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The Alzheimer's Disease Initiative (ADI) is a statewide program that provides a variety of education and support services for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. The objective of the program is not limited to providing support for individuals, rather a portion of the funding is also allocated towards research, experimentation and policy. The patient-focused services, most relevant to families, include respite care (both in-home and faculty based) and Alzheimer's day care. These are offered in-home and in adult day care centers. Also offered is a unique program known as Extended Respite that allows for up to 30 consecutive days of respite care in which a loved one goes into a residential memory care community.
In addition to being a Florida resident, individuals cannot be living in a skilled nursing residence, assisted living facility, or a board and care home. They must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, dementia or related memory disorder. Related memory disorders include Pick’s disease (Frontotemporal dementia or FTD), Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Lewy Body Disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
No information regarding financial eligibility for assistance was available. However, one can safely assume that the majority of services provided under Florida ADI are provided regardless of the financial status of the Alzheimer's patient or their caregivers.
Clients MAY NOT be dually enrolled in the ADI program and a Medicaid funded long-term care program
The Alzheimer's Disease Initiative supports patients in memory disorder centers which are located regionally. These clinics specialize in the testing, diagnosis, treatment and research on the debilitating brain disease. In addition to the previously mentioned respite care and 30 day extended respite, the ADI offers families the following services:
This ADI Program is administered by Florida's Department of Elder Affairs and managed by the local Area Agencies on Aging. Services are provided at 15 Memory Clinics throughout the state. Click here for a map and contact information or call 800-963-5337. You can also learn more about this program here.