Rhode Island Legal Services Senior
Citizens Program helps low income persons 60
and older with legal advice and assistance.
This program assists seniors with problems relating to housing,
Social Security, Medical Assistance, Medicare,
Food Stamps, and other problems. Rhode Island Legal Services is located
at 56 Pine Street, Providence, RI 02903. Call 274-
2652, or 272-5335 (TTY), or 1-800-662-5034 for
information. The Newport office is located at 50
Washington Square, Newport, RI 02840. The telephone
number is 846-2264 or 1-800-637-4529.
The Rhode Island Bar Association’s Legal Information and Referral Service for the
Elderly, 115 Cedar Street, Providence, RI 02903
helps anyone 60 and older obtain legal services
and advice. Seniors may receive a free initial consultation
of up to 30 minutes. A reduced-fee program
is available for moderate income seniors. A
no-fee program is available for certain low-income
seniors. Call or 521-5040 (Voice) or 421-1666
(TTY). Collect calls are accepted.
Advance directives are written instructions
indicating which medical care that persons
wish or don't want to receive, if they are unable to communicate
The durable power of attorney for health care permits persons to appoint an agent to make
health care decisions on a person's behalf, if the need arises.
With a living will, individuals direct their
physicians to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining procedures.
Individual copies of the Rhode Island form
for the durable power of attorney for health
care and living will are available from DEA by
calling 462-3000. Advanced directives may also be downloaded from the RI Attorney General's web site at www.riag.state.ri.us.
Advance directives should be completed
long before a health care crisis arises and they
may be revoked at any time.
The COMFORT ONE bracelet program
enables emergency medical service personnel to
honor a terminal patient’s request to avoid resuscitation
in his/her last minutes. Call 222-2401.