Family Care Navigator

The DMV is required to investigate the self-reported conditions, reports received from law enforcement, and medical professionals. However, there are no direct regulations on mandatory report for individuals with cognitive impairments. 

License renewal occurs every 6 years. 

(850) 617-2000

General Information & Assistance

Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov) was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. Eight years after its initial launch, GovBenefits.gov underwent a major redesign and became Benefits.gov. However, the program's mission remains the same: reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

N/A

Caregiver Eligibility:

N/A

Benefits.gov is unable to respond to specific scenarios or provide personalized advice. A number of Other Resources and Frequently Asked Questions are available to help answer any questions you may have about government programs, benefits, and services.

For additional government information, you may call USA.gov's National Contact Center at 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, to speak to an information specialist.

AAAs offer aging services including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP).

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local AAA call the Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

Services & Policies for Family Caregivers

Government program assists older adults with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease by helping to pay for home and community based services including:
- Care management
- In-home care
- Respite
- Wondering alarm system
- Caregiver training

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 60 and older
- Adults with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone caring for someone who meets care receiver criteria

Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

FCSP services for family caregivers are provided through local area agencies on aging (AAAs) and include:
- Information
- Assistance
- Individual counseling, support groups and caregiver training
- Respite care
- Limited supplemental services, such as transportation and home modifications

Care Recipient Eligibility:

- Anyone age 60 or older
Exception:
- Adults with dementia can be any age

Caregiver Eligibility:

- Anyone age 18 or older caring for someone who meets care receiver eligibility
Special Populations:
- Adults age 55 or older who are caring for anyone (that is not their child) over 18 years old with developmental disabilities
- Grandparents or other relatives age 55 or older caring for children (age 18 and under)

To be connected to your local AAA call the Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

State System of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

 
Caregiver Assessment in Medicaid HCBS Waiver Program Yes
At Least One State Program with Consumer-Directed Option for Family Caregivers Yes
Lifespan Respite Grant Yes
State Respite Coalition Yes

 

Workplace Benefits for Family Caregivers

 
Paid Family Leave No
Unemployment Insurance for Family Caregivers No
Paid Sick Days No
Preemptive Law Prohibiting local Governments from Establishing the Right Sick Leave Yes

 

Miscellaneous Statewide Programs, Regulations and Legislation

 
State Alzheimer’s Plan Yes
Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction (UAGPPJA) No
State Policy Permitting Delegation of 16 Nursing Tasks No
CARE Act*

No

* The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act enables family caregivers to provide safe and effective home care to older adults. In particular, it supports family caregivers when their loved ones are admitted to the hospital, and helps them to learn how to safely provide care at home once their loved ones are discharged from a medical facility.

While the finer points of the CARE Act vary from state to state, it contains three central provisions in every version nationwide:

  1. The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital or rehabilitation facility.
  2. The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
  3. The hospital or rehabilitation facility must provide an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks—such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers—that the family caregiver will perform at home.

Offers in-home respite to caregivers of frail elders and adults with Alzheimer's disease.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Frail older adults and adults with Alzheimer's disease

Caregiver Eligibility:

Caregivers of frail older adults and adults with Alzheimer's disease

Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337
(850) 414-2000

Joe's Club, Day Care Program:
(321) 253-4430

Provides home and community-based services as an alternative to institutional care for adults who require nursing level of care. Services include:
- Care management
- In-home care
- Adult day care
- Respite

*Consumer Directed Care Plus is an option of this program which allows care receivers to hire a relative or friend to provide the care they need.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 60 and older OR disabled adults age 18 to 59
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)
- Require nursing level of care
- At risk of institutionalization

Caregiver Eligibility:

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Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

Services for Care Recipients Living at Home

Government program assists older adults with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease by helping to pay for home and community based services including:
- Care management
- In-home care
- Respite
- Wondering alarm system
- Caregiver training

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 60 and older
- Adults with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone caring for someone who meets care receiver criteria

Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

Provides a list of Adult Day Care Facilities that are members of the Association.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(877) 342-3858

AAAs offer aging services including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP).

