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October 27, 2017
Governor Scott Issues Statement on DOAH’s Recent Ruling on the Emergency Generator Rule
Statement

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

Click here for Submitted Waivers

Click here for Submitted Plans

November 14, 2017
Governor Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future Budget to Support Florida Elders and Families

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott’s 2018-19 Securing Florida’s Future budget recommends $12.5 million for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to serve more than 1,100 elders in need, invest in programs that support Florida families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and make necessary changes to outdated technology that will enable Florida’s Aging Network better serve seniors and their caregivers.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida is proud that so many elders are choosing to call our state home and we are fully committed to providing them with the services and support they need. These important investments are essential to helping our elders remain healthy, safe, and independent so they, and their families, can continue to enjoy our great state.”

Press Release

November 14, 2017
Gov. Scott: The Securing Florida’s Future Budget Makes Historic Investments and Cuts Taxes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott visited Northern Tool + Equipment in Jacksonville to announce his Securing Florida’s Future budget which proposes $180 million in tax cuts to help Florida families. The Governor’s recommended budget also invests record funding in Florida’s education system, transportation, and environmental protection while continuing to support law enforcement and keep Florida’s economy growing.

Press Release

November 13, 2017
Gov. Scott Announces $178 Million Investment for Florida’s Active Military, Veterans and Their Families

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will propose $178 million in total funding to support active military, veterans and their families in Florida as part of his 2018-2019 recommended budget. He also announced his support for a proposal being considered by the Constitution Revision Commission to provide free tuition to the families of fallen first responders, state law enforcement officers and military members who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The proposal provides 120 credit hours per family at a Florida state college, university or participating technical school. Each family would be entitled to one four-year degree. If passed by the CRC, the proposal will be on the ballot in 2018 and would require approval of 60 percent of Florida voters. The CRC proposal, P 49, was filed by Commissioner Emery Gainey and can be found HERE.

Press Release

November 13, 2017
AHCA and DOEA Announce New Permanent Generator Rules Have Been Filed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) filed new rule language with the Department of State to create permanent nursing home and assisted living facility rules. See attached rules. Governor Scott called on AHCA and DOEA to begin the permanent rule making process in October to ensure that the life-saving measures included in the emergency rules were permanently codified. This action follows emergency rules for both nursing homes and assisted living facilities that requires facilities to obtain ample resources, including a generator and the appropriate amount of fuel, to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage. The current emergency rule remains in effect.

AHCA Secretary Justin Senior said, “Following the implementation of the emergency rule on September 16, our Agency began the permanent rule making process to establish standards that would be used to ensure the health and safety of all patients in nursing homes who experience prolonged periods without power. Our goal with the permanent rule is to safeguard Florida’s most vulnerable populations who reside in nursing homes. We strongly believe that this rule will provide a safe environment and prevent tragic situations. As always, our goal with this rule is compliance and we will work to aggressively implement this new rule to protect vulnerable Floridians.”

Rule 59A-4.1265, Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes does the following:

  • · Requires nursing homes to have an alternative power source, such as a generator, installed and maintained to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage.
  • · Clarifies that if there is a conflicting local ordinance restricting the maximum amount of fuel storage allowed, then the facility shall maintain the maximum amount allowable by the local ordinance or code.
  • · Requires that air temperatures not exceed 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • · Clarifies the area within the facility where the required temperatures are to be maintained.
  • · Clarifies that piped natural gas is an allowable fuel source under this rule.
  • · Specifies that the local emergency management agency shall post the approved facility emergency power plans on its website within 10 days of the plan’s approval.
  • · Requires that facilities notify families and legal representatives of patients once they submit their emergency plans to local emergency management agencies.

Rule 58A-5.036, Emergency Environmental Control for Assisted Living Facilities does the following:

  • · Requires nursing homes to have an alternative power source, such as a generator, installed and maintained to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage.
  • · Clarifies that if there is a conflicting local ordinance restricting the maximum amount of fuel storage allowed, then the facility shall maintain the maximum amount allowable by the local ordinance or code.
  • · Requires that air temperatures not exceed 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • · Clarifies the area within the facility where the required temperatures are to be maintained.
  • · Clarifies that piped natural gas is an allowable fuel source under this rule.
  • · Requires that facilities notify families and legal representatives of patients once they submit their emergency plans to local emergency management agencies.

DOEA Secretary Jeffrey Bragg said, “This permanent rule is aimed at saving lives. We will continue to enforce these rules and keep the public informed.”

The AHCA has a rule hearing scheduled for December 5, 2017 which will allow for additional public comments.


Rule 58A -5.036: Emergency Environmental Control for Assisted Living Facilities | Rule 59A-4.1265, Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes

November 13, 2017
1,250 Assisted Living Facilities Have Not Responded to Requirements in the Department of Elder Affairs Rule

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Secretary Jeffrey Bragg released an updated number of 1,250 assisted living facilities (ALFs) who have not yet responded to requirements in Emergency Rule 58AER17-1. By October 31, all assisted living facilities were required to submit a detailed emergency power plan to DOEA or apply for a waiver. Noncompliant facilities will be subjected to the fine of $1,000 per day or license revocation beginning November 15 if they fail to come into compliance by the deadline.
Secretary Bragg said, “We are working very hard to update our information about nonresponsive facilities. We did hear from some ALFs who should not have been on the list, and we immediately went to work to verify the information and correct our list where appropriate. In doing so, however, we have found that the number of nonresponsive facilities actually increased, and we continue to work with facilities to help them follow the guidelines laid out in the rule.”

In a press release published November 8, 2017, the Department announced that 1,186 facilities had not yet responded. The release included a disclaimer that if a facility believed that it was on the list in error to email the Department at the ALF Rule Comment email address provided so that staff could review the information, identify any discrepancies, and amend the list where appropriate. Several individuals have contacted the Department in other ways despite these instructions, which has made the process of accurately updating the list very difficult.

If you are listed below and believe that you have already submitted information responsive to the rule, please resend your Emergency Power Plan (EPP) or Waiver Request to ALFRuleComment@elderaffairs.org. You MUST include your ALF License Number and Facility Name in the subject line to ensure accurate data reporting. Please do not fax, mail, call, or email to any other state agency, department, or other DOEA personnel. The Department will continue to update this list as more information is provided by the facilities, and will be posting the updated information on our website at www.elderaffairs.org. Please note that any facility that was responsive to the requirements laid out in the rule will not be assessed the $1,000 fine.
Press Release

November 8, 2017
1,186 Assisted Living Facilities Have Not Responded to Requirements in the Department of Elder Affairs Rule

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Secretary Jeffrey Bragg announced that 1,186 assisted living facilities have not responded to requirements in Emergency Rule 58AER17-1. By October 31, all assisted living facilities were required to submit a detailed plan to DOEA or apply for a waiver. These facilities will be subjected to the fine of $1,000 per day or license revocation beginning November 15 if they fail to come into compliance by the deadline.
Secretary Bragg said, “Anyone who ignores this rule is potentially endangering the lives of the residents whose safety and well-being they are charged with protecting. The Department will continue to tirelessly pursue the implementation of this important rule to ensure that our most vulnerable loved ones residing in assisted living facilities are protected during and after emergency events.”
Facilities who have not yet responded to the Emergency Rule*
*If you believe you are on this list in error, please contact ALFRuleComment@elderaffairs.org
Press Release

November 2, 2017
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Proclamation

October 26, 2017
DOEA and AARP Announce Partnership to Make Florida Communities More Age-Friendly
Press Release

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
Proclamation

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

Proclamation

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
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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
Proclamation

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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