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Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys:  www.afela.org

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys:  www.naela.org

The Florida Bar:  Organization of all lawyers who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida to practice law in the state:  Main: 1-850-201-3555 ;  Referral: 1-800-342 -8011 ;  www.floridabar.org

Department of Children and Families:  www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess/

Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213:  www.ssa.gov

Medicare- Offers a nursing home comparison feature, allowing you to select by state, county, city, zip code or the name of the facility.  Main: 1-800-633-4227  www.medicare.gov

Florida Senior Legal Services Helpline:  1-888-895-7873

State Long Term Care Ombudsman Council:  Investigates complaints of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.  1-888-831-0404

Florida Abuse Hotline:  1-800-962-2873

SHINE:  Provides free Medicare and health insurance education, counseling and assistance to Medicare customers, their families and caregivers.  1-800-963-5337 ;  http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us

Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Elder Helpline:  Provides consumer information about all elder programs and services.  1-800-963-5337

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