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Senior Services

Employment and Training


Career Central
Career Central provides support with all aspects of employment search and training. Many organizations and agencies work together with Career Central to connect job seekers with employment and training opportunities. For more details call 352-200-3020 or visit their website .

RSVP
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over, offering a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations.  For more information call 352-796-8117 and visit the website.


Experience Works (SCSEP)
Senior Community Service Employment Program
SCSEP is a program operated by the U.S. Department of Labor that serves individuals with low incomes who are 55 and over and have limited employment prospects. Eligible individuals are placed in paying, part-time, community service assignments in not-for-profit organizations or governmental entities with a goal of transitioning to unsubsidized employment. For more information call the local office in the Career Central building at 352-200-3042 and visit the website

Older Worker Program (SCSEP)
Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation (FIWI) SCSEP is a program operated by the U.S. Department of Labor  hat serves individuals with low incomes who are 55 and over and have limited employment prospects. Eligible individuals are placed in paying, part-time, community service assignments in not-for-profit organizations or governmental entities with a goal of transitioning to unsubsidized employment. For more information, please call 352-244-5142 and visit the website.

AARP
Provides information on working after retirement and job hunting in addition to other helpful information and resources.


Employ Florida Marketplace
This page contains links to information that is of interest to older workers and retired seniors.


Crisis Intervention & Safety


The Florida Adult Services Program
A division of the Florida Department of Children and Families is dedicated to protecting vulnerable adults from further abuse, neglect, or exploitation and enabling disabled adults to remain in the community. 352-860-5083.

Dawn Center
Elder abuse is any act that results in harm to the welfare or health of an elderly person. The Dawn Center cares and is committed to stopping domestic violence in every area of our community. For more information contact 686-8759. For free counseling call 799-0657.

Care Line
A program established for the security and well being of those living alone who would like daily contact with someone who cares. To participate in this program, request an application from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, (352) 754-6830, ext. 300.

Safety Phones for Seniors
Enhances the safety of senior crime victims and seniors at-risk from becoming victims of crime with the use and access of 911 through cell phones. To participate in this program, contact the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, (352) 754-6830, ext. 315.

Mid-Florida Community Services
Community Care for The Elderly

This state funded program provides a community-based service, which offers an alternative to nursing home or institutional care. To qualify for the various services, the client must be 60 years of age or over and be functionally impaired. Fees are assessed on a sliding scale basis, dependent on individual income and current expenses. In many cases, no fee is assessed. However contributions are welcomed. Service provided includes Case Management, Emergency Alert Response, Home Delivered Meals, Homemaker Service, Personal Care, and Respite. 352-796-1425

Safe Return Program
Alzheimer's Association Safe Return is a nationwide identification, support and enrollment program that provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost locally or far from home. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 1-888-572-8566 www.alz.org/safereturn 


Senior Nutrition/Community Activities

Enrichment Center
The Enrichment Centers serve the community residents who are 55 years and older, or  individuals with special needs. The Center is a focal point of health information and community services, as well as a means for an individual to socialize and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Call 597-6331 for more information.

Home Delivered Meals
Mid-Florida Community Services offer this federally funded service of the Older American Act Title III Program for persons 60 years of age or over. The most needy of our community will be given priority for this service. There is no fee for the service, but all contributions are very much appreciated. For more information call 796-1425.

Congregate Meals
Mid-Florida Community Services offer this federally funded service of the Older American Act Title III Program for persons 60 years of age or over. The most needy of our community will be given priority for the service. There is no fee for the service, but all contributions are very much appreciated. For more information and to reserve a meal call 796-1425.

Meal Sites

Brooksville Dining Site at Oak Hill Enrichment Center
(open weekdays from 9:00am until 4:00pm)
670 South Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601
South Brooksville Dining Center
841 School Street, Brooksville, FL 34601
Ridge Manor Community Center Dining Site
34240 Cortez Blvd, Ridge Manor, FL 3352
Spring Hill Dining Site at Oak Hill Enrichment Center
(open weekdays from 9:00am until 4:00pm)
11375 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613


Seniors in the Park
An activity that allows seniors to listen to speakers on health related topics that concern seniors. Seniors are also able to socialize with other seniors in a beautiful park setting. Snacks, coffee & juice provided. Pre-Registration required. This resource is made possible by Oak Hill Hospital, Hernando County Recreation, Hernando Today & Pepsi. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 597-6333.



