STATE PROFILE: Florida

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A State Profile of Home Modification Activities

Welcome to the Florida State Profile Page! This page features a sample of survey and research results from a comprehensive review of state and local home modification activities across the country. It has a special focus on the aging population and the efforts of the aging network (State Units on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, and Native American aging service programs that are funded by the Older Americans Act Title VI) as well as other governmental agencies and programs.

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SPOTLIGHT ON STATE LEVEL HOME MODIFICATION ACTIVITIES

This section shares information that demonstrates the need for home modification in this state and highlights some of the state’s important home modification efforts, policies, and funding sources.

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SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL HOME MODIFICATION EFFORTS

How are agencies across the country responding to their communities’ home modification needs? Read about stand-out home modification efforts of the aging network as well as local agencies in this state.

Check back as new updates will be posted periodically! Have any changes or additions? Please contact homemods@usc.edu

SPOTLIGHT ON STATE LEVEL HOME MODIFICATION ACTIVITIES

Home Modification and Repairs for Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for State Units on Aging: This report by the USC Fall Prevention Center of Excellence and ADvancing States reports on a national survey

DEPARTMENT OF ELDER AFFAIRS STATE OF FLORIDA (State Unit on Aging)

State Units on Aging (SUAs) are designated state-level agencies that develop and administer state plans that advocate for and provide assistance, including home modifications or repairs, to older residents, their families, and adults with physical disabilities. SUAs administer funds, including Older Americans Act funds, which may be used to support home modification or repair services through local Area Agencies on Aging and other state and local entities. Program(s) with home modification or repairs include:

1. Area Agency on Aging Fall Prevention and Home Modification Programs
Through the 11 Area Agencies on Aging in Florida, the SUA administers home modification programs via fall prevention programs with health and wellness coordinators.
2. Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) 
Program Description: This program provides community-based services to enable older adults with functional impairments to live dignified and independent lives in their own homes, or in the homes of relatives or caregivers, for as long as possible. Services can include minor emergency home repair.
Population Served: Individuals age 60 and older and functionally impaired, as determined by an initial comprehensive assessment and annual reassessments.

3. Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) Program 
Program Description: The HCE program supports care for Floridians age 60 and older in family-type living arrangements within private homes as an alternative to institutional or nursing home care. Subsidies are provided that may cover ramps and home accessibility modifications.
Population Served: Individuals age 60 and older who have an income less than the Institutional Care Program standard, are at risk of nursing home placement, and have an approved adult caregiver living with them who is willing and able to provide care or help arrange for care.

4. Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program (SMMC) 
Program Description: The Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program delivers long-term care services from the Florida Medicaid Program through two programs: 1) the Long-term Care Managed Care Program; and 2) the Managed Medical Assistance Program. The Department of Elder Affairs is responsible for these federal programs through an interagency agreement with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Medicaid recipients who qualify and become enrolled in SMMC LTC receive long-term care services from a long-term care managed care plan. Participants may receive home accessibility adaptation services based on medical necessity or necessity to avoid institutionalization (e.g., installation of ramps and grab-bars, widening of doorways, modification of bathroom facilities, or installation of specialized electric and plumbing systems to accommodate the medical equipment and supplies which are necessary for the welfare of the enrollee).
Population Served: Florida residents age 65 and over eligible for Medicaid or age 18 and over who are eligible for Medicaid due to a disability.

FLORIDA STATE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Florida’s Assistive Technology Program, FAAST, Inc.
The State Assistive Technology Grant Program, funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, supports comprehensive, statewide programs in each state that improve the provision of assistive technology (often home modification-related) to individuals with disabilities of all ages.

FLORIDA STATE FALL PREVENTION COALITION

Florida Falls Prevention Coalition
For an up to date list of all state fall prevention coalitions, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/resources/list-of-state-falls-prevention-coalitions/

SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL HOME MODIFICATION EFFORTS

1. To locate the Area Agency on Aging in your state, please contact Eldercare Locator at https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

2. Data Brief: Building Community Capacity to Serve Older Adults: The Role of Area Agencies on Aging in Home Modifications and Repairs
This Data Brief highlights key findings from the 2019 National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging on how Area Agencies on Aging are providing and funding home modification and repair activities. It was developed by the USC Fall Prevention Center of Excellence in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging as part of the Administration for Community Living project, “Promoting Aging in Place by Enhancing Access to Home Modifications.”

3. Featured Efforts:

A Matter of Balance
Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
West Palm Beach, Florida
The Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. offers the evidence-based fall prevention program, A Matter of Balance. This educational program is targeted to older adults who are concerned about falling, have fallen in the past, or have restricted activities due to fear of falling. Topics include conducting safety checks of the home and the Agency provides a home assessment checklist for participants.

Housing Program: ADA and Special Needs
Seminole Tribe of Florida: Housing Department
Hollywood, Florida

The Seminole Tribe of Florida Housing Department has several programs focused on maintaining safe and sustainable housing in the communities of the Seminole Tribe. This includes services that address Tribal members with special needs related to supportive housing by providing new or retrofitted accessibility and accommodations.

Minor Home Repairs
Area Agency of Broward County
Sunrise, Florida
The Area Agency of Broward County’s Minor Home Repair program targets low-income older homeowners over the age of 60. Services include carpentry, plumbing, electrical and other minor repairs that preserve the health and safety of clients.

This page is brought to you by the project, “Promoting Aging in Place by Enhancing Access to Home Modifications,” supported, in part, by grant number HHS-2018-ACL-AOA-HMOD-0308 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.