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"North Idaho Senior Companions" connects volunteers (age 55 or older) with homebound individuals who need person-to-person friendly support due to loneliness, illness or disability.

 

Weekly visits also provide respite for spouses/caregivers. Companions & clients are matched according to shared interests & experiences.

 

There is NO COST for this service, which is sponsored by PANHANDLE HEALTH DISTRICT, 8500 N. Atlas Rd., Hayden, 208-415-5177.

 

Volunteers receive a tax-free hourly stipend & mileage reimbursement. 

Sign up for the FREE "Crime Reports" map, available from KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, which shows recent locations of car thefts, burglaries, assaults, sex offenders & more. 

KCSO also offers "Alert" mass emergency notifications for Kootenai County & from the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. Sign up HERE or call 208-446-1300.

Stay informed.

If there's a void in your life - family members you're looking for & haven't found - Kootenai County Genealogical Society members are available each Wednesday from 1-4 pm at HAYDEN LIBRARY. Let them help you - no charge.

Get assistance completing the branches of family trees.

HAYDEN LIBRARY is located at 8385 N. Gov't Way, Hayden. Phone 208-772-5612. Find more programs HERE.

With a goal of returning injured raptors to the wild, BIRDS OF PREY NORTHWEST provides medical care to sick, injured & orphaned birds.

 

Headed by birds of prey biologist/expert Janie Veltkamp, the non-profit facility educates the public about raptors, their protection, & how they are critical to our ecosystem.

For rescue emergency of an eagle, hawk, falcon or owl, call 208-245-1367 or 208-582-0797; or Idaho Fish & Game, 208-769-1414.

"Because safe neighborhood are everybody's business", proactive "Block Watch" programs exist in our communities. To find out more, or to organize one, contact:

COEUR D'ALENE POLICE

208-769-2320 

POST FALLS POLICE

208-773-3517

SPIRIT LAKE POLICE

208-623-2701

RATHDRUM POLICE

208-687-0711

FREE bicycle licensing is offered by POST FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT so if bikes become lost or stolen, they can be returned to the rightful owners easier & quicker. (Unclaimed bicycles are eventually sold to auction after 90 days.)

 

Bicycle licenses are issued at the police department M-F, 8 am-5 pm. Bikes need to be taken to station, located at 1717 E. Polson Ave., Post Falls, 208-773-3517.

Licensing can also be done online. More info HERE.

Transportation services are available at no cost to Kootenai & Benewah County rIders.

 

CITYLINK operates 4 routes, 7 days a week, including holidays, with over 150 stops. CITYLINK buses have seating for 33 people, racks for bicycles & wheelchair lifts.

For routes, Q&A, policies & contact info, click HERE or call 208-446-1616.

"SAFE KIDS KOOTENAI COUNTY" aims to reduce accidental drownings, especially among children, by supplying & maintaining life jacket loaner stations at popular boat launches.

 

FREE of charge, the public can use & then return the U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFDs sized from infant to adult XL (with instructions on how to choose the proper one.)

For more info, contact Donna Kalanick at 208-625-5722, or click HERE.

Blood pressure checks are FREE each Wednesday at LAKE CITY CENTER, courtesy of "CdA Caring Hands", from 11 am-noon.

 

Stop by for many other classes & activities for seniors.

 

Location: 1916 Lakewood Dr., Coeur d'Alene, 208-667-4628.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) offers at no cost, unbiased Medicare benefits info & assistance through workshops. If preferred, an app't can be set for one-on-one counseling at 2005 Ironwood Parkway, CdA, by calling 1-800-247-4422.

 

SHIBA is a service of Idaho Department of Insurance.

Some businesses offer FREE community meeting rooms. Each has requirements or purposes, so be sure to call stores for specifics.

JOANN FABRICS

200 W, Hanley, Coeur d'Alene

208-762-4913.

NATURAL GROCERS

222 W. Neider Ave., Coeur d'Alene 208-665-4590

MICHAEL'S

225 W. Canfield, Ste. B, Coeur d'Alene

208-772-6333

Have a trained AARP tax preparer do your taxes FREE of charge, January - April of each year at various locations in North idaho.

This service is designed for seniors as well as low-income taxpayers.

Locations/appointment times will be provided at "tax time". More info HERE.

Avoid accidental poisoning, overdose & abuse of prescription drugs. Dispose of meds, FREE of charge, which have expired or are not needed. Look for the "MedReturn Box" at these locations:

MEDICINE MAN PHARMACIES

  • 8093 N. Cornerstone Dr., Hayden; 208-762-9355

  • 805 E. Polston Ave., Post Falls; 208-773-7732

COEUR D'ALENE POLICE DEPT.

  • 3818 Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene (lobby); 208-769-2320

POST FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • 1717 E. Polston Ave., Post Falls (lobby); 208-773-3517

Sign up for the FREE "Kootenai County Emergency Alert Program" - receive critical information on major forest fires, flooding, winter storms, road closures, evacuations of buildings/neighborhoods & more.

 

Time-sensitive messages will be sent wherever you specify - your home, mobile or business phones, email or text messages. 

"If we can't reach you, we can't alert you". Sign up HERE.

Car seat inspections are offered FREE of charge at KOOTENAI HEALTH for new parents & caregivers.

 

The program exists to prevent unintentional childhood injury or death. Call 208-625-4642 to schedule an appointment.

KOOTENAI HEALTH is located at 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d'Alene.

Car seats are also inspected on specific dates FREE of charge by INLAND NW SIDS SUID FOUNDATION,

1130 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene, ID

 

Text (no calls) 208-582-6702 to schedule appointment.

"Vacation Check" is a FREE service for those who will be away from their homes who would like police officers to do routine checkcs.

Make arrangements by calling POST FALLS POLICE department's non-emergency phone, 208-773-3517, or via form found HERE.

 

Provide a return date, emergency contact & info on expected visitors or vehicles which may be at residence during your absence. 

SPIRIT LAKE POLICE also provides this FREE "Security Check" service. Find form HERE. Questions? 208-623-2701.

Tech help is available FREE at HAYDEN LIBRARY, 8385 N. Gov't Way, on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 2-4 pm. 208-772-5612

 

Don't get frustrated by mobile devices – smart phone, tablet, e-reader, laptop, etc. Get help!

COEUR D'ALENE LIBRARY offers "Book a Librarian" for help with tech issues such as downloading eBooks, setting up an email account & much more. 

For your convenience, schedule an appointment at 702 E. Front Ave., CdA. 208-769-2315

Pregnant women & children ages 3-17 can receive dental care FREE or at minimal cost during Panhandle Health's "Dental Day" on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Dental hygenists provide oral health checks, teeth cleaning, fluoride varnish & referrals from 10 am-7 pm.

Appointments are limited to the first 11 participants, so call 208-415-5270 to schedule. 

PANHANDLE HEALTH DISTRICT also offers smoking cessation for teens, , Hepatitis A & B vaccines, parenting classes, home health care & much more!

 

For seniors struggling to stay safe & secure in their homes, ELDERHELP OF NORTH IDAHO comes to the rescue, thanks to caring volunteers willing to help.

Projects may include: installation of handrails/grab bars, minor roof or plumbing leaks, flooring repairs, locks on doors/windows, smoke detectors, firewood, snow shoveling, handicap ramps & yard maintencce.

Seniors needing help should call the hotline, 208-661-8870. This service is at no cost to seniors with limited resources.

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