Florida Resource Directory

As we age, it’s more important to get help in and out of the home. Government, non-profit, and organizational resources exist to help seniors feel empowered through maintaining their health, freedom, and wellbeing. Florida is well-known for being a great state for seniors – the warmth is ideal for many retirees and lax tax laws make it easier to enjoy your retirement as well. Find out what’s available for you with everything from financial and medical resources to caregiving and wellness.

Government Services for Seniors in Florida

Identifying your local offices for federal benefits is one of the first things you should do when moving to Florida for retirement or getting ready to retire as a long-time resident. Though we’ll cover even more government resources in this guide, your Social Security, Veterans Services and Elder Helpline are some of the most essential programs that will bring you supplemental income and ongoing benefits if you’re eligible.

Social Security Offices

The U.S Social Security Administration uses www.ssa.gov as its central website for all information, regardless of what state you’re living in. There, you’re able to view specific resources related to retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. The U.S Social Security Administration uses www.ssa.gov as its central website for all information, regardless of what state you’re living in. There, you’re able to view specific resources related to retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits.

The Social Security Administration currently operates in 46 cities throughout Florida, which you can view at https://www.ssofficelocation.com/florida-social-security-offices-sos9. We’ve listed some of the Florida’s top Social Security locations below. Keep in mind that some cities may have more than one location. For more information, call 1-800-772-1213.

N Florida

Jacksonville

1685 Dunn Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32218

Gainesville

4562 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609

W Florida

Clearwater

2340 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

Fort Myers

3650 Colonial Blvd
Forty Myers, FL 33966

S Florida

Boca Raton

621 NW 53 St.
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Key West

301 Simonton St.
Key West, FL 33040

Central Florida

Lake Mary

101 Commerce St.
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Orlando

5520 Gatlin Ave.
Orlando, FL 32812

State-Wide Veterans Services

According to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA), Florida is home to 1.5 million veterans. If you’ve served in the U.S military, you’re eligible for comprehensive assistance that includes nursing home placement, long-term benefits, medical assistance, and more.

The FDVA has three main locations for its headquarters, benefits and assistance division, an state capital Tallahassee offices. In each service that the FDVA provides, its mission is to deliver trusted, easy access to high-quality care, whether it’s through VA facilities, telehealth, or within local communities. Learn more at floridavets.org.

FDVA Headquarters and Executive Offices

11351 Ulmerton Rd. Suite 311-K

Largo, FL 33778

(727) 518-3202

FDVA Benefits and Assistance Division

9500 Bay Pines Blvd. Suite 214

Bay Pines, FL 33744

(727) 319-7440

FDVA Tallahassee Office

The Capitol, Suite 2105

400 South Monroe St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

(850) 487-1533

State Veterans’ Nursing Homes

If you’re in need of long-term senior care, you can access skilled nursing facilities or assisted living facilities through the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. See below for a comprehensive list of locations in Florida, or visit http://floridavets.org/locations/state-veterans-nursing-homes/ for more information.

N Florida

Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans’ Domiciliary Home

Assisted Living

751 SE Sycamore Terrace

Lake City, FL 32025

(386) 758-0600

Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home

Nursing Home

1920 Mason Avenue

Daytona Beach, FL 32117

(386) 274-3460

Clifford C. Sims State Veterans’ Nursing Home

Nursing Home

4419 Tram Road

Panama City, FL 32404

(850) 747-5401

S Florida

Alexander “Sandy” Nininger Veterans’ Nursing Home

Nursing Home

8401 West Cypress Dr.

Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

(954) 985-4824

W Florida

Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home

Nursing Home

6919 parkway Boulevard

Lando O’ Lakes, FL 34639

(813) 558-5000

E Florida

Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home

Nursing Home

4650 State Road 16

St. Augustine, FL 32092

(904) 940-2193

Veterans Crisis and Support Hotlines

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is available for seniors even in moments of crisis. If you’re considering suicide or in need of immediate mental health support, dial toll-free at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. For more information on the VA’s mental health resources, visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov.

If you’re looking for general support – whether it may be emotional, or if you’re in need of referrals to specific resources – call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or 211. Operators will assist you immediately to offer their help or point you in the right direction.

Veterans Assistance Healthcare and Medical Centers

One of the biggest benefits of government Veterans Assistance are the state-wide medical centers and healthcare that veterans are able to access. At each location, veterans are met with quality care and dedication to their overall wellbeing. Access medical care at the following healthcare and medical centers throughout Florida. For a full list of locations in Florida, visit the va.gov website.

Central Florida

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

1000 Bay Pines Blvd.

Bay Pines, FL 3374

(888) 820-0230
https://www.baypines.va.gov

Orlando VA Medical Center

13800 Veterans Way

Orlando, FL 32827

(800) 922-7521
https://www.orlando.va.gov/

W Florida

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital

13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33612

(888) 716-7787
https://www.tampa.va.gov/

N Florida

Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center

1601 SW Archer Rd.

Gainesville, FL 32608

(352) 376-1611
https://www.northflorida.va.gov/locations/gainesville.asp

Lake City VA Medical Center

619 South Marion Ave.

Lake City, FL 32025

(386) 755-3016
https://www.northflorida.va.gov/locations/gainesville.asp

S Florida

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

7305 North Military Trail

West Palm Beach, FL 33410

(800) 972-8262
https://www.westpalmbeach.va.gov/

Elder Services Helpline

The Elder Services Helpline is your one-stop shop for gaining information about all the state services and activities offered through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. You can call the statewide helpline at 1-800-955-8771, or find your county line online at the DOEA website.

