Assistive Technology (AT) is used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. AT can be any item or piece of equipment used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of aging individuals in all aspects of life. Some examples of assistive technology are simple reaching equipment, wheel chairs or scooters, hearing aids, computerized aids including text-to-speech and word prediction, close captioning, screen reader and mobile devices. Assistive aids also include non-motorized and non-tech tools like walkers, canes, grab bars, pencil grips, or wheelchair ramps.
www.cildrc.org 540-373-2559 The Equipment Connection of the disAbility Resource Center supplies assistive equipment through their Fredericksburg location’s adaptive medical equipment reuse program. Check with the resource center about referral requirements.
Hot wheels program
Offered by American Legion Post 157 in Madison, VA 540-547-6160 email@example.com VAAL Post 157 collects and distributes used wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, and shower seats after they have sanitized them. To donate or request an item people can call at the number above (please leave a message) or send an email.
lake of the woods lions club
Lake of the Woods Lion’s Club www.lowlions.org 540-388-0110 Free loans of medical equipment for Orange County residents. For help with vision exams & eyeglasses or hearing aids contact Ron Moffa at 540-406-9258.
Mid-day lions club (The lions club of culpeper county)
540-727-1055, extension 409 (leave voice mail) P.O. Box 777, Culpeper VA 22701 Provides financial assistance to qualified residents of Culpeper County for sight and hearing tests, and for help acquiring eyeglasses and hearing aides. Adults should apply to The Department of Human Services located at SAM’S place, 219 East Davis Street, Suite 100, Culpeper.
Rappahannock Convalescent loan closet
www.rapploan.org 11929 Lee Hwy, Sperryville 540-937-HOME (4663) Loans free medical equipment for those county residents in need. Rapp at Home and the Rappahannock Lions Club have partnered with the Loan Closet to continue the service and make it more accessible to the community. Call in advance to inquire.
Virginia Assistive technology system
www.vats.org 800-552-5019 Through VATS Information and Assistance Program, callers can access information on assistive technology products, funding options, and resources that range from therapists to service providers to vendors of assistive technology devices and services. The toll free number will help you find resources in your community.
Domestic Violence Dial 911 if you or someone you encounter is under threat of any harm.
SAFE (Services to abused families, inc.)
www.safejourneys.org P.O. Box 402, Culpeper, VA 22701 (800) 825-8876 (24 hour hotline) All services are free and confidential with a 24-Hour Hotline answered by an advocate ready to help.
The National domestic violence hotline
www.thehotline.org (800) 799-SAFE / (800) 799-7233 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year - highly-trained, expert advocates offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention Information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.
aarp on driving
www.tinyurl.com/aarpdrive It’s hard to know when you or a loved one should stop driving, and even harder to tell a loved one it’s time. Read this article from AARP to help and see links to other relevant driving topics.
www.granddriver.net 800-552-3402 (Richmond) Virginia GrandDriver helps older drivers and families navigate age-related changes to keep everyone independent and safe on the road.
Elder Abuse / Neglect
adult protective services
(888) 832-3858 Report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults to APS at your local department of Social Services or to the 24 hour hotline above.
national center on elder abuse
ncea.acl.gov 855-500-3537 Provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public.
Long term care ombudsman
http://www.rrcsb.org/ Regional Office Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services 15361 Bradford Road Culpeper, Virginia 22701 (540) 825-3100 Serves all 5 counties. Advocates for older persons receiving long term care services, whether the care is provided in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or through community-based services to assist persons still living at home. They provide older adults, their families and the public with information, advocacy, and assistance to help resolve care problems.
Find more detailed information about the Long Term Care Ombudsman program on Aging Together's websiteHERE.
For more detailed information visit Aging Together's page on Elder Abuse HERE.
Fraud & Scams
"Elder fraud is an act targeting older adults in which attempts are made to deceive with promises of goods, services, or financial benefits that do not exist, were never intended to be provided, or were misrepresented." from VA DARS / Office for Aging Services
commonwealth of virginia office of the attorney General: Consumer Protection
Bureau of Consumer Protection www.ftc.gov or consumer.ftc.gov The FTC is the federal agency that works to protect consumers against fraud and scams including identity theft and scams related to COVID019 among others. reportfraud.ftc.gov Use the above website to report a fraud online directly to the FTC.
AARP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriff's Association (NSA) have a cooperative agreement to address crime prevention needs of older citizens and many counties have their own TRIAD. TRIAD provides services such as smoke detectors, emergency beacons, emergency cell phones, etc. Contact your local TRIAD to obtain info on available services and to find out about fraud prevention programs.
Culpeper County www.culpeperva.gov/Public-Safety/Town-Police-Department/Community-Services/TRIAD 540-727-3430 x 5575 (Officer Michael Grant)
Information from the Commonwealth of Virginia DARS on scams & fraud, identity theft, financial exploitation, and abuse & neglect.
virginia senior medicare patrol (smp)
www.virginiasmp.com The SMP mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling and education.
information on current scams and fraud
usa.gov USA.gov has information on current scams and fraud including COVID-19, banking, telephone, census, government, lottery, charity scams and more. aarp.org AARP has a lot of information on money scams, coronavirus, elder fraud and others.
Local Police & Sheriff Departments
If you or someone you know has been approached by someone questionable, or has been the victim of a scam in the home, contact your local authorities and report it. They may be able to help, or they can at least record it and help spread the word in the region to prevent further victimization. (for Emergencies, dial 911)