MFCS' Senior Services programs offer a wide array of services designed to support aging seniors in their efforts to live independently in their own homes, improving their ability to function and avoiding costly placement in long term care facilities.
Who is Eligible:
Persons 60 years of age and older. Additional eligibility requirements vary by program depending upon household income, level of functioning, and/or medical diagnosis (e.g., Alzheimers).
Case managed clients may be assessed a co-payment based upon ability to pay.
Services are supported through a variety of state and federal sources including the Older American's Act (OAA), Community Care for the Elderly (CCE), Home Care for the Elderly (CCE), and Alzheimer's Disease Initiative (ADI) administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and Area Agency on Aging (Elder Options).
For more information about services or to schedule an appointment call 352-796-1426.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
Locations: Hernando, Lake, Polk and Sumter counties.
If you are interested in volunteering with MFCS' Senior Services Department, please contact:
Ms. Christine is a 64 year old female who was referred to MFCS due to self-neglect.
During the initial assessment, we found that Ms. Christine was unable to complete most of her Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) due to declining health and mobility conditions. She also needed immediate assistance cleaning her home, and with personal care because she was unable to take baths without assistance. Mid Florida Community Services immediately put Homemaking and Personal Care services in place provided by Families Come First. Initially, Ms. Christine was very hesitant about having MFCS staff in her home.
By the 30 day visit, the case manager noticed a change in both her appearance and attitude. Ms. Christine was very grateful and appreciative of the services being provided. Over the course of several weeks, Ms. Christine's self-esteem increased and she was able to live independently with dignity, avoiding placement in a nursing home.
Edith “Edie” Wilson is the driving force behind the “Pets on Wheels” program, which is a small grant administered by Meals on Wheels of America to provide dog/cat food to seniors throughout Hernando County. In 2015, Edie logged 1,397 hours and packaged 3,662 pounds of dog/cat food, feeding an average of 107 pets per month.
Ongoing research suggests that pets not only provide companionship, but also have a positive impact on overall senior health to include an emotional/psychological component. Without Edie’s selfless dedication, these seniors may not be able to keep their beloved pets or they may choose to go hungry themselves and feed their pets the food delivered for them by our Meals-on-Wheels program.
As a testament to Edie’s devotion to the program, the recent loss of her husband did not slow her down. Instead, she honored the memory of her husband by continuing to compassionately serve others.
Mr. David does not have any local friends or family to assist him and found himself in the situation of having his electricity disconnected and was without a phone to seek assistance for himself. Our case manager went to the client's home and was able to call the electric company and advocate on his behalf. As a result, Mr. David was given an extension to pay the electric bill, giving the case manager time to arrange for the client to receive electric assistance from a local community agency. With the assistance of the case manager and the provider aide Mr. David was able to complete his paperwork for electricity service and subsequently received assistance through the Salvation Army. His electricity was restored the same day, preventing him from going days or weeks without service.