Attention: This is an important announcement...…. Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. operations will be closed Christmas week from December 23rd through December 27th. Operations will resume on December 30th. BSRI will also close on New Year's Day.

Resources

Transportation

Brunswick County Senior residents meeting the age requirement implemented by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, lacking independent means of transportation, and having a desire to participate in the programs and activities of a senior center or nutrition site on a regular basis are eligible to be transported to the center or site closest to their residence.

Individuals who live a great distance from a center or site will be ineligible if the agency expense of daily transportation is cost-prohibitive. Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI) will evaluate each transportation request on a case-by-case basis. BSRI sponsored transportation is dependent on funding sources and conducted through contracted service.

Medical transportation for doctor visits and other health related appointments is not specifically fund supported. Therefore, you are encouraged to contact Brunswick Transit System (BTS) Dial-A-Ride number at 910-253-7800 to access medical transportation as needed. BSRI cannot accommodate scheduled medical appointments.

General Transportation related calls may be directed to the BSRI office located in Shallotte, NC by dialing 910-754-2300.

Care Planning Services

Maintaining Your Health Is Vital

At Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc., we understand that many seniors have multiple needs. As noted under the Programs and Services page, BSRI provides access to In-Home-Aide services that include health care assistance. BSRI also offers an RX Assistance program with more affordable options when prescription costs weigh heavy concerns.  Additionally, you may receive Medicare supplement insurance assistance through the SHIIP program. With BSRI services, you receive the assistance you need to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.

Prescription Assistance & Medication Management

Prescription assistance is provided to help seniors manage their use of prescription medications. We also assist senior citizens in accessing lower cost and  free prescription programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

BSRI offers award winning counseling services through the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) in Brunswick County. Contact us and schedule an appointment to provide you with certified counseling on Medicare benefit choices enabling health care cost savings.

Boost Supplemental Nutrition

Boost supplemental nutrition beverages are available for purchase at each of the centers for qualifying consumers. Please contact BSRI at (910) 754-2300 to confirm eligibility requirements for pre-ordering Boost products.

Special Needs and Resources

Brunswick County Emergency Services Special Medical Needs Registry

Brunswick County Emergency Services has developed a computerized registry of people with special medical needs who may require special assistance in the event of a disaster such as a tornado, severe storm, or chemical spill. If you have special needs, it is imperative that you include registration to this registry as part of your disaster preparedness planning. Please click the link to submit your information online: fs19.formsite.com/ubwatts/form165290145/index.html 

Brunswick County Departments

Local Government Departments that may offer assistance to senior residents of Brunswick County can be located on the County’s website at: www.brunswickcountync.gov. Veterans Services, Health Services and Adult Services (through the Department of Social Services) may offer assistance in areas which BSRI cannot.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department at www.brunswicksheriff.com is another website to access for information regarding its services. Important Brunswick County telephone numbers (including law enforcement agencies throughout the municipalities) can be located at: www.brunswicksheriff.com/contact/important-numbers.

Scam Awareness

Proper steps to take against scammers

Annoying and sometimes dangerous telemarketing fraud and unwanted telephone calls are popping up more and more. It is the number one consumer complaint to the State Attorney General’s office.

Although a “do not call list” is in place, blocked sales organizations are sometimes disguising their locations by using local telephone numbers; including police and IRS numbers. These nuisances should be addressed by hanging up on robotic type calls rather than pressing a button when prompted. Actually pressing a button during one of these automated calls will confirm to the violators that your number is a valid one and calls will likely occur again. To register on the national “do not call list” log on the website www.donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222.

Violators you wish blocked should be reported to the Attorney General’s office by calling 877-5No-Scam (877-566-7226) or by filing a complaint online. You might also contact your local telephone service provider about technology that may be available to block these type of calls, as well as anonymous or private numbers. The Attorney General’s office does partner with other states, as well as local, federal and international law enforcement to attempt locating and stopping telemarketing fraud rings. Experts with the Attorney General’s office will also work with victims to help reduce losses and prevent follow-up scams. Sharing information also helps to warn and educate other consumers.

There are many scams being used against victims. Below is a list of frequently used scams the public should be aware of:

The scam artist on the prowl – Representing fake charities or offering fake prizes are common scams people fall for. And beware of long lost relatives claiming a desire to send an inheritance as long as the victim sends funds for legal fees to process the transaction (be especially careful if the money is held overseas).

The IRS Phone Scam – Con artists impersonate IRS agents to try and collect phony back taxes. Never share personal information with these callers. Notification from the IRS will always arrive in writing and never be through telephone contact. This scam is usually very aggressive and intimidating. It is so prevalent in Brunswick County that the Sheriff’s Dept. posted a warning to local resident via Face Book.

Jamaican Lottery Scam – No lottery can be won without first purchasing a ticket. No huge sum of money will be distributed unless a ticket drawing is involved. Hanging up the phone on this type call is the best way to handle it.

Grandchild in Trouble Scam – A common practice of scam artists is pretending to be a grandchild calling about a dire situation like being very ill or having been arrested. The scammer typically is aware of just enough about the victim to manipulate into forwarding money to bail the child out of the situation.

Just remember that if your instinct tells you to beware, it is likely a scam. Share this knowledge with friends and relatives. And avoid answering unrecognizable numbers. If a caller is legitimate, they will typically leave a message.

Tips to protect against scammers

Below is a list of five things scammers may do that the IRS will never do:

1)  Call demanding immediate payment or referencing a tax bill owed

2)  Demand payment of taxes without offering the opportunity to question or appeal the amount

3)  Require a specific payment method

4)  Ask for a debit or credit card number over the phone

5)  Threaten to arrest or involve law enforcement

What to do when taking a scammer’s call

1)  Do not give out any information and hang up immediately

2)  Contact Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) using IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting on the web page:www.treasury.gov/tigta/ -OR- call 800-366-4484 to report to the Federal Trade Commission using FTC Complaint Assistant at: www.FTC.gov.

Information  from Sept 2016 publication at www.livinoutloudmag.com

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