Resources

DCF – Medicaid provides medical coverage to low-income individuals and families including long-term care services in a nursing home or community setting.

FL Agency for Health Care Administration Public Record Search– searchable index of Inspection Reports and Statements of Deficiencies for health care providers.

Gulf Coast Legal Services is a regional non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, personal legal advocacy, counseling and education for vulnerable individuals and families.

Manatee County Aging Network Senior Service Directory is a source of information on goods and services for Manatee County’s older adults, their families, and professionals who assist them.

Manatee County Caregiver Forum holds an annual event called The Circle of Care. This event provides caregivers with valuable information regarding community resources while also providing relief from their daily responsibilities to help them continue their important role as a caregiver.

Manatee County Senior Advocacy Council offers financial assistance with personal emergency response systems, medically necessary dental expenses, and medically necessary durable medical equipment.

Meals On Wheels Plus of Manatee operates many programs including The Food Bank of Manatee, Senior Wheels, and Adult Day Services.

Medicare Plan Finder – find and compare Medicare Health Plans, Prescription Drug Plans, and Medigap Policies in your area.

Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.

Senior Connection Center, Inc. – the Elder Helpline can provide you with information and referral assistance on program and services available to meet your needs.

Special Needs Registry is designed to assist residents of Manatee County who will require transportation or sheltering assistance when the citizen is notified to evacuate their residence because of a storm.

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and your local Area Agency on Aging. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. SHINE services are free, unbiased, and confidential.

Tidewell Hospice – As Manatee County’s only local, not-for-profit hospice, Tidewell focuses on quality of life when quantity is no longer possible.

VA Community Resources – Manatee Office is an important link in helping Veterans and their dependents obtain the earned benefits they so greatly deserve.