Senior Resources

***Brentwood Senior Activity Center is now hosting a Coronavirus State Testing Site***

At this time the Brentwood Senior Activity Center is being used as a State Testing Site. Below are links to register for an appointment and more information about the testing and locations. 
Testing is available: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Register Online 
Vaccination Scam Alert 

UberWAV

Uber’s wheelchair-accessible vehicle program – UberWAV. I wanted to reach out with new resources on how Uber is continuing to provide transportation options to get Californians to vaccine appointments and recent accessibility improvements to the Uber app: 

  • Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments. To continue our commitment to safely transporting Americans to their vaccination appointments, Uber has teamed up with the White House to provide free rides to and from vaccination centers across the country. We’re providing free rides (up to $25 each) for each leg of the trip so people can easily get to and from both shots. We also partnered with Walgreens, PayPal, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and we created the Vaccine Access Fund to allow anyone who uses Uber to donate a ride to someone in need of transportation to a vaccine appointment. The attached 1-pager includes resources for finding a vaccination site and how riders can redeem their free rides. For more Information click HERE.

COVID-19 Vaccination Transportation

Requests need to be made 7-10 days before the required ride. Sometimes they are able to arrange a shorter turn around time. To qualify for this free service, the individual needs to be a MediCal member of any age assigned to CCHP. It is a curb-to-curb service with drop off and pick up. To arrange a pickup after the 15 observation period post COVID shot, the individual needs to call the dispatch number. If the individual needs wheelchair or gurney transport, s(he) needs a referral from his/her physician for authorization through the “medical transport” unit.

Both the medical and nonmedical transportation unit’s hours are from 8am-5pm.
For nonmedical transport: 1(855) 222-7218
For medical transport: 1(877) 800-7423 

COVID -19 Vaccine Scam Awareness Videos:

Spanish: https://youtu.be/62Td8Rp_sg4 
English: https://youtu.be/tx7vNhN4vvU
Tagalog: https://youtu.be/kD9rkoipVS0
Chinese: https://youtu.be/G0XRx2qa32A

Brentwood COVID-19 Senior Resource Guide

The City of Brentwood Senior COVID-19 Resource Guide is a reference guide for seniors in our Community to find resources that they may need during the pandemic.
Please click the flyer below for more information:
         

Contra Costa County Resources

Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) 
Our agency’s goal is to develop a system of care and support to help adults ages 60 and older and persons with disabilities maintain their independence. We serve as a hub for information and referral, and provide health insurance counseling. We also fund local services such as adult day care, home delivered meals, legal assistance, friendly visiting, assisted transportation, fall prevention, congregate meals, and family caregiver services. Information Phone: (925) 229-8434. Area Agency on Aging
Contra Costa Online Resource Database is now 211 Contra Costa www.211database.org

Contra Costa County Adult Protective Services Hotline 
Adult Protective Services (APS) responds to confidential reports from anyone who suspects that an elderly person or an adult with a disability (dependent adult) who lives in Contra Costa County is being abused or neglected or is self-neglecting. Our 24-hour hotline is staffed by social workers who respond to these calls and will walk the caller through a series of questions to determine if a situation requires APS intervention. When a case is opened in APS, an APS social worker will be assigned to the case and will go out to the home of the alleged victim to determine what services, if any, are needed. 
REPORTING ABUSE 
Anyone interested in obtaining more information or who wishes to report adult or elder abuse should call 24 hours a day: 
Landlines in Contra Costa, call toll free (877) 839-4347 
Cell Phones or outside Contra Costa, call (925) 602-4179 
Adult Protective Services

Contra Costa County Adult Senior Resource Guide
Click HERE to view the Senior Resource Directory that was produce by the Contra Costa County's Information and Assistance Program.  

Benefits Checkup

There are over 2,500 senior benefit programs available nationwide. Find out what benefits may be available in your area in English and Spanish.  Medication, Health Care, Income Assistance, Housing & Utilities, Tax Relief , Veterans and other resources.  

Funeral Assistance

From the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee:
Dear Friend,
In the last year, millions of people across the country suffered the heartbreaking loss of a family member to COVID, and at the same time, many are struggling financially because of the pandemic. 
Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), people who lost loved ones to COVID will soon be able to apply for a reimbursement for funeral costs. I want to share a few important details about this program.
The maximum reimbursement offered through FEMA will be $9,000 per burial. In order to apply, you will need to provide documentation that includes a funeral contract, receipt , and more. The program will begin on April 12, 2021. For more details, please click here .
I began working on this effort with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last spring when the pandemic was at its worst. Families that are struggling  during this challenging time should not have to worry about the cost of properly grieving their loved one.
Any applicant must provide the following documents:
Official death certificate attributing the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. 
Funeral expenses documents, such as receipts or a funeral home contract, that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred. 
Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Hot Line: 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585
As always, my office is here for you. If you need help with a federal issue, please call my Oakland office at (510) 764-0370. You can also connect with me via Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram .
Please continue to stay healthy and remember to wear a mask.

 

California Phones

Keeping you connected.  California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) provides free specialized phones and accessories for your mobile phone to all qualified Californians.  Click the banner for more information:

Contra Costa County COVID Rent Relief Program

Empowered Aging

Empowered Aging envisions a world where all older adults and their families are enabled to navigate the aging continuum through person-centered advocacy, education, and collaborative leadership. We work every day to realize our vision of creating communities where all can age with peace of mind.

Our work is driven by the passion of the staff, volunteers, and donors who give their time, money, and voice to improve lives and spark change. That can mean donating to make sure older adults have access to new technology, helping a senior stay engaged with regular visits, speaking out in support of policy change, and so much more.

Visit https://empoweredaging.org/ for more details on the services they provide.

Apply for Vulnerable Customer Status

PG&E help address the needs of our customers whose life or health would be at risk should their electric or gas service be disconnected. To self-certify for Vulnerable Customer status, you must download, print and submit an application that is valid after acceptance by PG&E. Get a copy of the application.

PG&E APPLICATION

Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH)

We sponsor REACH, a one-time energy-assistance program that Dollar Energy Fund administers from 170 offices in Northern and Central California. REACH helps income-qualified customers who have experienced an uncontrollable or unforeseen hardship and are unable to pay for their energy needs.

Eligible customers may receive an energy credit up to $300. The credit amount is based on the past due amount of the statement. REACH assistance may be available once within a 12-month period. 

Get details on the program. Visit REACH (Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help).

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP offers two types of assistance:
  • Financial aid to help offset the cost of heating or cooling a home
  • Home weatherization

We partner with organizations that work in your community. Priority is given to families who meet the following criteria:

  • Spend a high percentage of their income on energy and/or have elderly or disabled family members
  • Have children under three years of age

You can dial 211 to learn about LIHEAP income guidelines and get a list of participating agencies. You can also get details online. Visit LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)

National Council on Aging Age Well Planner 

Guidance for your situation 
We’re NCOA, a non-profit that is dedicated to helping you age with confidence. Use o Age Well Planner to get personalized resources, tools, and expert help.  https://www.ncoa.org/age-well-planner

 

Create a Lifetime of Guaranteed Income

  • Annuities provide an alternate way to save for retirement that can offer security and guarantees not generally found in other products.
  • They can offer potential tax-deferred growth to help you save additional money for retirement.
  • Annuities can provide protected lifetime income.

To learn more, click on the link: https://www.ncoa.org/age-well-planner/resource/create-a-lifetime-of-guaranteed-income