Employment Assistance

In Florida, you can access help from both national and state-wide organizations dedicated to finding you employment when you’re facing low income or poor employment prospects.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program

The SCSEP is a program provided through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Its goal is to provide community service and job training for seniors over the age of 55 who are unemployed and low-income while also facing poor employment prospects. If you’re eligible to work with the SCSEP, you’ll be placed in part-time community service positions that help provide necessary job skills while providing minimum wage income until you’re ready to move up to a new job.

The SCSEP is located at Department of Elder Affairs headquarters at 4040 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32399. You can reach the SCSEP online at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/scsep.php or by calling (850) 414-2000. You’ll be matched with a local service provider in your county who will get you started with the application and enrollment process.

The SCSEP is also available at the federal level through the AARP Foundation. Similar to the state-wide programs, the AARP SCSEP matches eligible seniors aged 55+ with nonprofits and public agencies that help build job skills while providing minimum wage. Contact the AARP SCSEP online at https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/income/scsep/ or call toll-free at 1-800-775-6776 to find the location closest to you.

The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.

The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) is a nationwide organization dedicated to assisting African Americans age 50+ through all aspects of employment, health and wellness, and affordable housing. Eligible seniors can access employment training through the NCBA’s Senior Environmental Employment Program or Senior Community Service Employment Program.

Through SCSEP, seniors are provided job training when they face adverse situations where they’re unable to find employment or suffering from low income. This includes veterans, seniors over 65, disabled elders, low literacy, rural residents, current or at-risk for homelessness, and more.

Alternatively, with the SEE program skilled professionals aged 55+ are places in positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if they qualify for current job opportunities that include environmental support. Qualified applicants are assigned to one of five locations, including Gulf Breeze, Florida.

For more information about the NCBA, visit ncba-aging.org or call (202) 637-8400. For localized assistance, visit one of the NCBA’s two locations in Florida.

NCBA Milton

6055 Doctor’s Park Way

Milton, FL 32570

(850) 623-3046

NCBA Jacksonville

101 Century 21 Drive Suite 105 A

Jacksonville, FL 32216

(904) 900-5100

Financial Assistance

The Florida Department of Financial Services is a statewide agency broken out into 13 divisions dedicated to financial education, resources and services for Florida residents. This includes accounting and auditing, rehabilitation and liquidation, risk management, and more. Overall, the agency is designed to help Floridians make sound financial decisions and navigate daily financial pressure. At https://www.myfloridacfo.com/, you can navigate fraud, disaster preparation, insurance, and other essential resources.

The agency has more than 30 locations throughout Florida. See below for some of the top locations in the state. View more at https://www.myfloridacfo.com/FieldOfficeMap.htm or call the state-wide help line at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).

N Florida

Panama City

Division of Investigative and Forensic Services

2683 Jenks Ave

Panama City, FL 32405

Tallahassee

7 Divisions Represented

200 E Gaines St.

Tallahassee, FL 32301

Central Florida

Orlando

Divisions of Public Assistance Fraud and Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services

400 W Robinson St., Hurston Building Suite #N408

Orlando, FL 32801

W Florida

Fort Myers

Divisions of Investigative and Forensic Services and Public Assistance Fraud

4700 Terminal Dr.

Fort Myers, FL 33907

Sarasota

Division of Workers’ Compensation

1718 Main St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

E Florida

St. Augustine

Division of Workers’ Compensation

A1A South

St. Augustine, FL 32080

S Florida

Miami

4 Divisions Represented

401 NW 2nd Ave

Miami, FL 33128

West Palm Beach

4 Divisions Represented

400 N Congress Ave

West Palm Beach, FL 33403

Elder Law Practitioners

As a senior, you may also be able to get help from Certified Elder Law Practitioners. These lawyers have received specific training in senior-specific issues, such as estate planning, Medicare/Medicaid assistance, Veterans’ benefits, elder abuse, and more.

To find an Elder Law Attorney near you, search on the Florida Bar website at https://lrs.floridabar.org/ or call (850) 561-5600.

Consumer Counseling

Consumer Counseling helps keep you educated so you can make well-informed decisions regarding large financial transactions and insurance purchases. In Florida, you can gain consumer counseling through the Division of Consumer Services. They’ll help walk you through what to be aware of in today’s world, scams to avoid, and can provide additional educational resources in the form of guides and educational videos.

The Florida Division of Consumer Services is available at 200 East Gaines St., Tallahassee, FL 32399. Visit https://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/Consumers/ for more information or dial (877) 693-5236 for immediate assistance.

Tax Filing Assistance

Filing your taxes is never easy, but it can get increasingly difficult as a senior when you may be receiving financial assistance or long-term benefits from other agencies. In Florida, you can utilize three statewide agencies dedicated to assisting seniors with their tax preparation and filing.

