Guidance now available for Medicare beneficiaries at Wuesthoff Homecare

VIERA – Local elders, their caregivers, and their family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The Florida’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program will be relocating one of its Melbourne counseling sites from the Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne to Wuesthoff Homecare, which is located at 8060 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera. The new site is scheduled to open Monday, June 4, 2012.

SHINE is a program of the state Department of Elder Affairs that empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health care coverage. Specially trained volunteer counselors provide information and assistance at counseling sites across Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, and will now also help elders at the new Viera location.

As part of the many programs offered locally through the Senior Resource Alliance, SHINE provides free, unbiased guidance through educational materials and health insurance counseling. The new counseling site at the Wuesthoff Homecare will allow the program to reach more community members, and local elders will now be made aware of services and benefit programs available to them.

To make an appointment for counseling at the new SHINE counseling site or at one of Brevard’s eight other offices, or to receive other assistance by phone, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). More information on SHINE is also available online at