Caregiver Compensation - Florida

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Florida offers two ways to get paid as a family caregiver.


1. Florida Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) Program: is a non-Medicaid program that is designed to allow elderly and/or disabled individuals who would otherwise require care in a nursing facility to remain at home. This program provides a stipend to help pay for food, clothing, and medical services. 


Program Requirements

  • MUST be 60+ years of age

    • MUST be at risk for nursing home placement

    • MUST be low income (Recipients of any of the following programs are automatically financially eligible: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), or Specified Low-income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB))

    • ONLY adults who live in home with the care recipient are eligible


Contact Number:  1-800-963-5337 (Florida Elder Helpline)


2. Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program: enables elderly and/or disabled adults who require nursing facility level of assistance to receive care at home. This program allows friends and family members to be hired and paid for providing personal care services. Depending on eligibility, other services might include: adult day care, caregiver training, and meal deliveries. 


Program Requirements

  • MUST be legal Florida resident

    • MUST be 65 years old, or, between 18 and 64 years old and designated as disabled by the Social Security Administration

    • MUST be in need of “nursing facility level of care”

    • MUST be Medicaid eligible, if not already on it (please call the Elder Helpline for more specific financial eligibility)

    • All caregivers eligible 

Contact Number:  800-963-5337 ( Toll free Florida Elder Helpline)