Prescott Resources for Elders & Caregivers

Last Updated: 2/26/2015

Loose Ends does not provide support services of the nature described here.

However, because of the Prescott Quad-City area’s large retirement population, there are many agencies, private businesses, and programs available to assist you if you are a senior, if you are managing a chronic illness, or are the family, friend, or caregiver of an elder in our community.

In the spirit of community, I’ve built this list of those services you or a loved one may need one day. These listings are free, whether or not a given agency is a nonprofit or private business. None of these listings constitutes an endorsement or advertisement; they are provided as a public service only.

Special thanks to:

Carol Thomason, who inspired the original creation of this page when she was a caregiver for her mother and hired me to assist with some of her needs; Annie Gaddis, Just the Necessities; and to Steve Bergmann, a Social Worker with Nurses Network (928.772.8707), both of whom generously shared their resource lists with me.

Please feel free to share other resources and books you have found useful.

Finally, I rely on readers to send updated information when some of these resources change their contact phone numbers, etc.

  • AccentCare, 928.632.5219. www.accentcare.com. AccentCare offers a wide range of in-home services that empower individuals to remain independent and safe at home. Services include: Hourly & live-in care, bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, toileting/incontinence care, medication reminders, meal preparation, monitoring skin integrity, light housekeeping/laundry, grocery shopping/errands, companionship, escort/transportation. Call AccentCare for a free assessment.
  • Area Adult Centers: (many free and “low fee” activities for 60 and older)
    • Chino Valley – Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Rd. 928.636.9114
    • Humboldt – Kate Garber Memorial Senior Center, 13000 Prescott St 928.632.0699
    • Prescott –  Adult Center of Prescott, Inc., 1280 E. Rosser St 928.778.3000
    • Prescott ValleyCasa Senior Center, 9360 Manzanita Circle. 928.772.3337
    • SedonaSedona Community Center, 2615 Melody Lane 928.282.2834
  • Adult Protective Services, 877.SOS.ADULT or 928.767.2385 (a service for reporting abuse, neglect, and exploitation of Arizona’s vulnerable or incapacitated adults.)
  • Alzheimer’s Association, 3111 Clearwater Drive, Suite A, Prescott 928.771.9257 or 24 hr Helpline: 800.272.3900
  • Angels on Duty (Prescott Valley), 928.759.7145
  • Area Agency on Aging, (NACOG) advocacy for seniors. Legal advocacy, benefits counseling, meal delivery, transportation services for aging adults, meals at senior centers, in home health care, respite care, peer counseling. FAX 928.214.7235. Please call the Flagstaff office for information at: (1)877.521.3500.
  • Arizona DES, Aging and Adult Administration/Adult Protective Service. 1509-A Gurley St., Prescott 86301. 928.776.8537. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F. Deals with helping neglected, abused, exploited, incapacitated adults 18 years old and older. Homemaker, temporary shelter, transportation, guardianship commitments or protective placement, client advocacy, crisis counseling and intervention.
  • Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), 3262 Bob Drive Suite 11. 928.778.3968; or 1.888.778.5600. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F. Medical and long-term care services for elderly, physically disabled, and Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) people.
  • Asbestos.com (The Mesothelioma Center) Since 75% of all mesothelioma patients are seniors, this site is included here for use by anyone who needs information on exposure to asbestos. For more information, call 800-615-2270.
  • Caring Presence, 928.771.0701
  • Casa Senior Center/Meals on Wheels (Prescott Valley), 9360 E. Manzanita Circle, open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Central Arizona Seniors Association (CASA) Senior Center is open to all persons 50 years of age and older. For information on services, events and all the wonderful activities they offer please call 928-772-3337