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local AAA call the Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

A network of non-profit, non-residential, community-based centers, run and controlled by persons with disabilities that offer:
- Information and Referral
- Peer counseling
- Care management
- Independent living skills training
- Individual and systems change advocacy
- Benefits counseling
- Employment readiness training
- Housing referrals
- Assistive technology services
- Legal aid

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults with any type of disability

Caregiver Eligibility:

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Toll Free:
(866) 575-6004

(850) 575-6004

This state department helps residents of Florida with disabilities to obtain and retain employment. It provides information and referral services for independent living.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Individuals with any type of disability

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

Voice and TDD:
(800) 451-4327

Voice and TDD:
(850) 245-3399

A non-profit organization representing Florida's Hospice programs. Website includes online directory of hospice agencies.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Consumer Hotline:
(800) 282-6560 or (850) 878-2632

Member Services:
(877) 783-1922

PACE programs in Florida coordinate and provide the entire continuum of care and services to their older enrollees with chronic care needs to enable them to continue living safely in the community as long as possible. Care and services include:
- Adult day health care
- Medical care
- Home health care and personal care
- All necessary prescription drugs
- Social services
- Respite care
- Hospital and nursing home care when necessary

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 55 or older
- Certified or certifiable for placement in a nursing facility
- Live within a site's service area and able to live safely in the community at time of enrollment

* If not eligible for Medicare and/or Medicaid, private payment is accepted
*Space is limited

Caregiver Eligibility:

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Florida PACE Centers, Inc.
Miami, Florida
5200 NE 2nd Avenue
33137-2706
(305) 751-7223

Hope Select Care
2668 Winkler Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 985-6400 #8206
(866) 659-7223 #8206

An online directory of services including:
- Home care services
- Geriatric care management
- Legal services
- Financial services

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

___

Provides home and community-based services as an alternative to institutional care for adults who require nursing level of care. Services include:
- Care management
- In-home care
- Adult day care
- Respite

*Consumer Directed Care Plus is an option of this program which allows care receivers to hire a relative or friend to provide the care they need.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 60 and older OR disabled adults age 18 to 59
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)
- Require nursing level of care
- At risk of institutionalization

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

Resources on Living Arrangements for Care Recipients

Government program assists low-income adults who require nursing level of care remain in an assisted living facility instead of a nursing home by helping to pay for support services including:
- Care management
- Personal attendant
- Transportation
- Companion services
- Nursing care
- Environment adaptations
- Recreation services
- Incontinence supplies

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Multiple requirements:
- Adults age 60 and over
- Low income (Medicaid eligible)
- At risk of nursing home placement
- Need significant help with activities of daily living
OR
Need specialized service/care due to chronic or degenerative disease unavailable in current assisted living facility
OR
- Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia

Caregiver Eligibility:

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(850) 488-4257
(866) 273-2273

An online clearinghouse of information for affordable assisted living facilities in Florida. Includes find-a-facility search tool.

*Please see website for definition of affordable

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Dept. of Elder Affairs:
(850) 414-2165

AAAs offer aging services including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP).

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local AAA call the Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

A non-profit organization representing Florida's Hospice programs. Website includes online directory of hospice agencies.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Consumer Hotline:
(800) 282-6560 or (850) 878-2632

Member Services:
(877) 783-1922

Online directory of nursing homes in Florida. Includes tips on how to choose a nursing home and other useful information.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

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Government Health & Disability Programs

AAAs offer aging services including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP).

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local AAA call the Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

Provides Florida's aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential and medical care and services. The VA also helps veterans and their families to present claims for veterans' benefits to the federal government.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Veterans who are residents of Florida

Caregiver Eligibility:

Family members of a veteran

(850) 487-1533

For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at (800) 273-8255.

In Spanish:
(727) 319-7427

Medicaid is a health insurance for people with limited income and resources. It pays for a variety of medical services, including home health care, hospice, and nursing home care.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Must be low-income - based on specific government criteria

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

(866) 762-2237

Assists individuals and families with eligibility questions and problems related to Medicare, including prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, managed care, long-term care planning, health insurance and other health care issues.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Medicare beneficiary

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Call the Elder Helpline and ask to speak with a SHINE counselor:
(800) 963 5337

Legal Help & Advocacy

Provides legal advice and representation to Broward County residents aged 60 and older. No specific financial eligibility requirements. Legal advice and representation in the following areas: Housing, health and public benefits, consumer issues, abuse and exploitation, and naturalization.

(954) 736-2400

Assists individuals over the age of 60 with various elder law issues--pro bono practice is available for qualifying clients. 

(386) 255-6573

Senior legal services for low income individuals, elderly, and victims of domestic abuse. Other services include lawyer referral services for elder law practitioners.

(888) 895-7873

Adult Protective Services assist vulnerable and elder adults to stop and prevent abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Anyone can make a report about suspected abuse to the Hotline.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 or older and adults with disabilities

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(800) 962-2873
TTY : (800) 453-5145

AAAs offer aging services including:
- Information and assistance
- Care management
- Nutrition services (i.e., Meals on Wheels)
- Legal assistance
- Services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP).

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

To be connected to your local AAA call the Florida Elder Helpline:
(800) 963-5337

Nonprofit pro bono legal assistance agency providing advice, representation, and resources for qualifying low income residents of Florida. 

