CHEROKEE COUNTY RESOURCES
Look below for aging and disability resources in Cherokee County. Click on the blue links for more information.
- AIDB (Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind): AIDB has a strong commitment to helping all Alabamians with sensory impairments regardless of age. Contact them for more information at (256) 761-3740.
- Benefits Counseling: Contact our Agency to find out if any Aging and Disability Resources in our area could benefit you. Below is a list of some of the programs. Contact us at 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463), info@EastAlabamaAging.org, or click on resources below for more information.
- Assistance Transitioning from a Long-Term Care Facility to a Home or Community Based Setting
- Caregiver Assistance Program
- Food Assistance
- Long-Term Care Services in Home and Community Based Settings
- Senior Medicare Patrol: This program helps Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.
- State Health Insurance Counseling (SHIP): SHIP provides free, unbiased health insurance counseling for people with Medicare.
- Elder Abuse
- Exercise Opportunities
- Masters Games of Alabama: This is competition for Alabama residents age 50 and older. Competition is divided into Male and Female divisions in 9 age groups. Events include a 5K Run/Walk, Basketball Free Throw, Billards, Bowling, Checkers, Domino Doubles, Domino Singles, Golf Singles, Golf Doubles, Horseshoes (30′ male or female, 40′ male), Nerf Throw, Frisbee Throw, Rook, Shuffleboard, Softball Throw, Table Tennis, and 9 Swimming Events. Click here for more information.
- FREE Legal Services for Low-income Alabama Residents
- Age 60 and older: Call 1-800-243-5463 or email info@EastAlabamaAging.org.
- Under Age 60: Call 1-866-456-4995.
- FREE Tax Aid
- Prescription Assistance
- Senior Activity Centers
- Transportation Services
More details about some of the above programs can be found in the below section.
- Food Assistance (Call 1-800-AGE-LINE or 1-800-243-5463)
- EAC Senior Centers Meals (in the center and delivered to eligible Homebound)
- Farmers Market Coupons: The goal of this program is to provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from Alabama Farmers Market Authority eligible farmers markets and roadside stands to low-income seniors and nutritionally at risk women and children. Go to this website for more information or to apply: http://www.fma.alabama.gov/VoucherPrograms.aspx.
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): This Food Assistance Program’s purpose is to end hunger and improve nutrition by providing monthly benefits to eligible low income households to help them buy the food they need for good health.
- Prescription Assistance:
- Prescription Assistance through SenioRx: This program provides assistance with Medications, Liquid Supplements, and Diabetic Supplies approved by the physician. Contact Interfaith Ministries’ Kathy Gaines at 235-237-8355.
- FREE Prescription Savings Card from United Way – call 1-866-810-3784
- FREE Discount Prescription Card – call 1-800-931-8872 or go to www.coast2coastrx.com
- Senior Activity Centers: This center provides activities, fun, fellowship, volunteer opportunities, and access to health and nutritional information. For those that qualify, there are a limited number of lunches at the center and delivered to homebound clients.
H. Dean Buttram Sr. Senior Citizen’s Center
229 Dean Buttram Sr. Ave
Centre, AL 36960
- Transportation Services
- Medicaid Recipients: The Alabama Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) Program helps eligible recipients pay for rides to dental and doctor offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities when the service is also covered by Medicaid. Recipients with special ride needs for dialysis, radiation, or other treatments should contact the NET program at 256-549-7702.Transportation Services
- Cherokee County
- Contact: Ms. Janice Upshaw at 256-927-7472 for an appointment to be picked up.
- Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
- Demand response and Operator has a contract with Cherokee, Etowah, DeKalb (CED) Mental Health Center. Cherokee County Rural Transit has agreed to pick up patients who attend the branch that is in Centre, Alabama. The only specific route taken is that of regular patients who attend CED Mental Health Center in Centre, AL.
- System serves those who are residents of Cherokee County.
- General Public: $2 first five miles and $1 each additional five miles
- Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: $1 first five miles and 50¢ each additional five miles