  • Catholic Charities, 434 W Gurley St., Prescott 928.778-2531
  • Adult Care Services, 844 Sunset Ave., Prescott 86301. 928.771.2335. Susan J Rheem Adult Day Centers, 826 Sunset Ave, Prescott 928.445.6384; 3407 N. Windsong Dr., Prescott Valley 928.775.3563; The Margaret T Morris Center, 878 Sunset Ave., Prescott 928.445.6633
  • Elder Law Hotline, throughout the state of Arizona: 800.231.5441 (based in Tucson)
  • Food Assistance:
    • Chino Valley Food Bank, 928.636.8478
    • Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), 928.776.0353
    • Food Plus Commodities, 928.771.3138
    • Meals On Wheels (Note additional locations) (see also Yavapai Senior Nutrition Providers):
      • Chino Valley, 928.636.9114
      • Prescott, 928.445.7630
      • Prescott Valley, 928-772-3337
      • Yarnell, 928.427.6347
    • Salvation Army, 928.778.0150 Chino Valley: 928.636.5336
    • Yavapai Food Bank, 928.775.3233
  • Home Repair and/or Modification
  • Hospice Programs
    • Hospice Family Care (inpatient unit), 928.541.1740
    • Marley House, 928.778.5655, 928.443.5400
  • Kin Care: Offers such services as housekeeping, errands, taking clients to appointments, assisting with daily routines and preparing meals, and senior move management. Licensed, bonded and insured, contact Kin Care at 928-775-2057.
  • Las Fuentes Care Center, 1045 Scott Drive, Prescott 86301. 928.778.9603. 24-hour emergency telephone response system provided as a community service and operated by Life Line Ambulance, 928.445.3811. Administrative 928.445.3814.
  • Medical Supplies
    • Alliance Home Care/Joyce, 928.717.1560
    • Goodwin Street Medical Supply, 928.541.1825
    • Lincare, Inc. 928.708.0202
  • Nurses Network, Home Health: 928.772.8707, 800.372.3609; Private Duty: 928.772.3204; 800.338.8707
  • People Who Care, Prescott, 928.445.2480,
    In Chino Valley (“Chino Valley People Who Care” satellite office): 928.636.3295.
    Volunteer-based care-giving program that coordinates volunteer assistance for adults who no longer drive due to medical or age-related issues so that they can continue to live safely and independently in their homes. Enrolled Neighbors (clients) are offered: transportation to essential appointments, assistance in the grocery store, friendly visits and phone calls, caregiver relief, help with personal paperwork or reading, minor home repairs, home safety visits, and emergency call units.
  • Pioneers’ Home 300 S McCormick 928.445.2181 Long term care for 60+ year old miners and other seniors who have made their life in Arizona.
  • Public Fiduciary, 928.771.3153 The public fiduciary is appointed by the Superior Court for those persons or decedents’ estates in need of guardianship, conservatorship or administration and for whom there is no person or corporation qualified and willing to act in that capacity. As a guardian the Public Fiduciary ensures that the basic needs of an incapacitated person are met. These needs include, but are not limited to, personal, medical, psychiatric and housing.
  • ResCare HomeCare, 928.737.2278, 928.499.3121. 1040 W. Whipple St., Bldg. 400, Prescott. In-home services for the elderly or disabled.
  • Respite Care services
    • The Margaret T Morris Center, 878 Sunset Ave, 928.445.6384, Adult Care Alzheimer/Dementia 928.445.6633
  • Senior Companion Program, 928.523.3560. Sponsored by Northern Arizona University Regional Gerontology Institute, Flagstaff. To provide companionship and help to older home bound people through regular visits, respite care when needed.
  • Senior Lifestyles Program, Cottonwood, 928.634.2251. Accept seniors who need stabilizing for mental or physical, addictions etc., for a period of approximately 2 weeks.
  • Senior Peer Prevention Program, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. Prevention program for older adults (55+ years) who are facing life-challenging events common to all of us as we age. Volunteer-based program that matches older adults with another older person who will visit in homes weekly and monitor and give support to person. Also available are Senior men and senior women’s support groups in Prescott and Prescott Valley. 928.445.5211 ext. 2672;
