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Hurricane Irma


September 2017
Assisted Living Facilities Emergency Rule 58AER17-2 - Click Here
Assisted Living Facilities Emergency Rule 58AER17-1 - Click Here

Rule Waiver / Variance Question and Answer Sheet
Nursing Home Rule 59AER17-1 – Assisted Living Facility Rule 58AER17-1 County Emergency Management Agency Questions and Answers – October 10, 2017
Nursing Home Rule 59AER17-1 – Assisted Living Facility Rule 58AER17-1 Questions and Answers - September 21, 2017 (revisions 10/10/17)

Click here for Submitted Waivers

Attention Small Business Owners: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by the Governor of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma.

This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by the storm. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. http://www.floridadisasterloan.org/

October 16, 2017
October is Guardianship Awareness Month

Hundreds of public and professional guardians and thousands of family guardians in Florida provide vital resources to our citizens. For more information, click here. | Resolution

October 11, 2017
Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Investigating Hurricane Surcharge to Residents at Long-Term Care Facilities

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) has launched an investigation after receiving complaints that the HarborChase chain of assisted living facilities across the state is charging a special surcharge to all residents in the amount of $350 following Hurricane Irma.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms, a surcharge placed on residents of facilities,” said State Ombudsman Mike Milliken. “When residents enter an assisted living facility, they sign a contract stating that they will be provided with a set of standard services, including on-site staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as meals and activities. These services must be provided rain or shine, hurricane or no hurricane. Residents should not be charged for services the facility would otherwise provide.”

Press Release

September 28, 2017
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Employ Older Workers Week Proclamation

September 26, 2017

DCF, USDA Provides $133 Million In Food Assistance To Replace Food Destroyed By Hurricane Irma Impacts

TALLAHASSEE - The State of Florida, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this week provided $133 million in Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for current food assistance recipients in areas most severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. On September 15, DCF received a waiver of regulations from the USDA to make the mass benefit replacement possible.
Read more here

September 26, 2017

DCF Provides Guidance For Those Applying For Disaster SNAP

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in 48 counties to assist victims of Hurricane Irma. Details on local Food for Florida sites will be posted on the Food for Florida website as they become available. Food for Florida pre-registration will be available on the Food for Florida website and open for people in need of food assistance in eligible counties through October 30. Food for Florida sites in Pinellas, Bradford, Union, Alachua, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus counties will open next week. Individuals who lived or worked in these counties can pre-register beginning today at 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration for other eligible counties will be available prior to the local sites opening. Individuals, families, and authorized representatives that pre-register must still visit a Food for Florida site, listed on the Food for Florida website, to be interviewed. Individuals may also apply at the Food for Florida site locations without pre-registering. You must have a valid Florida Driver License or Florida Identification card. DCF To Initiate Disaster SNAP Food Assistance Program In 48 Counties
For more information, visit the Food for Florida website. https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/

September 21, 2017
DOEA & DOH Recognize Falls Prevention Awareness Day; Governor issues proclamation

Education events and webinars are scheduled beginning Sep. 21 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Press Release | Proclamation | Register for Sep. 21 Webinar | Register for Sep. 29 Webinar

September 19, 2017
National Task Group Sponsored Education and Training

Registration for the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) training, to be held in October at the Department’s headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, is now open and can be found at this web page: https://aadmd.org/index.php?q=ntg/schedule. This training has two tracks: a two-day Basic Workshop on Monday and Tuesday, October 23 and 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, which covers the basics of understanding dementia in adults with intellectual disabilities, and a three-day "Train-the-Trainer" Workshop on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 23, 24, and 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, which is for those wishing to become an Affiliated NTG Regional Trainer.