(850) 385-7900

Legal aid for: Advance health care directives, elder abuse, elders caring for children of others, grandparent visitation, guardianship, wills, Medicaid/Medicare, POA, probate, and social security. 

(904) 356-8371

Elder advocacy division provides legal assistance to individuals over 60 years of age. Areas of assistance include: Elder abuse, social security, Medicare, housing, special assistance, and grandparent visitation. 

(800) 403-9353

Providing legal aid in areas of: Naturalization cases, SSI benefits, custodial agreements, healthcare, and other employment and government benefits.

(305) 576-0080

Volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice, or full representation to senior citizens in various areas of law. Some examples are: Assistance with wills, estate planning, probate, POA, and health care directives. 

(850) 385-9007

Ombudsmen investigate complaints made by, or on behalf of, individual residents in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, residential care facilities for the elderly, and assisted living facilities. They also answer questions about the quality of care or financial, physical, or mental abuse in residential facilities.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Resident of a long-term care facility in Florida

Caregiver Eligibility:

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(888) 831-0404
(850) 414-2323

Offers free consultation on legal issues and referrals to community resources to address legal questions regarding senior housing options , health care, elder law, employment, advance directives and many other issues.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Adults age 60 or older

Caregiver Eligibility:

___

(850) 414-2000

Assists individuals and families with eligibility questions and problems related to Medicare, including prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, managed care, long-term care planning, health insurance and other health care issues.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Medicare beneficiary

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

Call the Elder Helpline and ask to speak with a SHINE counselor:
(800) 963 5337

Providing free advice and representation on civil legal matters to Hillsborough and Pasco county residents aged 60 and over. Services include: Advance planning, caregiver advocacy, consumer protection, family law, health care rights, housing and income preservation. 

(800) 625-2257


 

Elder law services cover a broad area of legal issues including: Preparation of simple wills, POA, advanced health directives, public benefits, and family law issues.

(866) 256-8091

Disease-Specific Organizations

Caregivers, survivors, and medical professionals are provided a wide range of services such as social, educational, and emotional support. 

For a complete list of location, please visit the American Stroke Association.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

1(800) 242-8721

The BIAF provides a wide range of services for adults living with a brain injury and families. 

Programs offered

-Financial assistance 

-Support group

-Camp TBI caregiver series

-Legal services

-Educational material (for adults living with a brain injury, family, and caregiver)

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

(800) 992-3442

The Parkinson's Foundation of Florida provides support, education, and fitness groups for adults living with Parkinson's disease, family members, and caregivers.


 

Care Recipient Eligibility:

Anyone

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone

1(800) 473-4636

The Institute is a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence at the University of South Florida that provides compassionate family-centered patient care, performs cutting edge research and delivers quality public and professional education.

Care Recipient Eligibility:

patients who are demonstrating signs of memory loss, dementia or early stage Alzheimer's disease.

Caregiver Eligibility:

anyone providing care for someone with memory loss.

Clinic Appointments: (813) 974-4355

Reception: (813) 396-0606

Toll Free:: (800) 633-4563

Caregiver Compensation

The Home Care for the Elderly program is a non-Medicaid program that provides compensation directly to the caregiver to assist in helping support low-income elderly loved ones in their homes. Caregivers can be family members, but it is not a requirement. Payments are dispersed two ways: Basic Payments are intended to assist with food, clothing, and medical costs while the Special Payment is intended to assist in the costs of necessary medical services, like equipment and/or nursing homes. 

Care Recipient Eligibility:

 

-At risk for nursing home placement

-Be 60+ years of age

-Low income (Recipients of any of the following programs are automatically financially eligible: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), or Specified Low-income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB))

Caregiver Eligibility:

Adult who lives in home with the care recipient 

Florida Elder Helpline: 1-800-963-5337

The Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program is a Medicaid program designed to assist the needs of elderly residents. SMMC LTC provides participant direction, meaning, the care recipient can pick and choose their personal care provider- often times a family member- who can then be compensated. Depending on participant eligibility, the program also provides: non-emergency transportation, assisted living, adult day care, caregiver training, case management, medication administration, respite care, hospice, home delivered meals, medical equipment and supplies, etc.. 

Care Recipient Eligibility:

 

- Legal Florida resident

- 65 years of age, or, between 18 and 64 years old and designated as disabled by the Social Security Administration

- In need of “nursing facility level of care”

- Be Medicaid eligible, if not already on it (please call the Elder Helpline for more specific financial eligibility)

Caregiver Eligibility:

Anyone- including family members, spouses, and adult children

Florida Elder Helpline toll free: 800-963-5337