DOEA CARES Unit
CARES (Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long Term Care Services) is a Statewide program administered by the Department of Elder Affairs
CARES is a federally mandated nursing home pre-admission assessment program. Persons who are applying for Medicaid nursing home care are assessed by either a CARES nurse or social worker, with medical review by a physician prior to approval.
Goals of the CARES Unit include:
CARES is the entry point for the Nursing Home Long-Term Care Diversion Program.
The Nursing Home Long-Term Care Diversion Program is a Medicaid Program designed for seniors who need help to remain at home or live in an assisted living facility. The program provides a wide range of services to make it easier for seniors to get the care needed to live independently in the community.
* You must be 65 years of age or older.
* You must have Medicare Part A & B.
* Your income and assets must meet the levels required to be in a nursing home under Medicaid.
* You must require some help or supervision with 5 activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, walking, toileting, eating, transferring
* You must be determined by the CARES Unit to be a person who, on the effective date of enrollment, can be safely served with home and community based services, in lieu of nursing home placement. This program is NOT designed to provide 24 hour care in the home.
PSA 5A - Pinellas County
PSA 5B - North Pinellas and Pasco Counties
To learn more about the DOEA CARES Unit or to locate the CARES Unit in another area of Florida see the DOEA web site page for the CARES Unit at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/english/cares.php.