AARP Tax-Aide

Tax Counseling for the Elderly is similar to the AARP Tax-Aide, with many TCE locations even facilitated by the AARP. However, the TCE is a government program that offers free tax assistance to seniors age 60+. Through TCE, you’ll be matched with IRS-certified volunteers who provide free assistance on income tax return preparation as well as electronic filing.

Check if you’re eligible for TCE’s assistance by visiting https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/722
Or call the program’s nationwide number at 1-800-906-9887.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, is offered through United Way Charities. Through the program, qualified taxpayers receive assistance with tax preparation and filing. These qualifications include low- to moderate-income residents, disabled residents, those with limited English, and rural residents.

To find out if you’re eligible and schedule an appointment, dial 211 during tax season or (352) 332-4636. Find out more at https://www.unitedwayncfl.org/VITA.

Paying For Medical Care

According to the Florida Hospital Association, nearly 50% of all hospital patients in 2017 were on Medicare, which is primarily used for those aged 65 or older. Of those patients using Medicare or Medicare Advantage, they spent $19.4 billion total in hospital finances.

Getting older is a reality of life but going broke from your hospital bills shouldn’t be a part of it. In Florida, there are a variety of programs you can turn to in order to make sure you have the best medical insurance for your life’s needs.

Health Insurance Counseling

Health Insurance Counseling can help you navigate the complications that are common to arise with Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance. .

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE)

SHINE is a free program offered through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Their mission is to help seniors navigate questions or issued related to medical insurance while providing supportive, unbiased assistance from a network of volunteers. SHINE locations are available throughout all counties in Florida, including the following locations below. For more information, visit http://www.floridashine.org/ or call (800) 963-5337. You can also view the full directory of locations by county here: http://www.floridashine.org/Counseling-Sites.aspx.

N Florida

Duval County

Bennie Furlong

281 S 19th Ave

Jacksonville, FL

Alachua County

Alachua County Senior Recreation Center

5701 NW 34th Blvd

Gainesville, FL

S Florida

Dade County

Alliance for Aging

760 NW 107 Avenue, Suite 201

Miami, FL

W Florida

Pinellas County

Advent Health Hospital
245 Curlew Place, Building E
Tarpon Springs, FL

Charlotte County

Englewood Charlotte Library
3450 N. Access Road
Englewood, FL

E Florida

Lucie County

An Answer to Care

6640 S US Highway 1

Port St. Lucie, FL

Central Florida

Orange County

Beardall Senior Center

800 Delaney Avenue

Orlando, FL

Polk County

Auburndale Public Library

100 W. Bridgers Ave.

Auburndale, FL

BenefitsCheckUp

BenefitsCheckUp is a quick, free way to enroll in both public and private benefits programs. Offered through the National Council on Aging, the online platform is easy to use and allows you to find the benefits that are best suited to your needs by filling out simple questionnaires. If qualified, the benefits it matches you to could help save you money on everything from prescriptions, utilities, taxes, nutrition, and more.

Florida Discount Drug Card

Utilizing the Florida Discount Drug Card program is a quick and easy way to help pay for your medical prescriptions in Florida. All Florida residents are eligible to enroll in the program for free, and the card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

For more information and to enroll online, visit https://www.floridadiscountdrugcard.com/. You can also enroll by phone at 1-866-341-8894.

Medicaid Programs

In the state of Florida, Medicaid eligibility is determined through the Department of Children and Families or the Social Security Administration if you’re receiving Social Security Income. For seniors, your eligibility will be determined by the DCF if you aren’t currently receiving SSI.

To apply for Medicaid, enroll easily and find more information at https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access/medicaid.shtml. Online, you’ll also be able to check your application status, report a change, or find your local DCF office. To enroll online or for customer support, call (850) 300-4323.

Medical Insurance Assistance

The Florida Retirement System offers a Florida Health Insurance Subsidy that can help minimize the cost of your health insurance premiums. If you’re eligible, retirees and their beneficiaries will receive a monthly benefit with a minimum of $30 and maximum of $150 per month.

The HIS eligibility requirements include retirement under the FRS Pension Plan, termination of employment, and certified health insurance coverage.

Learn more at https://www.myfrs.com/Health_Insurance_Subsidy.htm or call (866) 446-9377.

Caregiver and Guardianship Programs in Florida

Caregiving support for seniors and their beneficiaries is an essential resource to utilize as you age. These agencies and organizations throughout Florida are here to help seniors and their families to continue living happy, healthy lifestyles.

Caregiver Support

Caregiver support in Florida is offered through the Department of Elder Affairs. Through this comprehensive agency, you can access the National Family Caregiver Support Program, which helps caregivers under a variety of circumstances. Whether you’re a caregiver for elder relatives or for minor and disabled children, the program can help you with individualized counseling, respite care, and supplemental services. For more information, visit the National Family Caregiver Support Program page.

The Department of Elder Affairs also offers Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF). This program offers respite care for family members who are caring for older seniors or those living with Alzheimer’s and other health disorders. Through the program, caregivers are matched with a multigenerational corps of volunteers who are carefully screened and vetted to step in and provide quality care when it’s time for the primary caregiver to take a break. Learn more at the Elder Affairs RELIEF page or call (850) 414-2374.

