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ADT Security Services
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

Consumer Credit Counseling of L.A.
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
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. 
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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
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

Health Watch
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
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
County Clerk Office 
Recorded information on obtaining birth, death, marriage certificates, real estate records, and business filings and records.

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
 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
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
General Medicare information including:  enrollment, Medicaid programs for low income, billing information, ordering of Medicare publications, and health plan choices.  Website: 

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
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
 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
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.
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
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.
Furnace repair or replacement for low-income seniors.  Call for safety inspections and re-pairs.  For weatherization call 800-331-7593