Elder & Disabled
Gulf Coast JFCS provides a host of support services across the state of Florida to help disabled adults and older adults live more fulfilling, independent lives in their own homes.
Gulf Coast JFCS is proud to partner with the Area Agency on Aging for Pasco-Pinellas Counties (AAAPP). As the lead agency for Pinellas County, we assist in coordinating care and connecting seniors to needed services.
Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI) provides community-based services for the special needs of individuals aged 18+ with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. There is a co-pay fee required of clients receiving services based on the client’s income and ability to pay. Services of the ADI program focus on providing respite care for caregivers of persons who have Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia, offering them weekly relief from the constant demands of caregiving.
Community Care for the Elderly
Community Care for the Elderly (CCE- Lead Agency) provides case management coordination for the homemaker, personal care, respite, and other services to enable frail and functionally impaired elders to remain in their homes and avoid or delay placement in a nursing home.
Companionship, Help & Access by Telephone for Seniors (CHATS) is a Gulf Coast JFCS program that matches seniors with a volunteer caller so they can enjoy a weekly telephone chat.
CHATS program staff matches callers based on preferences and interests. The caller and participant work together to decide what day and time to chat. With CHATS, the same person will call each week. CHATS is free, only a reliable land line or cell phone is required.
- Research shows friends are good for your health
- Callers can become lifelong friends
- Callers can connect you to Gulf Coast JFCS resources that might be helpful
- You can learn and share something together
- Callers can make you SMILE
To learn more, email CHATS@gcjfcs.org or call our CHATS Program Coordinator at 727.450.7278
Egret Housing is a seven-unit housing complex for low-income individuals with disabilities located in New Port Richey in Pasco County. Funded by HUD, the project is sponsored by Gulf Coast and under the auspices of a separate housing corporation.
Home Care for the Elderly
Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) provides subsidy payments to help caregivers maintain low-income seniors in their own home or the home of a caregiver. The monthly subsidy payment is made to the caregiver for support and health maintenance and to assist with specialized health care needs. A special subsidy is a flexible payment that reimburses caregivers for purchases of special supplies, equipment, or services needed to maintain the health and well-being of the senior.
Older Americans Title III-B Homemaker Program
Community Care for the Elderly
Flexible, short-term or long-term care
Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough
No minimum service requirement or hourly fee for service
Homemaker/Companionship assists with housecleaning, laundry, meal preparation, shopping and companionship to disabled and frail elderly individuals in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. Homemaker services provide a safe, clean living environment and avoid or postpone nursing home placement and are available on a fee-for-service basis.
What’s on your to do list? Our homemakers can do that!
- RScrub bathroom
- RGrocery shopping
- RChange beds
- RPay bills
- RClean kitchen
- RPrepare dinner
- RPick up medications
- RPrepare food
- RPlan meals
Myrtle Oaks is a 99-unit apartment complex for low income seniors located in northeast Tampa. Sponsored by Gulf Coast JFCS and under the auspices of a separate housing corporation, Myrtle Oaks was funded by a $5.7 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
How it works:
Tenants are required to undergo a screening process for eligibility. After acceptance, the tenants’ portion of the rent is based on the household’s adjusted monthly income (appx 30%) and HUD subsidizes the remainder of the tenants’ rent.
The well-maintained facility is complemented by quality-of-life enhancing activities.
Service Coordinators are on staff and available to help with any additional services or benefits for which the tenants are eligible.
- Craft Clubs
- Study Groups
- Informational Seminars
- Group Activities
Older Adults Support Team
Older Adults Support Team provides specialized intervention for elders at risk of suicide. In close coordination with state Adult Protective Services, this holistic program in Broward County provides in-home assessment, crisis intervention counseling, peer support, follow up and case management with the overall goal of reducing suicide risk.
Prevention and Intervention Services
Prevention and Intervention Services provide substance abuse services for adults in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties. We offer presentations focusing on the prevention of substance abuse and increasing healthy behaviors in our communities. For individuals who present with risk factors for substance misuse, we provide in- home services for individualized screening, assessment, and intervention through education, short-term problem solving, advocacy, referral, and follow-up to reduce risk factors and the need for more extensive treatment.
Alcohol/Substance Abuse Warning Signs
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Persistent irritability
- Unexplained chronic pain
- Unusual restlessness or agitation
- Complaints of blurred vision or dry mouth
- Changes in eating habits
- Slurred speech
- Frequent falls or unexplained bruising
Medical Misuse Warning Signs
- General loss of interest
- Memory trouble after taking medication
- Loss of coordination
- Being unsure of oneself
- Having trouble concentrating
- Excessive fatigue or wakefulness
- Confusion about medication use
Depression Warning Signs
- Being easily upset
- Social isolation
- Lack of energy
- Increased forgetfulness
- Neglecting self-care
- Crying easily
- Believing that one can’t do anything worthwhile
- Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed
- Thinking life isn’t worth living