Grandparents Raising Children Services

Grandfamilies Organization

If you’re a grandparent raising your grandchild or in the care and custody of any child, chances are you’ll need unique support. Grandfamilies is a nationwide organization that serves as a legal support for grandfamilies and their needs. The organization can provide everything from adoption assistance, care and custody, financial assistance, housing, and even healthcare. You can find more information about Grandfamilies and their support online at grandfamilies.org.

Relatives as Parents Program of Jacksonville

If you live in North Florida, you have access to the Relatives as Parents Program of Jacksonville. This is a unique local offering for caregivers that provides support programs and resources. The program is open to grandparents and other relative caregivers who are aged 55 or older and caring for children under 18. Specifically, the program is designed to help these caregivers resume healthy aging practices while still caring for their loved ones.

This program is offered through Aging True Community Senior Services. You can find more information online, or call (904) 807-1203. Aging True is located at 4250 Lakeside Dr. Suite 116, Jacksonville, FL 32210.

Adult Guardianship

Some seniors may be in the situation where they do not have adequate income or assets, yet they don’t have access to family or loved ones to help. For this situation, the Department of Elder Affairs offers their Office of Public & Professional Guardians (OPPG). This program will appoint guardianship services to anyone without adequate income or the assets to afford a private guardian.

The OPPG regulates about 550 guardians across the state of Florida through placement, investigation, and monitoring. Find more information through the Department of Elder Affairs or call (850) 414-2318.

Comprehensive Long-Term Adult Care in Florida

Long-term adult care is a necessary resource for most aging seniors. According to the Florida Health Care Association, the median annual cost for a room in a nursing center is around $89,000 to $100,000. For an assisted living facility, the median cost is $48,000. Medicare tends to cover 19% of all long-term care spending, while Medicaid covers about 60%.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

To get started finding the right long-term care for you, look to The Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The department administers programs and services for seniors through 11 Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state, which operate as Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). These ADRCs function as a single, coordinated system for information and access to services for any Floridians seeking long-term care resources. View several of the locations below, or find the full directory online at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/arc.php.

NW Florida

NW Florida Area Agency of Aging, Inc.

5090 Commerce Park Circle

Pensacola, FL 32505

(850) 494-7101
http://www.nwflaaa.org/

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County, Inc.

5300 Hiatus Rd.

Sunrise, FL 33351

(954) 745-9567
http://www.adrcbroward.org

E Florida

Senior Resource Alliance

988 Woodcock Rd.

Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 514-1800
http://www.seniorresourcealliance.org

N Florida

Area Agency on Aging for N Florida

2414 Mahan Dr.

Tallahassee, FL 32308

(850) 488-0055
http://www.seniorconnectioncenter.org/

Elder Options

100 SW 75th

Gainesville, FL 32607

(352) 378-6649
http://www.agingresources.org

SW Florida

Area Agency on Aging for SW Florida

15201 North Cleveland Ave.

North Ft. Myers, FL 33903

(239) 652-6900
http://www.aaaswfl.org

W Florida

Senior Connection Center, Inc.

8928 Brettany Way

Tampa, FL 33619

(813) 740-3888
http://www.seniorconnectioncenter.org/

Gulf Coast

Area Agency on Aging in Pasco-Pinellas

9549 Koger Blvd.

St. Petersburg, FL 33702

(727) 570-9696
http://www.agingcarefl.org

Adult Care Services

Adult Care Services can include everything from transportation and companionship to end-of-life care and support for elders with Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders.

Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program is offered through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to offer volunteer assistance with transportation to appointments, help shopping, meal prep, companionship, and more. The program can also provide respite care for senior caregivers. Overall, the program aims to boost beneficiaries’ sense of self-worth and confidence. View more information at the DOEA site or call (850) 414-2374. The program has five companion sites listed below.

SE Florida

Alzheimer’s Community Care Association

800 Northpoint Pkwy #101B

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

(561) 683-2700

S Florida

Palm County Division of Senior Services

810 Datura St. Suite 300

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 355-4750

Gulf Coast

Citrus County Department of Community Support Services

2804 Marc Knighton Ct. Box #4

Lecanto, FL 34461

(352) 527-5959

Central Florida

Marion Senior Services

1101 SW 20th

Ocala, FL 34474

(352) 620-3501

N Florida

City of Jacksonville

150 East 1st

Jacksonville, FL 32206

(904) 630-0995

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative and Memory Disorder Clinics

The Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative is for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s or similar memory disorders. Through the program, respite care is available for caregivers as well as case management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and counseling. These services can be accessed through the DOEA’s 11 Area Agencies on Aging, listed above. For more information, call (800) 963-5337.

Florida residents of any age who have a memory disorder are able to receive diagnostic evaluations and referral services through the 17 memory disorder clinics throughout the state. See several locations listed below, or visit the MDC directory for a full list of locations.

