The following HNG members provide services related to Advocacy:

Assistance Plus, LLC

Member: Susan Kelsey, Ph.D., M.S., CMC, Care Manager

Address: 5 Whistling Swan Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Office Phone: (843)363-5412

Mobile Phone: (843)816-0508

Fax: (843)363-5421



Description: Assistance Plus is located on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and service all of Beaufort County. They are a “problem solving” agency specializing in assisting local and long distance families in managing the care of their aging parents, spouses and loved ones in our community. They also provide assistance to seniors who are living alone, allowing them to maintain their independence.

Care Patrol

Member: Jane Nichols, CSA, Owner Care Patrol Savannah/Hilton Head

Phone: (912)438-1036



Description: The Nation’s Largest Senior Care Placement Organization. 

Long Term Care Planning Consultants 

Member: Nancy Dykeman, Owner

Phone: (843)812-6665



Description: Their goal is to help you better understand Long-Term Care (LTC) and Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) and how Long-Term Care Insurance can help you protect your hard-earned assets. They have organized pertinent information and interactive tools that will help you understand not only Long-Term Care but also the potential financial ramifications of a Long-Term Care need.

May River Senior Concierge

Member: Kathy Crist, Owner and Operator

Office Phone: (843) 898-8111

Mobile Phone: (803) 640-3639



Description: They offer non-medical assistance to senior citizens in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area. Their clients hire them when they have needs that normally would be attended to by adult children or spouses, but do not have such a support system in place. They offer dependable and custom designed service plans to meet the specific needs of each client. Their services include but are not limited to, home organization, running errands and transporting clients, home safety evaluations, safe guard visits, reconciling medical insurance claims, coordinating moves and relocation, as well as estate liquidation, and resale preparations.


Member: Katherine Kline, Founder

Address: 198 Okatie Village Dr., Suite 103 PMB 321, Bluffton, SC 29909

Phone: (866) 445-6683



Description: MedicareQuick helps Medicare beneficiaries or their Power of Attorneys choose the Medicare plan that is right for them. They meet with their clients in person, or by using cutting edge technology to provide personal service when appropriate. Additionally, they offer free online education to help you decide which type of plan is best, without any pressure. Kathe is a former financial advisor (over 25 years), so she can look at Medicare insurance a little differently than most insurance brokers. 

Nurse Advocate Partners

Member: Karen Balerna, RN, BSN, Founder and Clinical Director

Phone: (508)930-2738


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Description: Nurse Advocate Partners (NAP) provides licensed registered nurses (RNs) or nurse practitioners (NPs) as professional healthcare advocates to help you navigate the healthcare system. They work with you and your loved ones to ensure you are getting the correct treatment for your healthcare needs. Everyone’s situation is unique and you deserve someone to advocate on your behalf so you receive the specialized attention and treatment that promotes your optimal health.

Scutta Advocacy Group, LLC

Member: Robert Scutta, CSA

Beaufort Address: 915 Bay Street, Suite 200, Beaufort, SC 29902

Hilton Head Address: 92 A Main Street, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Mobile Phone: (843)321-9538

Office Phone: (843)644-1112

Fax: (843)781-8027



Description: Scutta Advocacy Group provides professional advocacy and concierge life care management for seniors and those challenged by illness or disability. With wisdom, integrity and compassion they consider the complete lives of our clients, including medical advocacy, general advocacy, environmental, financial advocacy, and emotional well-being. They act in the best interest of their clients so that they may live their best lives possible helping to ensure dignity and independence.  Their guidance is an important resource for their clients and families in making knowledgeable decisions, choosing quality care, and ensuring an optimal life. They provide independent conflict-free advocacy and life care management solutions that are tailored for each client.  The Nurse Advocates (RN) are teamed with Certified Senior Advisors and others to gracefully provide these services.

Staying Connected, Inc

Member: Hugh Armstrong, Vice President

Address: Resource Hub at Yemassee Crafts Center

Mobile Phone: (262)716-3544

Office Phone: (843)705-2259



Description: Staying Connected is a not for profit volunteer service organization that provides information and services to residents of Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, SC. All volunteers and all members receiving services reside in Sun City Hilton Head, an age-restricted 55 plus gated community.  Their goal is to ensure the continuation of an active adult lifestyle.