The department administers services through a network of 11 nonprofit Area Agencies on Aging. These agencies advocate, plan, fund, and coordinate programs and services for individuals within their regions, known as Planning and Service Areas. Each area agency is funded with federal, state, and local resources and is managed at the local level. Each area agency enters into contracts with service providers to provide community-based care. Programs administered through contracts with Area Agencies on Aging and other entities include Community Care for the Elderly, Home Care for the Elderly, and Older Americans Act programs.
In addition, each area agency is a designated as an Aging and Disability Resource Center. These resource centers provide a single, coordinated system of information and access for all adults seeking long-term care resources, including information about state and federal benefits, as well as available local programs and services .
The department directly administers the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Office of Public & Professional Guardians, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE), Medicaid Long-Term Care Services, PACE, CARES, and Livable Florida.
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Protection from Elder Exploitation. Chapter 2021-221, Laws of Florida, prohibits a person convicted of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or aggravated manslaughter from serving as a personal representative or inheriting from the victim's estate or trust, and expands the definition of exploitation to include a breach of fiduciary duty resulting in a kickback or receipt of improper benefit.
Eldercaring Coordinator Dispute Resolution. Chapter 2021-67, Laws of Florida, creates an alternative dispute resolution process for people above age 60 allowing the court to appoint an eldercaring coordinator in disputes impacting an elder's safety and autonomy. The scope of the coordinator's authority must be defined by the court, and coordinators must meet a minimum standard of qualification, including a background check. Minimum training and licensure requirements are to be defined by the Florida Supreme Court.
A complete list of OPPAGA reports pertaining to the department is available on our website.
State Plan on Aging Federal Fiscal Years 2021-2024, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, September 2020.
Assessing the Needs of Elder Floridians, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, August 2016.
Consumer Resource Guide, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 2018.
Profiles of Older Floridians, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 2018.
Reports, Department of Elder Affairs.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Community Resource Directory
National Care Planning Council, Guide to Long-Term Care Planning
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Caregiver Resources and Long-Term Care
U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging
The Florida Accountability Contract Tracking System (FACTS) provides access to department contract and purchase order information on its website.