N Florida

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

4500 San Pablo Rd.

Jacksonville, FL 32224

(904) 953-2677

University of Florida

3009 SW Williston Rd.

Gainesville, FL 32608

(352) 294-5400

NW Florida

Sarasota Memorial

1515 Osprey Ave

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-7197

Lee Memorial

12600 Creekside Ln

Fort Myers, FL 33919

(239) 343-9220

S Florida

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Rd., Bldg AZ-79

Boca Raton, FL 33431

(561) 297-0502

University of South Florida

3515 E Fletcher Ave.

Tampa, FL 33613

(813) 974-3100

Mary’s Medical Center

901 Village Blvd., Ste 702

West Palm Beach, FL 33409

(561) 990-2135

Mary’s Medical Center

8756 Boynton Beach Blvd, Ste 2500

Boynton Beach, FL 33472

(561) 990-2135

Central Florida

Orlando Health Center for Aging

21 W Columbia St

Orlando, FL 32806

(321) 841-9700

AdventHealth Orlando

601 E Rollins St.

Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 392-9237

E Florida

East Central Florida

3661 S Babcock St.

Melbourne, FL 32901

(321) 434-7612

W Florida

Morton Plant

430 Morton Plant St., Suite 401

Clearwater, FL 33756

(727) 461-8635

Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES)

CARES is Florida’s federally mandated pre-admission screening program for nursing home applicants. Seniors who request Medicaid reimbursement for nursing facility placement or seek home and community-based services are required to undergo an assessment through CARES. The assessment will then determine medical eligibility for a variety of Medicaid programs and services. Learn more at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/cares.php.

Home Care for the Elderly (HCE Program)

The HCE Program supports Florida residents over the age of 60 living in any family-type arrangement within a private home as opposed to an institution or nursing home. Through the program, a basic subsidy is provided for support and maintenance, including some medical costs.

End-of-Life Care

End-of-Life Care is provided through a variety of organizations and agencies in Florida. Through the DOEA, you can view all agencies and find out which one is right for you and your family’s needs.

Community Care for the Elderly

Community Care for the Elderly is available through the Florida DOEA. Through this program, functionally impaired seniors are eligible to receive community-based services in an environment that suits their individual and financial needs. Service include counseling, escort, legal assistance, adult day care, respite, and more. The program is administered through the 52 Community Care for the Elderly lead agencies throughout the state. We’ve listed several locations below, but you can also view the full directory online. For more information, call the DOEA Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (5337).

NW Florida

Council on Aging of West Florida

875 Royce St.

Pensacola, FL 32504

(850) 432-1475
http://www.coawfla.org/

Walton County Council on Aging

454 W. Baldwin Ave.

DeFunkiak Springs, FL 32433

(850) 892-8165
http://www.co.walton.fl.us/

Elder Services of Oka Loosa County

207 Hospital Dr.

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

(850) 833-9165
http://www.elder-services.org/

SW Florida

Senior Friendship Centers

1888 Brother Geenen Way

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-2122
http://friendshipcenters.org/

Hope Connections

200 Second St.

Moore Haven, FL 33471

(863) 946-0366
http://www.hopehcs.org/

N Florida

ElderCare of Alachua County, Inc.

5701 NW 34th St.

Gainesville, FL 32653

(352) 265-9040
http://eldercare.ufhealth.org/

Suwanee River Economic Council, Inc.

1171 Nobles Ferry Rd., Bldg. 2

Live Oak, FL 32060-8463

(386) 362-4115
http://srecinc.org/

Columbia County Senior Services, Inc.

628 SE Allison Ct.

Lake City, FL 32025

(386) 755-0235
http://ccseniors.com/

S Florida

Broward County Elderly & Veterans Services

2995 N. Dixie Highway

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

(954) 357-6622
http://www.broward.org/HumanServices/ElderlyAndVeterans/Pages/Default.aspx

Gulf Coast

Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc.

12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Suite 200

Hudson, FL 34667

(727) 862-9291
http://caresfl.org/

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services

14041 lcot Blvd.

Clearwater, FL 33760

(727) 479-1800
https://gulfcoastjewishfamilyandcommunityservices.org/

NE Florida

Baker County Council on Aging

9264 Buck Starling Rd.

Macclenny, FL 32063

(904)259-2223
http://bakercoa.org/

Nassau County Council on Aging, Inc.

1367 South 18th St.

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(904) 261-0701
http://www.nassaucountycoa.org/

SE Florida

Senior Resource Association

694 14th St.

Vero Beach, FL 32960

(772) 569-0760
http://www.seniorresourceassociation.org/

Council on Aging of Martin County, Inc.

900 SE Salerno Rd.

Stuart, FL 34997

(772) 223-7800
http://www.kanecenter.org/

E Florida

Community Service Council of Brevard

3600 W. King St.

Cocoa, FL 32926

(321) 639-8770
http://www.agingmattersbrevard.org/

Seniors First

5395 L.B. Mcleod Rd.

Orlando, FL 32811

(407) 292-0177
http://www.seniorsfirstinc.org/

W Florida

Bay County Council on Aging, Inc.

1116 Frankford Ave.

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 769-3468
http://www.baycouncilonaging.org/

Calhoun County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.

16859 Cayson St. NE

Blountstown, FL 32424

(850) 674-4163
http://calhouncountyseniors.org/

Nu Hope Elder Care Services Inc.

6414 US Highway 27 South

Sebring, FL 33876

(863) 382-2134
http://www.nuhopeeldercare.com/

Seniors First, Inc.

