Aging Services/Elder Helpline

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Manatee County manages many programs to assist elderly residents. The programs enable seniors ages 60 and older to remain in their homes, the home of their caregiver, or an assisted living facility.

Some programs require a co-pay based on a sliding fee scale. For more information, call (941) 749-3030 or call the Manatee County Elder Helpline, (941) 742-5818.

Elder Helpline (941) 742-5818

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The Elder Helpline is an information and referral line for anyone seeking information or services relating to Manatee County senior citizens.


Elder Helpline is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is a voicemail system in place for after hours and holidays in which a person can leave a message and their call will be returned the next business day.


To reach the Elder Helpline, simply call (941) 742-5818.


In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or the Department of Children and Families Abuse Registry at (800) 962-2873


Aging and Elderly Service Programs

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Nursing home care is avoided or delayed through use of the following services:


Case Management - Trained case managers link clients with needed services in the community, monitor the services, and periodically review clients' needs.

Homemaker - Service includes housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, laundry services, and shopping for groceries, medical supplies and incidentals.

Personal Care - Services are directed at preserving the health of the elderly by assisting with personal hygiene and dressing.

Emergency Alert Response - An electronic surveillance service that monitors homebound seniors by linking them to a communication response center, which responds to emergencies.

Home Delivered Meals - Furnishes a hot, nutritious noon-time meal delivered to the elderly person's home.

Medical Transportation - Service available to elderly persons who are without a method of traveling to medical appointments of facilities.

Adult Day Care - Benefits adults who may be isolated and can profit from participation in a group setting. Dementia and/or a caregiver are not requirements.

Respite Care - Affords supervision and companionship in the home or at an adult day care facility for physically disabled or mentally impaired seniors. This program is designed to periodically relieve the primary caregiver.

Home Care for the Elderly - Supplies a stipend to elderly persons requiring 24 hour care to encourage provision of care for seniors in their home or their caregivers' home.

Medicaid Waiver Home and Community Based Services - Program offers all services except assisted living facility (ALF) support. In addition, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, companion service, escort, pest control, and help with chores are available. No co-pay is required. Medicaid and technical criteria must be met.

Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver - Provides financial assistance to elderly persons for expenses with congregate care or limited nursing services in an assisted living facility. Medicaid and technical criteria must be met.

Community Referrals - Program involves connecting seniors to needed services or items (such as legal services or shower chairs) which are provided on a volunteer or at cost basis.

Volunteer Program - Locates volunteers through Volunteer Services of Manatee County, Inc., to provide help to elderly citizens such as window washing and yard work. Minor home repairs are available when certain conditions are met. 


Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly (EHEAP)

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The EHEAP program assists households with at least one person aged 60 and over with payment of electric final notices, deposits, and past due notices.  Eligibility is based on household size and gross income.  Applications are by appointment only.

For further information, please call (941) 749-3030