Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)
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.
This state site explains about Medicaid, what it covers and how to find out if you are eligible for coverage.
Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Program [SMMC LTCP]
The Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program (SMMC LTCP) can provide home and community-based services to Medicaid recipients who qualify. This program can provide assistance with bathing, cleaning, meals, companionship, therapies, and more. Services are available based on medical necessity, or they must be necessary in order to delay or prevent nursing facility placement.
Managed care is a term for the process of how health care organizations manage the way their enrollees receive health care services. Plans are available based on a person’s region, and managed care organizations work with different health care providers to offer quality health care services to ensure enrollees have access to the health care providers they need.
Individuals that meet the following criteria are eligible to receive services under SMMC LTC:
- Age 65 and over and eligible for Medicaid
- Age 18 and over and eligible for Medicaid by reason of a disability
- Be determined by the Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) unit at the Department of Elder Affairs to be at nursing home level of care and meet one or more established clinical criteria.
- For more information about the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care program, please visit the LTC website at: http://ahca.myflorida.com/Medicaid/statewide_mc/smmc_ltc.shtml
To be screened for the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long Term Care or other programs that provide assistance, please contact us via the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) or by contact our agency at 407-514-1800.
State of Florida Information
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
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
This nonprofit organization provides information about guardianship. Guardians tend to the affairs of people judged incompetent to manage their own lives.
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
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
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.
Florida Long-term Care Ombudsman Program
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 Brain Bank Research Program
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.
Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging (F4A)
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
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)
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)
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.
Council on Aging of Volusia County
A service provider in Volusia County, operating senior centers, a Respite Care program, Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood Dining, In-home and personal care, light homemaking, Guardianship, Information and Referral, and transportation services.
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.
A gambling addiction extends beyond the gambler. Family members and friends are often severely impacted by the gambler’s behaviors and activities. Gambling among older adults is on the rise, largely due to the availability and accessibility of options in the state. When gambling becomes a problem among seniors, it can be particularly challenging since it occurs at a time in a person’s life when recouping financial losses can be very difficult, if not impossible. For many seniors, gambling is an escape from boredom brought about by an increase of unstructured time after retirement, or following the death of a spouse or other loved one. For many years, the FCCG has played an instrumental role in convening experts within the elder service community to address issues related to senior gambling. In addition to a national think tank, prevalence study, and other research initiatives undertaken by the FCCG, in cooperation with others, the Agency developed a Toolkit, which is free educational material, that enables senior service providers to present the topic of gambling and older adults effectively and creatively. Help is available and gambling addiction can be treated if recognized. If you need assistance, contact our 24 hour, confidential Helpline 888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848) for resources and support.