1290 Golfview Ave., 4th Floor

Bartow, FL 33830

(863) 534-5320
http://www.seniorsfirst.inc.org/

Aging Services Department

601 E. Kennedy Blvd, 16th Floor

Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 272-5250
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/government/departments/aging

Long-Term Care Services

If you’re looking for all-inclusive long-term care through the state, Florida offers two different programs through the DOEA.

Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

Pace is for seniors who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid nursing home placement. The program provides comprehensive home and community-based services at a lower cost than traditional nursing home care. To enroll in the program, you must be 55 years or older, meet certain medical eligibility requirements, and be eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, or Medicaid only. There are four PACE providers throughout Florida that serve Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Miami-Dada, Palm Beach, and Pinellas county. Visit the PACE site for more information.

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program

For long-term care, some Florida residents can also access the SMMC program. Established in 2011, this program allows qualified Medicaid recipients to receive long-term care services from a long-term care managed care plan. Some of these services include adult companionship, hospice, medication management, occupational therapy, transportation, and more. View eligibility requirements and more at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/smmcltc.php.

Senior Charities

Like most states, Florida offers a variety of both nation- and state-wide charities dedicated to aiding seniors and meeting their needs.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities USA provides financial and support resourced for a variety of demographics, including seniors. Some of their efforts include affordable housing, integrated health, food and nutrition, advocacy, and disaster relief. The charity currently has 7 locations throughout Florida, listed below. For more information, visit https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

N Florida

Catholic Charities Bureau Diocese of Jacksonville

134 E Church St.

Jacksonville, FL 32202

(904) 899-5500

NW Florida

Catholic Charities of NW Florida

1000 W Garden St.

Pensacola, FL 32502

(850) 435-3516

S Florida

Catholic Charities Miami

1505 NE 26th

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

(305) 754-2444

Central Florida

Catholic Charities of Central Florida

1819 N Semoran Blvd

Orlando, FL 32807

(888) 658-2828

E Florida

Catholic Charities of Palm Beach

9995 N Military Trl

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

(561) 775-9560

W Florida

Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg

1213 16th N

St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-1313

People Helping People

People Helping People is a senior charity focused in Hernando County, Florida. It aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing food, education, training, and resources that aim to better those served. PHP is located at 1396 Kass Cir, Spring Hill, FL 24606 and can be reached at (352) 515-1663 for more information.

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services is a state-wide organization dedicated to working with the elderly and disabled. Specifically, for adults and the elderly, they offer guardianship services as well as AIDS care and education.

Seniors First

Seniors First works to improve the elderly’s overall quality of life in Florida. They do so by offering meal programs, in-home care, medical equipment, and guardianship. Seniors First is located in Orlando, Florida with a satellite location in Bartow, FL. For more information, call (407) 292-0177.

Volunteers in Services of the Elderly

Volunteers in Services of the Elderly, also known as VISTE, is designed to help frail seniors throughout Florida to remain safe and independent as they age in place inside their own homes. To be eligible for VISTE’s services, you must be 70 years old and live in one of the communities that VISTE serves, which are Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, and Ft. Meade, Florida. Once accepted to the program, you’re eligible to receive transportation, groceries, hot meals, and personal care boxes. Find out more by dialing (863) 284-0828.

Aged Inc.

Aged Inc. is another statewide non-profit dedicated to assisting seniors and the disabled to qualify for government benefits, reduce medication costs, and preserve their assets. Beneficiaries include seniors over the age of 65 who need help qualifying for government benefits. Aged, Inc. is located at 1607 Cherrywood Lane, Longwood, FL 32750. Find out more by calling (407) 682-4111.

Jewish Community Services of the Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast JFCS has been serving Florida for nearly 60 years. The agency is non-religious and serves to provide the vulnerable with empowerment and freedom. Through JFCS, more than 500 employees support children, adults and seniors in 40 Florida counties. Their services for seniors include community care, egret housing, counseling, homemaking and companionship, and substance abuse prevention. Gulf Coast JFCS is located at 14041 Icot Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760. The organization can be reached (727) 479-1800.

For the Love of Paws

For the Love of Paws is a Florida-based charity for seniors who are no longer able to care for their pets after being placed in a long-term care facility away from their home. The organization provides sanctuary and pet food so the seniors’ beloved pets are still well taken care of. For the Love of Paws is located at 12198 County Road 512, Fellsmere, FL 32958 and can be reached at (772) 539-2417.

Adult Protective Services in Florida

As we age, we may become more susceptible to situations that require our protection. For instance, memory disorders can cause seniors to get lost easily, and seniors are sometimes more vulnerable to crime.

Florida Silver Alert

The Florida Silver Alert is used to locate missing persons suffering from any type of memory disorder or intellectual deterioration. The alert is triggered when someone missing with this condition is also 60 years or older or deemed lacking the capacity to consent. A Silver Alert can be activated through the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at (888) 356-4774 .

Seniors vs. Crime Project

The Seniors vs. Crime Project is a non-profit organization offered through the Florida Attorney General. Its purpose is to reduce the victimization of senior citizens who may targeted for crimes and scams based on their age. The project provides educational and prevention programs for seniors while also seeking restitution during appropriate instances. For more information, dial (800) 203-3099.

