Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
Telemedicine Resources For Seniors
What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine , and more broadly Telehealth , is the remote delivery of healthcare services, allowing providers to care for a patient without the requirement of an office visit. Modern technology has enabled doctors to consult patients by using HIPAA compliant video-conferencing tools. Physicians and patients can share information in real time from one computer screen to another, and they can even see and capture readings from medical devices at a faraway location. Using telemedicine software, patients can see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment without leaving the comfort of their home. Telemedicine often refers specifically to the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status.

Interactive Medicine – allows patients and physicians to communicate in real-time while maintaining HIPAA compliance.
Store and Forward – permits providers to share patient information with a practitioner in another location.
Remote Patient Monitoring – allows remote caregivers to monitor patients that reside at home by using mobile medical devices to collect data (e.g. blood sugar or blood pressure).

Medicare Coverage for Telemedicine

Medicare telehealth services include office visits, psychotherapy, consultations, and certain other medical or health services that are provided remotely. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for your doctor or other health care provider’s services, and the Part B deductible applies. For most telehealth services, you'll pay the same amount that you would if you got the services in person. Medicare Advantage Plans may offer more telehealth benefits than Original Medicare. These benefits can be available in a variety of places, and you can use them at home instead of going to a health care facility. Check with your plan to see what additional telehealth benefits are offered.

Local Telemedicine Options

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare offers telehealth through a regional network called TMH Carelink, which allows primary care physicians and specialists to see patients virtually. This network also allows medical experts to monitor patients through special equipment in their home. Contact your doctor to schedule an appointment using TMH Carelink. Our primary care doctors and specialists offer virtual video visits accessible from a smartphone, tablet or computer. You'll get a quick sign-up link once you schedule your appointment.

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare - click here

Capital Regional Medical Care , is a family practice and clinic accepting walk-ins, associated with Capital Regional Medical Center, offering telehealth visits to patients. Depending on your needs, your provider will determine whether a telehealth visit is right for you. To schedule a telehealth visit, contact the office at (850) 894-2401. Your provider will direct you to the platform that will work the best for your telehealth visit. Platforms include: Patient Portal; Apple FaceTime; Google Duo; WebEx Meetings; Zoom.

Capital Regional Medical Care - click here

Capital Health Plan uses their Amwell telehealth system to schedule video visits with doctors. The system is private, secure, and free to enroll. There is a $15 copayment per virtual visit that may vary depending on your plan or level of coverage. Clinical services on Amwell are provided by Online Care Group, and can be used any time, day or night, for many common issues. Physicians on Amwell average 15 years of experience in primary and urgent care, and are U.S. Board Certified, licensed, and credentialed. You have the ability to view each physician profile so you can see their education and practice experience.

Capital Health Plan - click here

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida offers telehealth visits through Teledoc. Teledoc is a virtual health care service designed for the treatment of non-emergency issues, the results of which can be shared with your primary care doctor. Remote monitoring is also available, to streamline recoveries and manage ongoing conditions, alerting care teams when a serious event occurs. The expertise of trained specialists can be accessed by your primary care provider via eConsults without the need to visit a specialist in the office. The cost per virtual visit will vary depending on an individual’s healthcare plan, everyday care will be $49 or less.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida - click here

FSU TeleHealth provides behavioral healthcare by a Geriatric Psychiatrist to patients 65 and above. Additional information is available - click here.

The use of Telemedicine/Telehealth resources will require HIPPA compliant software, and in some cases specialized monitoring equipment. A computer with a camera, smartphone, or tablet, as well as a high-speed internet connection are all you need to get started. Contact your primary care physician or specialist to discuss Telehealth options.

This Resource Card, researched and written by
Nick Schrader , MSW, Southside Outreach Assistant Coordinator
is a service of Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation

Information on this resource card is not guaranteed to be all-inclusive and does not imply endorsement of any persons, offices, or agencies by Tallahassee Senior Services
March 2020
Mindful Movement - Tuesdays, 11 a.m.
Live Class via Facebook
Lifelong Learners Via Zoom!
Geology of the National Parks - via ZOOM - Thursdays (ongoing), 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Our U.S. National Parks preserve spectacular icons of Earth’s geologic heritage. They contain some of the world’s finest examples of geologic phenomena including mountains, canyons, glaciers, volcanoes, coastlines, caverns, dunes, and more. TSC Lifelong Learning Coordinator and geologist Maureen Haberfeld will share some basic geology lessons and lead participants on virtual exploration of the geologic wonders in our beautiful parks. To participate, register by 9 a.m., Wednesday morning.  

Climate Change and Cultural Resources - via Zoom - Tuesday, Apr. 28, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Florida is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Something many people have not considered is how it will impact our historic and archaeological sites, many of which provide tourism revenue to our state. This presentation is designed to provide a brief understanding of climate change and discuss its impacts on some of Florida's more sensitive sites. To participate, register by 9 a.m., Apr. 27.