  • Services for those who are Blind & Visually Impaired
    • Sun Sounds of Arizona, a 301(c) non-profit that offers a free 24-hour information access service. 500 volunteers statewide read newspapers, magazines, and other print materials over a special radio broadcast for people who find it difficult or impossible to read standard size print. Their broadcast may be heard on their website. Reach them at 928-779-1775. Their office is at 1300 S. Milton Rd. in Flagstaff, AZ 86001.
  • Support Groups Note: status of these groups is difficult to update; please notify me of any changes you discover.
    • Topical support groups for seniors are offered by West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, at no charge. Call 928-445-5211 ext 2672 for more information.
      • Prescott: “Women of Wisdom” meets Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
      • Prescott: “Senior Men’s Group” meets Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
      • Prescott: “Low Vision Support Group” meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
      • Prescott: “Hearing Loss Group” meets the second Wednesday each month 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
      • Prescott: “LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) Group” meets second and fourth Friday every month 9:30 am – 11 am
      • Prescott Valley: “Senior Men’s Group” meets weekly on Tuesdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am
      • Prescott Valley: “Hearing Loss Group: meets fourth Wednesday of each month 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
      • Prescott Valley: “LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) Group” meets second and fourth Thursday of each month 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
      • Chino Valley: “Grief and Loss Group: meets weekly on Tuesdays 10:30 am to 12:00 noon
    • Cancer
      • Breast Cancer Support Group, Prescott Valley, 818.926.0969
      • Reach for Recovery, 928.541.9270
      • Living with Cancer, 928.772.5358
      • National Cancer Society, 800.237.2345
      • National Cancer Institute, 800.442.6347
    • Alzheimers
      • Prescott – 771.9257
      • Prescott Valley – 928.771.9257
      • Chino Valley – 928.771.9257
      • Veterans – 928.445.4860
    • Support for Caregivers
      • Family Caregiver Support Group, 928.445.6384 or 877.521.3500
      • Warm Line, non emergency, 928.445.5800
    • AIDS 
      • 928.776.4612, 888.405.2437
      • Yavapai County Health Services – 877.273.1949
      • Outreach Prescott Aloy Bamberg, 928.776.9749, Karen Dumach, 928.776.0173
      • Men’s Support, Paul Cardon – 928.778.9391
      • Women’s Support, Susan Kullman, 928.445.0231
    • Parkinsons – Visit their website for local support group information.
    • Stroke – 800.787.6537
    • Multiple Sclerosis – 800.344.4867, 800.737.8452
  • Transportation:(M-F only, give each 48-hr notice)
    • AAA Taxi, 928.708.0800
    • NACOG, 928.778.1422, 928.774.1895, provides monthly taxicab travel vouchers to those who qualify
    • People Who Care, 928.445.2480 ppwc@cableone.net (grocery shopping Also, Chino Valley People Who Care: 928.636.3295
    • Prescott Transit Authority, 928.445.5470
    • Speedy Taxi, 928.445.0123
    • Van Go Shuttle, 928.717.8264
    • Yellow Cab, 928.777.8294
  • Veterans Benefits
    • Prescott VA Medical Center, 928.445.4860
    • Appointments and Scheduling: 928.776.6197
    • Vet Center, 928.778.3469 or 877.927.8387
    • Healthcare Benefits, 800.949.1005 ext. 6224
    • Homeless Veteran Coordinator, 928.445.4860 ext. 6380
    • Civilian Health CHAMPVA. 800.733.8387
    • Prescott National Cemetery, 928.717.7569
  • West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 928.445.5211 (see Senior Peer Prevention Program above)
  • Yavapai Exceptional Industries, 928.445.0991 (Prescott), 928.772.6235 (Prescott Valley), or 928.445.9900 (North Prescott near Airpark). Provides work opportunities for Developmentally Disabled adults in the Central Highlands. If you are an older parent of a special person, you may find the services you need for your adult child here. (928-776-1525).

