Senior community centers and adult day cares may reopen so long as safety guidelines are in place.
This is based on Executive Order 20-244 issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding statewide business opening rules, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor's Emergency Order 30-20 signed on Saturday, Sept. 26.
This order does not apply at this time to Assisted Living Facilities as defined under Chapter 29.02 of Florida Statutes or nursing homes as defined in Chapter 400.021 of Florida Statutes.
Enrollment for this emergency program has ended, however, enrolled seniors will continue to receive services. Seniors in need of services can also apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have SNAP applications available for residents. Residents can also apply online at myflorida.com/accessflorida or by calling 866-762-2237 (TTY 1-800-955-8771).
Residents who are registered in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care will also be reconnected with their provider to resume any services that may have been dropped.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has resources that can assist families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia illnesses.
Guidance can be provided on topics and questions about combating isolation, keeping engaged, washing tips, caregiver stress, whether family members should visit during this time, items to have in the home, and more.
Assistance is available:
- By toll-free helpline at 1-866-232-8484, seven days a week, staffed entirely by licensed social workers who are trained in dementia care
- By web chat on the AFA website. Click on the blue and white chat icon on the lower right hand corner of the page
- By sending a text message to 646-586-5283
The web and text chat features are available in more than 90 languages.