• Outreach

    @SLIC Representative Gwynn Houston is having fun with this young lady … Betty Woodier age 97!! … at the Moss Bluff Senior Center.

  • Working Together

    @SLIC works closely with the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities (MCOD) Pictured left to right – Paul Dufrene of @SLIC, Brandon Jones – Chairman of the MDOC, and Rocky Fuselier of @SLIC … working together to make a difference!

  • Community Events

    From the free wheelchair tennis clinic that took place at the Graywood tennis courts. The next big event is the Hallowheel tennis tournament and clinic held in Baton Rouge, October 28-30, 2016

  • Gwynn Houston in Africa

    @SLIC Public Relations Director Gwynn Houston recently traveled to Africa to work with the Tonga Tribe of Zimbabwe.

  • Deaf Telephone Access Program

    Sarah Newcomer, age 93!!, just received a land-line amplified phone (at no charge) from @SLIC Representative Gwynn Houston.

  • Employee Spotlight :: Case Coordinators

    @SLIC is proud of our Leesville office staff … Thanks (left to right) Rhonda, Kira, and Stormey for all you do to assist with meeting Independent Living needs in Vernon Parish!!

  • Community Outreach

    @SLIC participated at the recent Acadiana Area Human Services District 2016 Community Health and Resource Fair at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Complex.

  • Community Involvement

    @SLIC's Rocky Fuselier meeting Governor John Bel Edwards. After speaking at the rally, the governor walked down the steps to personally meet those attending in wheelchairs.

  • Employee Spotlight :: Rocky Fuselier

    The @SLIC Employee Spotlight shines on Assistant Director Rocky Fuselier! He has been a part of the @SLIC employee family for 20 years!!

  • Our Supported Employment Program

    @SLIC Supported Employment Team attending the Ability Works Regional Employer Summit in Lake Charles. Pictured left to right: Stormey Molina (@SLIC Leesville office), Gretta Manuel, Mona Richard, and Trina Paul (@SLIC Lake Charles office). Assisting persons with disabilities in fulfilling their employment goals!!


@SLIC serves as a source for information and referral - answering questions about issues that relate to the elderly and persons with disabilities. Call us today!

Referral Services

@SLIC serves as a referral source - answering questions and directing you to local agencies that can assist with meeting the needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities. @SLIC maintains an up to date database of information.

Peer Counseling

@SLIC shares disability related experiences, knowledge, and skills in group sessions or one-on-one meetings.



****The @SLIC Loaner Closet NEEDS hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers with seats, bariatric (extra) large wheelchair and shower chairs, and shower benches.
If you have any of these items, please donate to us. Many people are in need of these items!!! Call (337) 477-7194 for details.****

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. The high price connected to hearing aids can leave many settling for a life with lower sound and less independence. Now, a state-funded program is connecting aging adults with hearing aids at no cost.

At 91 years old, Bertha Burgess of Westlake still lives independently.

“I mop my kitchen and bathrooms, I do my own vacuuming and dusting,” she said.

While Burgess’ physical shape is great for someone in their ninth decade of life, aging took a toll on her hearing.

“I would say, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t understand what you said, or what did you say?’ All of this having to ask to repeat, it was so embarrassing,” said Burgess.

Burgess connected with Gwynn Houston and the Southwest Louisiana Independence Center in Lake Charles. SLIC has a hearing program through the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf.

“There are so many people that live in our area that need hearing aids and they don’t even realize it, but their families are starting to bring to their attention ‘when I talk to you, you can’t hear me,'” said Houston.

This program offers hearing aids at no cost to people over the age of 50, on a fixed income, and with hearing loss.

“You have to have at least 40 decibels or greater hearing loss in both ears,” said Houston.

The first step to sign up for the hearing program is to contact SLIC. From there, they will direct you to have a current hearing exam that shows a certain level of hearing loss for qualifications.

“The second step is your finances,” said Houston. ” A lot of folks are on a fixed income, social security, that type of thing. So most of these people will qualify.”

There is a waiting list, but Burgess says she got her hearing aids within two months of signing up. They have given her back her joy in conversation.

“These hearing aids have done wonders for me!” she said.

SLIC also offers amplified phones, doorbell devices, and an alarm clock that vibrates the bed at no cost to the hearing impaired in Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, Beauregard, and Jeff Davis Parishes. To take advantage of those resources or sign up for the hearing aid program, call SLIC at 337-477-7194.

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@SLIC on the news!!!


To help you better understand:

Due to the Managed Care Act of 2011, what used to be Louisiana Medicaid and LaChip is now BAYOU HEALTH.

The original BAYOU HEALTH Plans were:

(1)    Amerigroup
(2)    LaCare
(3)    Louisiana Healthcare Connections
(4)    United Healthcare
(5)    Community Health Solutions.

The current BAYOU HEALTH Plans are now:

(1)    Amerigroup
(2)    Amerihealth Caritas (formerly LaCare)
(3)    Louisiana Healthcare Connections (bought Community Health Solutions)
(4)    United Healthcare
(5)    Aetna (new)

Make sure you and your family have enrolled for the above plan of your choice.  And, make sure that everyone in your family is enrolled in the same plan!!

For further information, you can view the above plans at:  www.bayouhealth.com

@Southwest Louisiana Independence Center strives to empower and assist individuals with disabilities and the elderly – helping them make decisions and learn skills which will improve their quality of life in the community.

Be sure to “LIKE” us on Facebook by clicking the icon at the top of the page.

@SLIC offices are located in Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Leesville.

@SLIC operates under several Federal/State grants which are open to individuals with disabilities and the elderly. Each grant has  limitations or restrictions and eligibility requirements.  All services are at no cost to the consumer.

  • @SLIC - Lake Charles

    4320 Lake Street
    Lake Charles, LA 70605


    Call Us
    Local: (337) 477-7194
    Toll Free: 1-888-403-1062
    Fax:: (337) 477-7198

    Mon: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Tue: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Wed: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thu: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Fri: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Sat: SLIC 24 Hour On-Call Phone 1-888-559-9764
    Sun: SLIC 24 Hour On-Call Phone 1-888-559-9764

  • @SLIC - Lafayette

    216 A La Rue France
    Lafayette, LA 70508


    Call Us
    Local : (337) 269-0027
    Toll-Free : 1-888-516-5009
    Fax: (337) 233-7660

    Mon: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Tue: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Wed: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thu: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Fri: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Sat: SLIC 24 Hour On-Call Phone 1-888-559-9764
    Sun: SLIC 24 Hour On-Call Phone 1-888-559-9764

  • @SLIC - Leesville

    1104 South Third St.
    Leesville, LA 71446


    Call Us
    Local: (337) 238-1972
    Fax: (337) 238-3379
    Toll Free: (866) 372-7542

    Mon: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Tue: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Wed: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thu: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Fri: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Sat: SLIC 24 Hour On-Call Phone 1-888-559-9764
    Sun: SLIC 24 Hour On-Call Phone 1-888-559-9764