All right, you’ve gone through the entire list.

Or, do you have a specific need you are seeking help with? If you know of other services that we should add, or updates to any of the above services or their contact information, please contact Katie at ktcosmos@looseends.net

Note (worth repeating!): None of the listings here constitutes an endorsement. Consumers of these services use at their own risk and may not hold Loose Ends liable for any bad experiences you may have. Please ask companies and organizations directly for references.

Comments

Prescott Resources for Elders & Caregivers — 10 Comments

  1. Katie:
    I just love this section of your blog. I am looking for resources in Maricopa and came here because I remembered you had some resources. Keep supporting our seniors and caregivers.

    Remember when we met at a VA conference in Las Vegas….seems like eons ago.

  2. That IS eons ago! Haven’t forgotten how much I learned from that first Summit and have often wondered how you’re doing. It is great to hear from you.

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  4. I would like to connect directly with you. I am assisting transitioning my mother into Granite Gate. She owns a ranch like property in Williamson Valley. I would like to find someone or a service to drive her, using her car, on an on call, as needed basis, from Granite Gate to her property. The person would provide ccompanian services, stay with her for the day, assist with “puttering on the property”, and drive her back to Granite Gate. Can you suggest some resources for me?

    Gil

  5. Gil, this is an interesting challenge.

    To put someone on call like this sounds like contracting on a retainer basis. Since you can’t know how often your mom will need the service, the person you contract with, or employ if that ends up being the case, is essentially agreeing to put his or her life and other client work on hold. It’s almost like engaging a personal assistant.

    Lots of times family friends or church acquaintances can be good resources in a situation like this.

    I’d think you could find someone around town who would be willing to work for you as your employee if you’re willing to pay them well enough to keep their schedule open, but that could prove quite costly. In my experience I have encountered two very caring individuals who were providing this kind of service but who were completely unaware of IRS consequences tax-wise. When one of the client’s families filed their taxes and itemized the costs of this personal assistance, the person providing the care was caught unaware that she should have been keeping more careful records on her end and that she then incurred a substantial tax liability since she was billing so many hours.

    There are various personal liability issues inherent in this kind of arrangement, both to your mom and the provider. Talk to your mom’s auto insurance provider and maybe even a lawyer before you try this on your own.

    If you are a skilled interviewer and are comfortable with doing background checks, you might do well to list this as a contracted service and be able to work out a retainer agreement with a great provider that you and your mom choose together.

    The benefits of using an existing non-medical care company is that the best ones screen their employees very carefully. They may not be able to send the same person every time, though, and you may be looking for a more personalized level of care than they are able to give. Asking one of these caregivers to drive your mom’s car may cause concern though.

    I would first call some of the caregiver services listed in my Resources to discuss your needs with the manager. You’ll soon get a feel as to whether they are able to provide someone who fits the bill. You might even be able to use a combination of services, and could check with Prescott People Who Care to see if they can handle any of the transportation part.

    I hope you can arrive at a great solution for your Mom. Best of luck.

  6. Hello Katie,
    Jan. 31, 2015
    I am a senior student at NAU/Yavapai in Prescott Valley.
    I must do a 9 page project for an organization to which I belong.
    I have chosen, C.A.S.A., the Central AZ. Senior Association.
    May I use some of the resources you have given? I cannot plagiarize my sources, but if I have permission I can use the contacts you cite in this “Loosely Speaking” resource list.
    Thank you.
    Jeanne Kochan

  7. This is a wonderful webpage for those seeking information for senior services. However, I don’t see a specific listing for Meals On Wheels.There are four in the Quad-cities, one for each community. Meals On Wheels provides one hot meal a day that provides 1/3 the nutritional requirement designed by a licensed nutritionist.Contact information for Prescott Meals On Wheels is as follows: Located in the Rowle P. Simmons Community Center at 1280 E. Rosser, Prescott, AZ. Phone: 928-445-7630. Meals are served in our congregate dining room from 11:15 to 12:45, Monday through Friday except holidays. For information about home delivered meals call Sarah at 928-445-7630, option 2.

  8. Medical Alert Systems/Providers:

    I wanted to share that Area Agency on Aging – NACOG offers carenect through the Family Caregiver Support Program. For further information about carenect, please contact Brandon Baxter at 928-213-5225 or by email at bbaxter@nacog.org and for more information about programs and services call toll-free 1-877-521-3500.

    *Carenect is a Personal Emergency Response & Medication Management Systems

  9. I’m looking for transportation services for my recently widowed sister-in-law, Anne, who lives in the Yavapai Co. city of Black Canyon. She is 83 years of age, and suffers from the usual “disabilities” associated with her age, and, because of which no longer drives. As you might imagine, she feels isolated and depressed with the loss of her husband of 45 years, and as most of her family lives out of state. There are a few major dilemmas, we are unable to rectify for her. Perhaps you can help.

    First, since she cannot drive, she needs “safe traps” delivered to her home for the feral cats she has provided food and homes for, then have those cats brought to a low cost spay and neuter service (at her expense), then re-released at her property.

    Second, if she decides to move up north with her sons, she needs to find good, responsible and permanent homes for each of her house cats.

    Third, She needs good, reliable transportation to her local food store, post office, 2-3 times per week, and occasionally to Walmart (located in Anthem) etc, again, because she does not drive and because there’s no public transportation for the many elderly who live there. What’s more, there is no Paratransit service available to the ADA/elderly residents of Black Canyon City AZ.

    And finally, Anne needs a companion to come by to chat, or play cards 2-3 times per week.

    Please, help soon, she’s not getting any younger. Thanx, Elizabeth