Older adults living in Florida can take advantage of plenty of benefits including food delivery options for seniors, low-income financial assistance for utility bills, and discounts for prescription medications. Using the Eldercare Locator can also help you find specific services in your neighborhood.
To keep your search short, Senior Strong outlined a few senior benefit programs that Florida residents can take advantage of.
For seniors with limited income, the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) can help cover the cost of energy bills and address emergencies such as a shut-off notice. To be eligible, a household needs to have at least one member over the age of 60 and meet the stated income requirements.
The amount of funding varies depending on the situation but can range to as much as $600 for some seniors, which is then paid directly to the utility company.
All Florida senior citizens over the age of 60 can gain access to nutrition programs served at senior centers and other locations throughout the state. However, priority may be given to those in need, and availability varies depending on where you live.
Some services include nutrition education, home-delivered meals, group dining facilities, the Adult Care Food Program, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Senior residents of Florida can also make use of the Florida Rx card, which is a free discount card that provides savings for prescription medication. Using this card, older citizens can get up to 40% off brand name and prescription medicine from a number of retailers across the state. It has no income limits.
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Irene Lefever is a senior advisor whose role is to make sure that senior citizens’ physical, mental, psychological, and emotional needs are catered to. Lefever got her degree in Multimedia Arts at the University of California, Riverside.