Community Resources for Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries
This is a brief list of available resources. If you need further information on additional resources, please contact your clinical case manager.
- Angel Food Ministries: www.angelfoodministries.com Provides food to those who are struggling financially.
- Basic Needs Ministry (919-661-6565): www.4042needs.org Maintains list of free or low cost medical and other resources (food, appliances, clothing, furniture, appliances and more).
- Safety Net Medical Providers: Provides information on doctors/dentists that accept Medicaid, listings of health centers, free medical clinics and more.
- Salvation Army (919-834-6733): Provides financial assistance, clothing, food pantry.
- Urban Ministries (919-834-4707): Provides financial assistance, food, and transitional housing.
- Wake County Human Services (919-212-7541): County office where applications for Medicaid and Food Stamps are taken.
- WCHS Emergency Assistance Service Intake (919-212-7000): Provides emergency financial assistance with utilities, rent, prescriptions, and other services.
Emergency Response System
- Lifeline: (800-543-3546) Equipment and monitoring from Lifeline
- Medical Alarm: (800-906-0872)
- Rescue Alert: (800-688-9576)
Advocacy and Information
- Americans with Disabilities Act (http://www.ada.gov): Provides information on disability rights laws.
- Community Partnerships (919-781-3616): Provides services to people with disabilities of all ages. Programs include: preschool services, brain injury support services, supported employment, and family education.
- Family Support Network (919-662-4600) Provides services to families of children with developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses or other special needs.
- NC Human Relations Commission (919-789-5930) Provides information regarding fair housing and housing discrimination concerns.
- NC Industrial Commission (919-807-2500) Provides information on workers' compensation.
- NC Spinal Cord Injury Association (http://ncscia.org) Provides resources, services, and peer support.
- Resources for Seniors (919-872-7933) Provides information on home and community-based resources so that disabled and senior adults can maximize their independence for as long as possible while remaining in their home.
- Triangle Disability Advocates (919-350-8539) Assists families in the Social Security application process.
Counseling / Mental Health Services
- Catholic Social Services (919-790-8533) Provides counseling on a sliding fee scale.
- Hopeline (919-231-4525) 24-hour/7-day confidential supportive telephone counseling.
- Interact (919-828-7501) Crisis intervention, counseling and shelter for victims of domestic violence.
- Jewish Family Services (919-676-2200) Provides counseling on a sliding fee scale.
- Triangle Family Services (919-821-0790) Provides counseling on sliding fee scale.
- Wake County Human Services / Mental Health (919-250-3133) Emergency and non-emergency mental health services. Walk-ins and some scheduled appointments available. Accepts some insurance and sliding fee scale.
- Alliance Medical Ministry Clinic (919-250-3320) Medical care on sliding fee scale for eligible working families without health insurance.
- Doctor Choice (919-350-8900) Physician referral line.
- Open Door Clinic (919-832-0820) Free medical care by appt. for those with no insurance.
- Wake Health Services (919-833-3111) Provides general medical care and social work services. Insurance accepted, sliding fee scale.
Home Modifications and Accessibility
- Center for Independent Living (919-715-0543) Home modifications and assistive equipment.
- Center for Universal Design (800-647-6777) Assists with planning for modifications in homes. Will talk with callers about needs and can send information packet.
- Imagine (919-779-3487) Accepts donated mobility and other durable medical equipment, and has donated equipment available at no charge.
- Resources for Seniors Housing and Home Improvement (919-872-7933) Home adaptations including wheelchair ramps, grab bars; minor home repair related to health and safety. For homeowners 55 and older, fees are based on income.
- Ramp and other product companies Multiple companies rent or sell a variety of home modification supplies.
- Social Security Administration (800-772-1213) Provides information on Social Security benefits and Medicare, Social Security Disability Benefits and SSI.
- Accessible Raleigh Transportation (ART) (919-890-3459) If you are a Raleigh resident with a physical or mental disability that makes it impossible to drive a car and/or use the city bus system, you are eligible for ART. The ART program provides subsidized door-to-door transportation service through participating taxi companies within Raleigh's city limits and within a 3/4 mile of CAT fixed routes.
- Capital Area Transit - City Bus Service (919-828-7228) Discounted rates are available for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
- Center for Volunteer Caregiving (919-460-0567) Volunteer-based transportation, limited availability.
- Durham Area Transit Authority (919-485-RIDE) Discounted rates are available for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
- DATA ACCESS (919-560-1551) Provides curb-to-curb transportation service for eligible riders. DATA ACCESS operates service to all locations within the City of Durham and to any location outside the City that is three-quarters of a mile of any fixed-route service operated by DATA. DATA ACCESS provides service during the same hours and on the same days as the regular fixed-route service. Must submit application.
- Stalls Medical Supply (800-627-0732) New, used and rental wheelchair accessible vans.
- TRACS (212-7005,option 3) Public van service for Wake county residents traveling between certain zones (call to determine whether your trip is a covered zone); wheelchair accessible vans available.
- TRACS Edcap Program provides priority in scheduling transportation to seniors and those who are disabled.
