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Florida Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) provides assistance to seniors who are at risk for nursing home placement and who are not qualified to receive services from Medicaid. The goal of this program is to enable qualified seniors who require medical and / or personal care to remain living at home or in the community instead of receiving care in more expensive, Medicaid-funded nursing home residences.
Approximately 42,000 Florida seniors receive assistance under this program annually with services ranging from non-medical transportation assistance to personal care to adult day health care. Each approved service is intended specifically to allow the elderly to age safely in their homes. With this program, participants are able to self-direct some of their care, meaning they can hire the personal caregiver of their choosing. Family members, including spouses and adult children, may be paid to provide care.
To be eligible, individuals must be Florida residents and at least 60 years of age. They must have a functional impairment with which they require assistance. This includes the Activities of Daily Living, such as bathing, grooming, mobility, and toileting. This need for assistance is determined by an initial assessment during the application process, as well as a reassessment on an annual basis.
While there is no income limit for CCE, this program, this program has effective lower limits in that if the individual is eligible for Medicaid, they are not eligible for CCE. Florida's Medicaid eligibility limits are available here.
Program participants are required to pay a co-payment for the services they receive. Co-payments are based on a sliding scale. In past years, these fees have been from 1% to 3% of the senior’s income.
Special provisions of Florida laws prioritize this program for individuals who have been or are suspected of being the victims of financial, psychological, or physical elder abuse.
Under the CCE Program, a very wide variety of services and supports are available to the elderly. Note that program participants are asked to pay (a very affordable) co-payment for the assistance they receive. Assistance may include, but is not limited to, any of the following.
The Community Care for the Elderly program is mostly administered by the 11 Florida Area Agencies on Aging. However, in some counties, there are other lead agencies. A complete contact list is available here. Contact the agency in your area to apply. One can also contact the Elder Helpline for assistance at 1-800-963-5337.
There is also some limited additional information about the program on the Florida Department of Elder Affairs website.