Elder Abuse Prevention and Hotline

The state of Florida recognizes that elder abuse is a serious crime that cannot go ignored. The DOEA has developed an Elder Abuse Prevention Program as well as an Elder Abuse Hotline to keep seniors safe and provide protection immediately when it’s needed. The program is designed to help increase awareness of elder abuse through training and educational materials. If you or a loved one is facing elder abuse, call the hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

Services for Seniors Aging in Place in Florida

One option many seniors prefer as they age is to stay in the same home they love and feel comfortable in. With the right caregiving and home modifications, this is absolutely possible. Furthermore, there are many local, state and nationwide resources to take advantage of that can help you feel the most comfortable as you age in place.

Energy Assistance

The DOEA offers an Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP). EHEAP provides low-income households with at least one person over the age of 60 when they’re in need of help through an energy emergency. This may include lack of service due to a late bill, lack of fuel, or the receipt of a shut-off notice. If eligible, the program can provide one benefit per season, up to $600 per season. Find out more online or dial the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.

Fall Prevention

Falling is one of the leading cause of injuries among Floridians aged 65 or older. For this reason, Florida Health Falls Prevention exists to provide intervention programs that can prevent falls as well as a Violence and Injury Prevention program located at 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

Certified Aging in Place Specialists

In order to help seniors age in place successfully, the Certified Aging in Place Specialist Program gives contractors the education they need to remodel homes safely and efficiently. The program is offered through the National Association of Home Builders and teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills that contractors need. Seniors aging in place can look for contractors with a CAPS designation to ensure that they’re qualified to make essential modifications for safety and independence. Find out more through the NAHB online.

Housing Assistance

The Florida DOEA offers Senior Housing Assistance through information related to buying, selling, and renting homes. Online, you can access a variety of resources, including the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, and the Florida Senior Living Association.

Transportation Services

While you’re aging in place, gain assistance heading to your appointments, getting your groceries, or simply traveling from point A to point B.

Find a Ride Florida

Find a Ride Florida is an easy-to-use online directory of transportation service providers for all of Florida’s 67 counties. You can input your travel location and destination as well as the purpose of your trip to find the best options.

Volunteers in Motion

Volunteers in Motion serves Brevard County, Florida with life-sustaining transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies, and grocery stores. For more information, call (321) 635-7999.

Transerve

Senior Transerve also serves Brevard County, Florida by assisting seniors to their medical appointments, grocery shopping, and to visit loved ones. To qualify, seniors must be over 55 years old and capable of entering and exiting and vehicle by themselves. Contact (321) 806-3787 for more information.

Florida Senior Nutrition and Wellness

Maintaining your health as a senior is necessary to living a fulfilled, independent lifestyle. Throughout Florida, state and organizational resources exist to provide seniors with adequate exercise, nutrition, and recreation.

Congregate Meals

The Congregate Meal Site Program is administered through the Florida DOEA. Through 425 sites statewide, it offers nutritionally balanced meals, education, and nutrition risk screening for seniors and their spouses throughout the state. To qualify you must be 60 years or older. View the locations below or find a full list of Congregate Meal Sites online. For more information, call (850) 414-2000.

N Florida

Aging True Community Senior Services

4250 Lakeside Dr. Suite 116

Jacksonville, FL 32210

(904) 807-1203
https://www.agingtrue.org/programs-services/meal-services-for-seniors/

SE Florida

Broward County Congregate Meal Sites

ADRC Broward

(954) 745-9779
https://www.adrcbroward.org/mealsites.php

S Florida

Jewish Community Services

(305) 577-6550
https://jcsfl.org/programs/senior-meal-sites/

Catholic Charities of Miami

(305) 754-2444
https://www.ccadm.org

Food Banks

Food banks throughout Florida exist to provide those in need with free or reduced food so they’re able to maintain their nutrition and health.

Feeding Florida

Feeding Florida unites 12 Feeding America member food banks to provide food directly to individuals and communities in need. Find your location below or visit the Feeding Florida site for a full directory. You can also dial (855) 352-3663 for more information.

NE Florida

Feeding NE Florida

1116 Edgewood Ave. N, Units D/E

Jacksonville, Fl 32254

(904) 513-1333
https://www.feedingnefl.org/

S Florida

Feeding South Florida

2501 SW 32 Terrace

Pembroke Park, FL 33023

(954) 518-1818
https://feedingsouthflorida.org/

W Florida

Feeding Tampa Bay

4702 Transport Dr., Building 6

Tampa, FL 33605

(813) 254-1190
http://feedingtampabay.org/

Gulf Coast

Feeding the Gulf Coast

5709 Industrial Blvd

Milton, FL 32583

(850) 626-1332
https://www.feedingthegulfcoast.org/

Bread of the Mighty Food Bank

Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is located in Gainesville, Florida at 325 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville FL 32601. This food bank serves Gainesville seniors and greater Alachua by providing food on a monthly basis. Call (352) 336-0839 for more information.

