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~ Ronald Reagan

Federal Older Americans Act (OAA):

Title III B

Provides supportive services to enhance the well-being of elders and to help them live independently in their home environment and the community.

Title III C1

Provides congregate meals and nutrition education in strategically located centers such as schools, churches, community centers, senior centers, and other public or private facilities where persons may receive other social and rehabilitative services.

Title III C2

Provides home-delivered meals and nutrition education to homebound individuals.

Title III D

Provides disease prevention and health promotion evidence-based services. These services are designed to help elders age 60 and older through education and implementation activities that support and promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors. The disease prevention and health promotion programs help to attract younger seniors through innovative fitness programs, health technology, and healthy aging screenings.

 Title III E

Provides services through the National Family Caregiver Support Program to assist families caring for frail older members and to assist grandparents or older relatives who are caregivers for children 18 and younger or for children of any age who have disabilities.

National Family Caregiver Support Program

National Family Caregiver Support Program services are available to adult family members who provide in-home and community care for a person age 60 or older, or to grandparents and relatives age 55 and older who serve as caregivers for children 18 and younger or for children of any age who have disabilities.

Information & Referral/Assistance (I&R/A)

Information & Referral/Assistance (I&R/A) is a service for older individuals and persons with disabilities that provides current information on opportunities and services available within their communities, including information relating to assistive technology. I&R/A services are provided through our Elder Helpline. Individuals and community agencies seeking accurate, unbiased information about federal, state, or local social and health services can access AAASWFL Elder Helpline at: 1-866-413-5337 or by calling the Statewide Florida’s Elder Helpline information and referral toll free 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337).

Elder Abuse Prevention Program

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The Elder Abuse Prevention program is designed to increase awareness of the problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The program includes training and dissemination of elder abuse prevention materials and funds special projects to provide training and prevention activities.

The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP)

assists low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency.

A home energy emergency may result from a delinquent utility bill, lack of fuel or wood or the receipt of a shut off notice. Payments are for home heating or cooling and other emergency energy-related costs during the heating (October-March) and cooling (April-September) seasons. Eligible households may be provided one benefit per season, up to $600 per season. To be eligible for assistance, households must have:

  • A documented heating or cooling emergency,
  • At least one individual age 60 or older in the home, and
  • A gross household annual income equal to or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

State of Florida General Revenue Programs:

These programs provide a wide variety of home and community-based services for elders, including adult day care, caregiver training and support, case management, congregate meals, counseling, education/training, home-delivered meals, personal care, respite, and transportation.

Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)

Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) program provides community-based services organized in a continuum of care to help functionally impaired elders live in the least restrictive yet most cost-effective environment suitable to their needs. Individuals must be age 60 or older and functionally impaired, as determined by an initial comprehensive assessment and annual reassessments.

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI)

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI) provides a continuum of services to meet the changing needs of individuals with, and families affected by, Alzheimer’s disease and similar memory disorders. ADI respite care is available for caregivers of adults age 18 and older who have been diagnosed as having probable Alzheimer’s disease or other related memory disorders. Respite care is available for individuals who have been diagnosed with or suspected of having a memory loss where mental changes appear and interfere with the activities of daily living.

Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)

Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) program supports care for Floridians age 60 and older in family-type living arrangements within private homes as an alternative to institutional or nursing home care. A basic subsidy is provided for support and maintenance of the elder, including some medical costs. A special subsidy may also be provided for services and/or supplies.

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)

Through a statewide network of trained volunteer counselors, the Program provides the only source of free, personal, unbiased, and confidential Medicare-related counseling assistance for Florida’s Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers. Counseling and other services are provided at counseling sites, via telephone, and over the internet.

In addition to counseling, SHINE has a strong community education and outreach component. Volunteers make educational presentations on Medicare and health insurance issues to a variety of community groups and disseminate information at numerous health and senior fairs throughout the state. Education and outreach efforts focus on health promotion, consumer protection, and beneficiary rights.

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Other Programs:

The Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) Program

Serves Veterans of any age who are determined by the Veterans Administration to be at risk of institutional placement. Veterans manage their own flexible spending budgets for their personal care services – deciding for themselves what mix of goods and services will best meet their needs, hiring and supervising their own workers, including family and friends, and purchasing items or services that will help them live more independently.  As part of this program, Veterans and their caregiver have more access, choice and control over their long term care services. This approach is known as “participant direction”.

Medicaid Long Term Care (SMMC – LTC)

Medicaid is the medical assistance program that provides access to health care for low-income families and individuals.  Medicaid also assists aged and disabled people with the costs of nursing facility care and other medical expenses.  In Florida the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is responsible for Medicaid and is currently in the process of implementing the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program.

The Florida Medicaid program has implemented a new system through which Medicaid recipients will receive long-term care services. This program is called the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care Program.