Senior Life

Public Guardian – Fresno County Residents - 600-1500 Madera County Residents - 662-8891

Administers concerns and estates of those unable to assume responsibility as determined by the court.

Power of Attorney for Health Care – Fresno-Madera Ombudsman Program

An Ombudsman must witness the Power of Attorney for Health Care for a person in a nursing home. Contact the Ombudsman program for more information about the Power of Attorney at 224-9177. Representative Payee – Madera Public Guardian’s Office Financial assistance in bill paying, handling of finances and related advice. Call 662-8891. MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® www.alz.org/care/dementia-medic-alert-safe return.asp (register online) The Alzheimer’s Association has collaborated with MedicAlert® to create MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, specifically designed for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. MedicAlert + Safe Return provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost locally or far from home. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, every day. If an enrollee is missing, one call immediately activates a community support network, including local Alzheimer’s Association Chapters and law enforcement agencies, to help reunite the person with his or her caregiver. For more information on MedicAlert + Safe Return, visit, www.alz.org/ care/dementia-medic-alert-safe-return.asp or call 1-800-432-5378. For additional information on Alzheimer’s disease or other safety resources, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org. Saint Agnes Hospice Provides medical and emotional support for the terminally ill and their families. Call 450-5112 or visit: www.samc.com Veterans Home Based Primary Care Call 1-877-222-8387. (May have a waiting list.) 1-800-432-5378 Enrollment line 24/7 HELPLINE 1-800-272-3900

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)

Offers free health insurance counseling and advocacy services to seniors on Medicare. Volunteers available to help with Medicare billing problems. Call 1-800-434-0222. Madera County Hospice Services Medical and emotional support for the terminally ill and their families throughout Madera County. Call 675-3330. In-Home Supportive Services Services for low-income elders and the disabled. SSI and Medi-Cal recipients are eligible. Fresno County residents call 600-6666. Madera County residents call 675-2300. Madera Adult Day Care & Respite Center Provides day care for the frail and the dependent elderly. Call 675-3119. Madera County Counseling Services Oakhurst Counseling Center, Peer Counseling – Serves eastern Madera County residents 40 years and older who need help adjusting to life changes and related stress. Call 683-4809. Madera County Behavioral Health Services Call 673-3508. Madera Community Hospital Home Health Agency Independent caregiver list available by calling 1-800-870-6647 or 675-2000. Hinds Hospice Provides medical and emotional support for the terminally ill and their families.

Fresno/Madera Patient Services: 226-5683 Nursing Home Assistance (both counties)

The Fresno-Madera Ombudsman Program investigates and resolves complaints and concerns for the elderly in nursing homes and other assisted living environments. Call 224-9177.


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