September 16, 2017
Notice of Emergency Rule - Click Here

September 7, 2017
USDA Food Safety Content for Hurricanes and Older Adults

With Hurricane Irma heading our direction, and Hurricane Jose close behind, we would like to remind everyone about the importance of food safety during and after a storm. Hurricanes can cause flooding and power outages that can affect the safety of the food supply for storm-damaged areas. Keeping in mind that older adults are at an increased risk for food-borne illnesses makes food safety a topic we cannot afford to ignore.
Food Safety Before, During After a Power Outage” infographic
A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes

September 6, 2017
DOEA Shares Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders - English
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders - Spanish

August 30, 2017
Governor Scott Issues proclamation for Senior Center Month in Florida

August 23, 2017
Florida Crossroads Documentary Highlights Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Communities of Color

When it Happens to You: Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida. The second part of this documentary series focuses on Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias in communities of color in Florida. African Americans and Hispanics have been found to develop dementia at higher rates than Caucasians but are less likely to seek early diagnoses. Supportive care and cure programs throughout the state assist in breaking down the stigmas and barriers individuals with dementia and their loved ones may experience while promoting supportive services for caregivers and their loved ones. DOEA’s Dementia Care and Cure Initiative aims to continue breaking down those barriers by promoting awareness of dementia and the programs that encourage the care of those with dementia. Find more information about the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative here.
Watch the video here

August 14, 2017
Tallahassee Memorial Memory Disorder clinic is featured in a three part Documentary done by Florida Crossroads.

When it Happens to You: Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida. The first part of the series focuses on the importance of early detection and encouraging those to seek a full evaluation at the first warning signs. Early detection can be beneficial getting you access to available treatments, developing your care team, advance care planning for your health care decisions and finances. It also touches on the importance of incorporating exercise, socialization, and healthy eating into your lifestyle.
Watch the video here

June 15, 2017
Department of Elder Affairs Recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day

TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to help build safer communities for Florida’s 5.2 million seniors, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) encourages all Floridians to educate themselves about elder abuse and how to report any suspicion or knowledge of elder abuse, while also working to end all forms of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Press Release

June 12, 2017
Governor Scott Issues proclamation observing June 15th as Elder Abuse Awareness Day


May 25, 2017
Gov. Scott Signs Legislation to Cut $180 Million in Taxes for Floridians

This includes $32.7 million in cuts for low-income Floridians and Florida seniors. More here.

May 5, 2017
Elder Affairs Secretary Jeffrey Bragg Confirmed by Florida Senate

Today, the full Senate voted favorably for the confirmation of Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeffrey S. Bragg. Secretary Bragg has served as Secretary since September 2016. Click here for more information on Secretary Bragg.

May 1, 2017
DOEA Marks Older Americans Month 2017
older American Month Banner
More information available here

April 3, 2017
The Summary of Programs and Services has been updated to provide the public and the Legislature with the most up-to-date information about programs and services for Florida’s elders.

April 1, 2017
Governor Scott issues proclamation for Volunteer Month in Florida

March 24, 2017
Governor Scott Fights to Cut Fees for Florida Seniors
See fact sheet

March 23, 2017
Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida to Host Florida Senior Day

Tallahassee: On Wednesday, March 29, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and United Way of Florida will host Florida Senior Day, an annual celebration that will bring more than 1,500 elders and advocates from across Florida to Tallahassee to honor the many contributions of Florida seniors. “Florida’s 5.2 million elders are a treasure to our state, and we are thrilled to host Florida Senior Day for the 17th year to honor them,” said Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeff Bragg. “We have a day of celebration, entertainment, awareness, and advocacy planned, and we are thankful for such great partners who will be on-site to share resources and information for all of our guests.”
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February 8, 2017
Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About The Florida Department Of Elder Affairs Office Of Inspector General

Tallahassee: A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive April 4, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Department of Elder Affairs Office of Inspector General’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement and investigative practitioners from similar agencies and will review written/electronic materials and interview individuals within the investigative unit to determine compliance with approximately 46 standards. The Department of Elder Affairs Office of Inspector General has to comply with these standards in order to receive and maintain accredited status.
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January 31, 2017
Governor Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget Fights to Expand Services to Florida Elders

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott’s 2017-18 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget recommends $315.5 million for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to reduce waitlists for frail elders in need of services, expand programs that protect impoverished elders needing guardianship, and assist individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Press Release

January 4, 2017
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Twelve to Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of one and the appointment of eleven to the Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council. Dottie Peoples, of Navarre, is the former executive director of the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging. She succeeds Neil Davis and is appointed for a term beginning January 4, 2017, and ending September 30, 2017.
Press Release

January 3, 2017
DOEA Consumer Resource Guide

An updated Consumer Resource Guide is now available. This guide, developed for elders and their families, contains practical health and aging-related information along with contact information for organizations and agencies that can provide additional assistance.
Consumer Resource Guide 8th Edition

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