Programs for Older Adults


Mid-Florida Community Services, Inc. is a local not-for-profit agency that provides a variety of social services to the elderly. Call 796-1425 for information and assistance with the following:

  • Alzheimer's Disease Respite
  • Homemaking
  • Personal Care
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Emergency Home Energy Assistance
  • Nutrition and Supportive Services
  • Older Worker Training Program
  • Transportation
  • Rent, Prescription and Food Vouchers

Alzheimers Association
The State of Florida currently funds 13 Memory Disorder Clinics that provide  comprehensive assessments, diagnostic services, and treatment to individuals who exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders. The clinics develop training programs and materials and conduct training for caregivers, respite service providers and health care professionals in the care of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related memory disorders. Memory Disorder Clinics are also responsible for conducting  applied research that is service-related and selected in conjunction with the Department of Elder Affairs. Clinics are established at medical schools, teaching hospitals, and public and private not-for-profit hospitals throughout the state in accordance with F.S., Chapter
430.502. Listed below is the memory disorder clinic located in your area.

The Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is part of a national  voluntary health agency dedicated to providing education programs and support services to people affected by Alzheimer's disease in the Florida Counties of Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardy, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Polk, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota and Sumter.

Local Information:
HERNANDO, PASCO, CITRUS & SUMTER COUNTIES
4108 Lamson Avenue
Spring Hill, FL 34608
352-688-4537

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (S.H.I.N.E.)
The S.H.I.N.E. Program provides elders and their caregivers with information and unbiased health insurance counseling. Through a network of trained volunteer counselors, assistance is provided regarding Medicare, Prescription Assistance, Long-Term Care Insurance, Medicaid, and a variety of other health insurance issues.

For more information, please visit the SHINE program online at http://www.floridashine.org/ or call 1-800-963-5337.

     Site Name Address Day Time
  Brooksville Enrichment Center 17222 Hospital Blvd.,
Medical Arts Building #120
Brooksville FL
Thurs 11am-12pm
  East Hernando Library 6457 Windmere Rd Wed
Ridge Manor FL
By appointment only
  Hernando City Mining Association  800 John Grubbs Blvd. Wed 
Enrichment Center Brooksville FL
By appointment only
  Spring Hill Enrichment Center 10441 Quality Dr
Spring Hill FL
Thurs 11am-12pm


Florida's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
A volunteer based organization seeking to improve the quality of life of vulnerable elders  who live in long-term care settings, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult facility care homes. For more information call 1-888-831-0404 or visit the website.

Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long Term Care Services (CARES)
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, and medically reviewed by a physician prior to approval. The office listed services Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Lake and Marion Counties.
3B CARES Office
1515 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Suite 203
Ocala, Fl 34470
(352) 620-3457

 

Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors
A program launched by The National Council on Patient Information and Education, a non-profit coalition of more than 100 organizations working to improve communication on the appropriate use of medicines has a national education awareness campaign to promote safe and appropriate medicine use among America’s older adults. For more information about the program and safely using medicines visit the MUST for Seniors website at www.mustforsenior.org  or call  (301)-340-3940 .
 

Seniors EyeCare Program
Ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. The program raises awareness about age-related eye disease, including cataracts, provides free eye care educational material and facilitates access to eye care at no out-of pocket cost. The program is designed for people who are US citizens or legal residents, are age 65 and older, have not seen an ophthalmologist in three (3) years or more, and do not belong to an HMO or the VA. Call the toll-free helpline 800-222-3937 to request free eye care educational materials and determine if they qualify for care from one of EyeCare America’s 7,500+ volunteer ophthalmologists nationwide.

Florida Long Term Ombudsman ombudsman.myflorida.com

Alzheimer Association www.alz.org/flgulfcoast

Alzheimer Family Organization
A voluntary based health organization dedicated to providing support services, educational programs, and assistance to those people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and their family. Please call 1-888-496-8004 or visit their website at www.alzheimersfamily.org

Elder Options
A non-profit organization that serves as the Aging Resource Center for Mid-Florida. The resource center provides information on program that can help older people remain active and independent. Their mission is to empower elders, their families and caregivers to make informed choices about aging in place with dignity, purpose and security. For more information contact the Elder helpline 1-800-963-5337 or visit their website at www.agingresources.org

Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging  www.mfaaa.org/services.aspx

Department of Elder Affairs elderaffairs.state.fl.us/index.php


Department of Elder Affairs

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is the agency constitutionally designated by
Florida voters to "serve as the primary state agency" responsible for administering human
services programs for the elderly, (Section 430.03 Florida Statutes). Its purpose is to
serve elders in all aspects possible, ways to help them keep their self-sufficiency and self-
determination.

Other Helpful Links
Agency for Health Care Administration http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/index.shtml
Volunteers in HealthCare http://www.volunteersinhealthcare.org/home.htm
Administration on Aging http://www.aoa.gov/
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation http://aspe.hhs.gov/_/index.cfm
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services http://www.cms.hhs.gov/
Florida Medical Quality Insurance, Inc http://www.fmqai.com/
Florida Medicare http://www.floridamedicare.com/
Medicare http://www.medicare.gov/
United States Department of Health http://www.hhs.gov/
Florida Council on Aging, website is http://www.fcoa.org/

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