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ADT Security Services
310-725-2911
5400 W. Rosecrans Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 24 hours
Personal response system features a wireless, waterproof "help" button giving emergency assistance 24hrs/day.  Can be worn as necklace or wristband.


California Voter's Assistance Hotline
800-345-8683


Consumer Credit Counseling of L.A.
800-750-2227
Counseling for budgeting, money management, debt, HUD, default prevention, and re-verse mortgage help.  Appointments required. English and Spanish spoken.  Local Tor-rance office. Non- profit.


Department of Managed Health Care
888-466-2219
California HMO Help Center 24 hrs.
Assistance for consumers unsuccessful with appealing to their health plan.  This depart-ment can help resolve problems with HMO's including issues about medical care, pre-scriptions, preventive testing, and mental health services. 
Web site:  http://www.hmohelp.ca.gov/ 


Emergency Response Systems


ADT Security Services 310-725-2911
Lifeline 800-451-0525
Health Watch 800-226-8100
Rescue Alert of CA Inc. 866-774-9600


Gentle Transitions
800-619-3049
2604 A. Harriman Lane
Redondo Beach, CA 90278 M-F, 9-5
Helps plan, coordinate and supervise all aspects of a move from researching new resi-dences to hiring a mover.  Bonded, insured, and references provided.


Hazardous Waste Recycling
888-253-2652


Health Watch
800-226-8100
Emergency button activates speakerphone and dials Health Watch Base Unit who talks to you.  If help is needed, they will call someone you have specified or paramedics.  Installa-tion fee is waived if a participant in Little Company of Mary Hospital programs.  Operates a 24-hour service.


Info Line
800-339-6993
P.O. Box 4307
El Monte, CA 91734 24 hours
Data bank offering services and resources dealing with:  mental health, education, hous-ing, disabilities, health, legal assistance, abuse, nutrition, consumer services, crisis inter-vention, financial assistance, and shelters.


L.A. County Registrar Recorder
800-201-8999
County Clerk Office 
Recorded information on obtaining birth, death, marriage certificates, real estate records, and business filings and records.


Lifeline
800-451-0525
111 Lawrence St.
Framingham, MA 01702 M-F, 8:30-5:15 EST
Emergency button activates a speakerphone and dials Lifeline.  Response is within 3 min-utes or less.  A person can be heard usually from any room in the house, or about 150 feet from the phone.  If help is needed a specified neighbor or the paramedics will be called.


Medi-Cal Information
562-908-8400
 M-Th, 7:30- 6:30
A state and federally funded program providing health insurance to persons with low in-come who meet eligibility requirements.  Operated by the Department of Public Social Services.


Medic Alert Foundation
800-432-5378
2323 Colorado Ave.
Turlock, CA 95382 24 hours
Engraved jewelry identifying medical condition with emergency help 24 hours a day.  Call for brochure.


Medicare Information
800-633-4227
General Medicare information including:  enrollment, Medicaid programs for low income, billing information, ordering of Medicare publications, and health plan choices.  Website: http://www.medicare.gov/ 


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
310-328-1460
1334 Post Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501 M-Th, 8:30-5:15
F, 8:30-5:00
Non-profit agency offering services either free or on a sliding scale.


National Fraud Information Center
800-447-8477
 M-F, 9-5 EST
Information on telemarketing and internet fraud and ongoing investigations, consumer complaints.   Local and national. Free brochure:  "Telephone Scams" available from the Federal Trade Commission, 6th and Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20590.


Public Social Services, Department of
562-908-8400
12820 Crossroads Pkwy.
City of Industry, CA 9174 M-F, 8-5
Provides services to residents in need of financial assistance to meet their basic needs for food, housing, childcare, in-home care, and/or medical assistance.  Programs include in home services, food stamps, Medi-Cal, and general relief.


Rescue Alert of CA, Inc.
866-774-9600
P.O. Box 450
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 24 hours
A personal emergency system providing help and communication to individuals who live alone.  Rescue Alert provides 24 hr. contacts with medical professionals and emergency services.


Social Security Administration
800-772-1213
310-326-0207
22600 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505 M-F, 9-4
Information and referral. Handles Social Security benefits, Medicare, SSI, retirement, sur-vivors and disability insurance. 


Southern California Gas Co.
800-427-2200
Furnace repair or replacement for low-income seniors.  Call for safety inspections and re-pairs.  For weatherization call 800-331-7593