and bone and joint health.

Throughout the year, local health experts come speak at VIA for seminars and educational opportunities. Past topics have included skin cancer, dementia, diabetes, eye care, arthritis and nutrition. Area health organizations also provide yearly flu shot and pneumonia vaccine clinics.

Outreach – Mobile is such a tight-knit and generous community.  VIA exemplifies these characteristics by offering outreach programs. They offer information and referral services in house to people needing support from community assistance groups. In addition to operating an emergency food pantry, VIA houses a restaurant, Dauphin Street CafĂ©, which offers nutritious and low-cost, hot meals.

VIA’s Home Care program provides one hour of light housekeeping and social support per week to homebound older adults and adults with disabilities. This program is free to those who particHappy Senior Couple Relaxing in Parkipate, but a small donation is appreciated. VIA also provides emergency financial assistance, hurricane preparedness materials, and utility assistance when funds are available.  Keeping in line with their commitment to health and wellness, VIA offers health and fitness programs to local subsidized housing communities.

Respite Care – VIA’s program, GrandFriends, combines structured, supervised activities with a safe, affordable and comfortable environment for elderly adults with dementia or special physical needs. The program is available 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Breakfast, a hot lunch and an afternoon snack are provided daily.

The program is dedicated to providing care-givers with much needed respite. Family members and friends are able to continue their daily routines knowing that their loved one is in a caring environment that fosters safety and activity.

For more information about VIA Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, call (251) 478-3311 or visit http://www.viamobile.org/.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.


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