State Resources

General Information

Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)
http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/index.php
The Florida government site offers a consumer resource guide and information about state programs for elders. Find the location of and services offered at senior centers throughout the state. Learn how to obtain assistance with prescription drug costs.

Florida Medicaid
http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Medicaid/index.shtml
This state site explains about Medicaid, what it covers and how to find out if you are eligible for coverage.

State of Florida Information
http://www.myflorida.com/
The official portal for the State of Florida, this site offers in-depth information about all aspects of state government. For instance, you can learn more about elder issues, driver licensing or taxes.

Florida Division of Emergency Management
http://www.floridadisaster.org
Florida’s State Emergency Response Team offers information about preparing for disasters and during an event, up-to-date details about the response. It includes everything from hurricanes to computer virus threats.

Florida State Guardianship Association
http://www.floridaguardians.com/
This nonprofit organization provides information about guardianship. Guardians tend to the affairs of people judged incompetent to manage their own lives.

Health-related Resources

Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/index.shtml
A state agency, AHCA provides information about health-care facilities, nursing homes, end-of-life issues, privacy rights and organ donation. It offers a phone number and forms to complain about health-care facilities and a method for resolving conflicts with health insurers.

Florida Health Finder
http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/
The website provides a list of Florida health care facilities (hospitals, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, etc.), their inspection reports, as well as comparison tools for Florida hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, hospice providers, health plans, physicians, and prescription drug prices. The site provides information on the Florida Medicaid Program, a list of statewide programs for low-income and uninsured persons, and much more.

For Consumers

Florida Long-term Care Ombudsman Program
http://ombudsman.myflorida.com/index.php
A volunteer organization, the Florida Long-term Care Ombudsman Program is committed to improving the lives of elders living in nursing homes or other group settings. The site outlines residents’ rights and explains how to find an ombudsman. It even explains how to become an Ombudsman. It also provides links to local chapters.

Florida Council on Aging (FCOA)
http://fcoa.org/
FCOA speaks out about older adults interests to legislators and the public. You can track the status of bills of interest to older adults. It also provides links to national and state aging resources.

Florida Assisted Living Affiliation (FALA)
http://www.falausa.com/
An organization for owners of assisted living facilities, FALA provides consumer information about the industry. Content covers costs, services and regulations pertaining to this level of care.

Florida Brain Bank Research Program
http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/BrainBank/index.php
The Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Brain Bank is a service and research oriented network of statewide regional sites. Currently, only a brain autopsy at the time of death can provide confirmation that an individual suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. The intent of the brain bank program is to study brains of persons clinically diagnosed with dementia and provide tissue for research after their deaths.

For Professionals

Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging (F4A)
http://www.n4a.org/
This site for the eleven Florida Area Agencies on Aging offers links to organizations, similar to Senior Resource Alliance, in other parts of the state.

Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging
http://fpeca.cbcs.usf.edu/
Part of the University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies, the Florida Policy Exchange Center collects data, conducts research and publishes reports on aging in Florida. Tremendous resource for aging professionals, but very little consumer information.

Florida Council on Aging (FCOA)
http://fcoa.org/
FCOA speaks out about older adults interests to legislators and the public. You can track the status of bills of interest to older adults. It also provides links to national and state aging resources.

Florida Assisted Living Affiliation (FALA)
http://www.falausa.com/
An organization for owners of assisted living facilities, FALA provides consumer information about the industry. Content covers costs, services and regulations pertaining to this level of care.