All Faiths Food Bank

The All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank serving Sarasota and DeSoto counties in Florida. It is a certified member of Feeding America. This food bank has a distribution schedule, but you can reach its headquarters at 8171 Blaikie Court, Sarasota, FL 34240 or by calling (941) 379-6333.

Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves about 28,000 people per week throughout Southwest Florida. Including seniors, they also serve children, families, and veterans. The Fort Myers distribution center is located at 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL 33901, with a Collier County Center located at 3940 Prospect Ave., #101, Naples, FL 34101. Call (239) 334-7007 for more information.

First Step Food Bank

The First Step Food Bank serves Central Florida and Marion County through 44 partner agencies and 38 emergency food pantries. By working in partnership with local non-profit agencies, they’re able to distribute more than two million pounds of food products each year. The food bank is located at 4045 NE 36th Ave., Ocala, FL 34479, and they encourage to schedule an appointment at (352) 732-5500.

Second Harvest Food Bank

The Second Harvest Food Bank services 11 counties in the Big Bend, which have some of the highest levels of food insecurity in the U.S. There, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children are considered food insecure. See below for a sample of locations throughout the Florida. Find the full directory and more information online at https://fightinghunger.org/.

N Florida

Tallahassee

Innovation Baptist Church

2150 Belle Vue Way

Tallahassee, FL 32304

(414) 477-2771

N Florida

Steinhatchee

Sowers of the Seed

804 1st S

Steinhatchee, FL 32359

(850) 295-3787

N Florida

Madison

Fellowship Baptist Church

1997 NE Colin Kelly Hwy

Madison, FL 32340

(850) 973-6208

N Florida

Monticello

New Bethel AME Church

6496 Ashville Hwy

Monitcello, FL 32344

(850) 997-6929

N Florida

Crawfordville

Shady Sea Missionary Baptist Church

47 Shady Sea St.

Crawfordville, FL 32327

Treasure Coast Food Bank

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization serving Florida’s Treasure Coast. It’s also the only food bank within the region they serve, which includes Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties. The food bank is located at 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34947 and can be contacted at (772) 489-3034.

Senior Recreation and Fitness

Florida’s Senior Centers

Florida’s Senior Centers are offered through the DOEA and provide programs focused on senior physical and mental health, social wellbeing, nutrition, education, and recreation. There are currently 260 senior centers throughout Florida and are operated by a variety of organizations – both non-profit and private. View some of the senior centers by region below, or visit the Senior Centers page for more information.

N Florida

Tallahassee Senior Center

1400 N. Monroe St.

Tallahassee, FL 32303

(850) 891-4000

S Florida

The Volen Center

1515 West Palmetto Park Road

Boca Raton, FL 33486

(561) 395-8920

E Florida

Coastal Community Services

1800 Marine St.

St. Augustine, FL 32092

(904) 209-3700

W Florida

Sunshine Senior Center

330 5th N

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 893-7190

Senior Friendship Center of Sarasota

1888 Brother Geenen Way

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-2122

UF Health

UF Health is located in North Florida at the University of Florida. The campus offers a senior recreation center at 5701 NW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32653 that’s open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, you can call at (352) 265-9040.

City of Clermont Arts and Recreation

The City of Clermont Arts and Recreation offers senior programs that include social activities, fitness classes, discussion groups, lectures, field trips, and more. It’s located at 3700 Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34711 in Central Florida. Call (352) 394-3500 for more information.

Miami-Dade Parks’ Active Older Adults

In South Florida, seniors in Miami-Dade County can access the Miami-Dade Parks’ Active Older Adults Program. Through this program, seniors 55 and older are offered fitness, leisure, and social activities to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Visit 275 NW 2nd Street, Miami, FL 33128 or call (305) 755-7800 for more information.

St. Petersburg Parks & Rec

On Florida’s Gulf Coast, seniors in St. Petersburg have access to adult and senior programs through St. Petersburg Parks and Rec. These programs include education, exercise, entertainment and activities that increase overall quality of life. Visit http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/adultprograms/ for a list of participating locations in the area, or call (727) 893-7441.

Winter Springs Senior Center

In East Florida, seniors are able to access the Senior Springs Senior Center. There, seniors have their choice of daily programs that include art, exercise, and games. Visit the senior center at 400 N Edgemon Ave., Winter Springs, FL 32708 or call (407) 327-6554.

YMCA & YWCA

Both the YMCA and YWCA offer senior-specific programs for both men and women. On either site, you can find the locations nearest you and see the specific programs that are offered there. For more information, call your location through the online directory.

Meal Delivery Services

Meals on Wheels America is a nationwide meal delivery service dedicated to making it easy and affordable for seniors to enjoy hot, fresh meals delivered straight to their doorstep. Find the location nearest you listed below or visit the Meals on Wheels site for more location options.

S Florida

Meals on Wheels South Florida

451 N State Rd 7

Plantation, FL 33317

https://www.mowsoflo.org/

W Florida

Meals on Wheels of Tampa

550 W. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa, FL 33603

https://mowtampa.org/

Central Florida

Meals on Wheels, Etc.

2801 S. Financial Ct.

Sanford, FL. 32773

(407) 333-8877
https://mealsetc.org/

Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches

(561) 802-6979
http://www.mealsonwheelspalmbeaches.org/