To register or for more information, email Maureen Haberfeld and she will send you a Zoom link. If you don’t already have zoom on your computer/tablet/or phone, you will be prompted to download the application and set-up a login and password, upon receiving a link from Maureen. Sometimes these emails go to junk/spam folder – so check there and let Maureen know if you don't get an email invite.
Zooming Into Online Art
Upcoming Live Zoom Art Classes! Register NOW!

Hands-On Art History with Mark Fletcher - Mondays (ongoing), 12:30 p.m., starting Apr. 20. Create your own art applying and combining the methods of various artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Durer and others. Email by Monday, 9 a.m. to participate.

Draw With Your Eyes, Paint With Your Heart, Mark Fletcher - Wednesdays (ongoing), 1:30 p.m., starting Apr. 22. Pen & Ink with a little watercolor. Email by Wednesday, 9 a.m. to participate.

Acrylic + Mixed Media by Robin Gray, Thursdays (ongoing), 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, starting Apr. 30. Acrylic paint is a wonderful medium, equally at home in fine art and personal journals. You can paint on paper, canvas or wood. Whether you prefer realistic painting or experimental abstracts this is the class for you. Think you can't draw? You'll learn to use color, shape, value, and size to express yourself. In this class you can practice applying paint that will allow your drawings to come to life. You really only need five colors of acrylic paint, some gesso, and painting surfaces you may already have in the house. You'll also learn how to make do-it-yourself stencils and stamps to create exciting papers for collage work. Let this class be the beginning of a journey in painting that can take you wherever you want to go. Email by Wednesday (Apr. 29), 8 pm to participate.

To register for the above class(es) or for more information - email Jennifer Haskins. Let her know which class(es) you are interested in; she will send you a Zoom link. If you don’t already have zoom on your computer/tablet/or phone, you will be prompted to download the application and set-up a login and password, upon receiving a link from Jennifer. Sometimes these emails go to junk/spam folder – so check there first and let Jennifer know if you don't get an email invite.
Zoom into Ukulele
Childhood Trauma: The Impact Throughout one’s Lifetime 
. . . and the role pandemic plays
 Join us on Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 pm on Facebook for a Webinar
In recognition of Trauma Awareness Month, we present this webinar is about an important issue that is exceedingly common, and may be exacerbated by the current pandemic.  Dr. Mimi Graham, Director FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy, is the keynote speaker. She will discuss the research, the physical and societal factors that play a role, the symptoms, the most current treatment options, coping skills, local resources and more. Intended for professionals, scholars, and the community at large. CEUs are offered for nursing and social work. For more info, contact Ruth Nickens, RN, TSC Health & Wellness Coordinator at Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com .
Zoom User Guide
Want to learn more about Zoom? How to get started? Join a meeting? Host a meeting? Tutorials? Click here!
Our programs are funded and dependent on your membership donations
If you can, we ask that you continue to support our programs by renewing your membership to the TSC Foundation. For membership information, benefits and to give online - click here or print and mail this form in. Or, to make a donation - click here .
Checks can be mailed to: TSC Foundation, 1400 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL, 32303.

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(COVID-19) Resources
Could you use someone to talk too, a little "lift," or some help with resources – the main number is 850-891-4000 and it will be forwarded to a staff member’s phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General Resource
2-1-1 Big Bend ,You can call 2-1-1 for human service information and assistance. They are available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information & referrals.

Resource Cards are a service of Tallahassee Senior Services and the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation . Could you use some resource information or have some questions, call 850.891.4000, or email Sandra Stoutamire . Note: Resource cards are not guaranteed to be all-inclusive and does not imply endorsement of any persons, offices, or agencies by Tallahassee Senior Center.
Be a Supporter of Senior Services!
Tallahassee Senior Services offers programs, activities, and opportunities designed to encourage active living, optimal aging, and social fitness for independent adults age 50+. The mission of the TSC Foundation is to generate funding to support programs, services and participants of Tallahassee Senior Services. Here are three ways you can support Senior Services:
Become a Member! Donate!
Donations, honorariums, memorial gifts, and legacy gifting are appreciated ( click here to donate ). For more information on membership or on becoming a Key Holder click here. Your membership is tax deductible. Call 891-4041 or email Karin Caster for information or assistance. 

"A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF THE CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE or WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE." Registration #CH8035.
Host a Facebook Fundraiser!
Are you celebrating a birthday or a special occasion and have enough "stuff"? How about hosting a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit the Senior Center? To do this, you must have a Facebook account/profile and then click here and follow the directions! Need help? Email Audrey Byrne.

Be certain to thank your friends for their generosity and thank you and your friends forsharing the joy of active aging opportunities for our community!
Shop at Smile.Amazon.com
Shop at Smile.Amazon.com ! Choose the Tallahassee Senior Citizens Foundation, Inc. as your charity of choice, and every time you shop, 0.5% of AmazonSmile purchases will be donated .
Links to programs, classes and opportunities!