- Van Products (919-878-7110) Sells wheelchair-accessible vehicles, lifts, ramps, hand controls and many other products.
- Wake Coordinated Transportation (919-212-7005) Clients who are Medicaid eligible are able to access free transportation to/from medical appointments - advanced notice required.
Wheelchair Van Transportation Companies
Call for price quotes and to schedule transport.
- TriStar: 919-878-1661
- Community Cab: 919-231-6282
- Response Transportation: 919-661-2504
- Shamrock Transportation: 919-832-4601
- 2U Transit (Durham): 919-479-0929
- Joseph: 919-669-0829
- Allen's Transportation: 919-610-3285
Triangle Support Groups
- Resources for Seniors: (919-872-7933) Maintains a list of caregiver and other specific support groups. Call for more information.
- Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (919-350-8137)
- Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (919-872-7933) An alternative to nursing home care for adults who require a high level of care and meet strict financial criteria.
- Independent Living, Raleigh office (919-715-0543) Offers a variety of services, including home modifications, personal assistance services, and counseling, to persons with disabilities that meet certain financial criteria. Available statewide.
- Meals on Wheels of Wake County (919-833-1749) Home delivered meals for disabled and homebound seniors.
- NC Assistive Technology Program, Raleigh office (919-850-2787) Provides assistive technology services and information through demonstrations, loans, and training. Available statewide.
- Partnerships in Assistive Technology-Assistive Technology Exchange Post (919-872-2298) http://www.pat.org Bull or sell assistive technology online. Available statewide.
- Vocational Rehabilitation, Raleigh office (919-733-7807) Promotes employment and independence for persons with disabilities. Available statewide.
- Home Health Therapies Multiple agencies provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy at home for persons that are unable to travel and meet eligibility criteria. Home nursing services are also sometimes available.
- Outpatient Therapy Multiple facilities provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy for persons that can travel
- WakeMed's Spinal Cord Injury Day Treatment Program (Raleigh - WakeMed Health Park - 3000 New Bern Avenue) provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, clinical case management, nursing , and neuropsychological services as appropriate. Schedules are typically no more than three hours per treatment session.
- Wake Med's SCI Fitness Program (Raleigh - WakeMed Healthworks - 3000 New Bern Avenue) is designed to provide hands on assistance to people with SCI that need help performing exercises.
Private Duty Attendants / Aides
- Comfort Keepers (919-449-0004) www.comfortkeepers.com
- Helping Hands of America (919-510-0960) www.hhamerica.com
- Home Health Aides (Medicare, Medicaid, some private insurances) Consult your company or case manager to determine eligibility.
- Home Care Services (Private pay hourly rates for companions, aides, or nurses)
- For Wake County residents, consult Resources for Seniors for listing area agencies (872-7933)
- Maxim Healthcare Services (919-676-7990) www.maxhealth.com
- Resources www.medicare.org for Seniors Home Companion Program (919-872-7933)
- Visiting Angels (919-787-4317) www.visitingangels.com
Prescription Drugs Medicare Part D
- Medicare (800-633-4227) information to help in selecting Medicare prescription drug plan
- NCRx (888-488-6279) Drug assistance plan to help low-income seniors with Medciare Part D premiums.
- SHIIP (919-807-6900) Answers questions and counsels Medicare beneficiaries about Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription plans, etc.
- Filling in the Gaps (FIGS Program) Wake Co. Dept. of Human Services (919-212-7000) or (919-834-4707).
- Low Cost Generic Medications: Walmart's $4/month formulary http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/genericdruglist.pdf
- Target's $4/month formulary http://sites.target.com/images/pharmacy/pharmacy_4dollar_program_list.pdf
- NACo Prescription Drug Discount Card www.wakegov.com/naco Drug discount card program which helps individuals save money on their prescription medications that are not covered by insurance. Savings average 20%.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance (888-477-2669) www.pparx.org Offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
- VA Prescription Benefit for all honorably discharged veterans, must be enrolled in the VA and must be seen by VA doctor.
- www.needymeds.com. Provides information about patient assistance programs, which provide no cost prescription medications to eligible participants.
- www.rxassist.org (877-844-8442) Helps individuals to access pharmaceutical assistance programs.
- Careline (1-800-662-7030) Provides information and referral on available resources. Spanish-speaking specialist available.
- Resources for Seniors (919-872-7933) www.resourcesforseniors.com - Provides home/community-based services so that disabled and senior adults can maximize their independence while remaining in their homes.
- United Way 2-1-1 Provides callers with information about human services for every day and once in a lifetime needs. www.211.org
- Vocational Rehabilitation (919-733-7807) Helps persons with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment.
- Wake County Veterans Service Office (919-856-6161) Assists veterans and their dependents in applying for and obtaining veterans benefits.
Spinal Cord Injury Patient Education Notebook (PDF): English | Spanish
Here you'll find detailed information on spinal cord injuries, levels of function, lower extremity range of motion exercises, independent living, a personal care needs worksheet, and much more pertaining to spinal cord rehabilitation.